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Kefi (CLOSED) - 28 Reviews - 222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 873-0200


222 W 79th St, New York, NY 10024
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-0200
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I love them because clearly they love me. The food they feed me is so good & fresh. I feel healthier after I eat here then anywhere else. Period. I find the service terrific and I...


We had a decent dinner but weren't able to relax because the waiter kept rushing us. He kept hovering over us while we ate and while we paid for the bill. After the meal was over...

Good choice for Greek - maybe your only choice. 8/23/2010

I love them because clearly they love me. The food they feed me is so good & fresh. I feel healthier after I eat here then anywhere else. Period. I find the service terrific and I do not think they take too long -- once you actually get a seat. more

Great food, if you find a seat 5/27/2010

Unadorned whitewashed walls, azure blue trim, industrial lawnmower-like decibel levels ? yes, a Greek restaurant at its finest. One of the better Greek dinners I?ve had, but it was a difficult task to get there. After we were told to return in an hour (which was fine ? enough time for a cocktail down the block), we returned to wait again for almost a half hour. Our party of five was thoughtfully squeezed into a corner table hardly made for four, the fifth man placed snugly next to our neighbor, who played elbow wars the entire night. Our overworked server decided to treat us like we had never eaten this kind of food before, notwithstanding our Greek friend dining with us. No matter, the food was amazing, highlighted by the appetizer spreads of both Greek yogurt, roe, eggplant, and chickpeas, and potato, string beans, feta, and olives. Pros: Mmm. Cons: Loud and crowded more

Comfortable little spot with above-average... 11/25/2008

susan Provided by Partner
Comfortable little spot with above-average Greek food and decent prices: about $40 for an appetizer, entree, and dessert, including tax and tip. more

Comfortable little spot with above-average... 11/25/2008

susan Provided by Partner
Comfortable little spot with above-average Greek food and decent prices: about $40 for an appetizer, entree, and dessert, including tax and tip. more

Great greek food at very reasonable prices 7/14/2008

The last 2 reviewers must have been in really bad moods or something cause this place was beyond pleasant. The staff was nice and efficient and did everything well and we were there on a saturday night. We sat and had a relaxed and enjoyable meal. We ordered up a bunch of appetizers and then split the leg of lamb and it was a perfect amount of food and with drinks and tip we got out of there for 80 bucks for 2! No small feat in this town. The grilled octopus was the best I've ever had and the lamb fell right off the getting hungry just thinking about this place....I definitely plan to make this a regular stop. Pros: food, food, food Cons: get's busy but thats to be expected for this place more

Don't go expecting a relaxing dinner 3/27/2008

We had a decent dinner but weren't able to relax because the waiter kept rushing us. He kept hovering over us while we ate and while we paid for the bill. After the meal was over and done with, we were poured more water without asking and then ten seconds later, our water was taken away. What an insult. This behavior really ruined what could have been a nice dinner. Don't expect any Greek hospitality here. Pros: ambience Cons: rushed service more

Felt like I was in Greece! 2/29/2008

We read about Kefi in TONY and wanted to check it out randomly one early evening. Thank goodness we got there before 6.30 because the place was getting packed. It's very small, initimate but the service and food was amazing. This dinner rivaled our meals in Greece. Everything was super fresh and pretty affordable. I also had the Greek Margarita and it was yummy. I would totally come back. Pros: Food, Service and Price Cons: Small drinks more

better than any Greek food in NY -- and I live in Astoria!!!! 2/19/2008

My friend and I arrived here after work on the advice of a co-worker. Pros: Wonderful food, loud exciting dining Cons: long wait (but worth it!), cash only more

Best Greek on upper west 12/16/2007

Kefi is a gem amongst utter garbage in the upper west side. The appetizers were good, maybe even the highlight of the meal. We got octopus, cod with scordalia, and sheep's milk dumplings; all on point. Entrees were a little less exciting but well executed. We lack knowledge of greek wines but our waiter was able to point us in the right direction as to what we were looking for. The only problem we had was thus: the menu is very summery. Almost all the items on the menu were comprised of summer ingredients, even though we ate here in mid December. Maybe there is no winter in Greece but there certainly is in NYC. Overall, we will be back, but probably not until mid august unless the menu changes drastically. Cheese flan rocks! Pros: Good food, well executed. Cons: Non seasonal, and it shows. more

Amazing innovative Greek food and friendly staff 8/15/2007

I read about Kefi on Citysearch and tried it out that Monday night with my family. We were a party of 6 and they put us at this small table in this room which was no bigger than a closet. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable and when another table opened up in the main dining room, they moved us immediately, making for a very pleasant dining experience. The food was phenomenal. All Greek dishes with a great little twist. Everyone in my party was so happy and excited with their food, we passed around so everyone could taste each one. The taramousalata was incredible- better than some I even had in Greece! Pros: great food, friendly waitstaff, good imported Greek wine selection Cons: small dining room more

Straight from the Crete 6/9/2007

I simply adore Kefi. Michael Psilakis is certainly a genious. His spin on traditional Greek food is remarkable. The perfect octopus, the cremiest spreads, the softest meatballs and the most delicious mussels. All under $10 and with lots of interesting Greek wines to match under $25. I usually can make a meal with the above mezes, but I also love the branzino and the lamb shank if I have the appetite for a main course. It pays to be nice with the gentleman at the door because the bar area is always mobbed with customers waiting for a table in the charming back dining room. However, the waiters are always nice and polite and they remember my favorite dishes each visit. I am glad to have such a fantastic restaurant at these bargain prices in my neighborhood. Pros: Great Wines Cons: Long Wait more

A Greek Island of Great Value 5/31/2007

I don't think I have been at a restaurant in New York City where such great food comes at gentle prices as the ones at Kefi. Pros: great ambiance Cons: no reservations more

Good Greek Food, Need To Work On Customer Service and Relations 5/10/2007

Tried out Kefi for a pre-theatre dinner, but our experience was marred by a lecture we received from the maitre' d. We initially expected a party of four, but ended up being three as our fourth was delayed and we didn't expect her to join us for dinner. We informed the maitre' d of the change and were seated as a party of three. Unexpectedly our fourth party did show up once we had finished our dinners and were deciding on our desserts. more

Remarkable Restaurant 5/4/2007

Those who like to bash the culinary choices on the Upper West Side should pay a visit to Kefi. The place is so well run with waiters who take lots of pride and want their customers to learn more about Greek food and wine. They suggested that we shared few mezes and they were all terrific, especially the meatballs. The wine they reccomended costs only $25 per bottle and it was full and elegant. The little private table is ideal for friends to get together and talk and if you want to eat beyond the mezes, try the branzino and the lamb. They were both first rate and priced below $20 Pros: Great service Cons: Long waits more

The Best Value in New York 4/8/2007

Delicious food, professional service and charming ambiance comes at a very fair price at Kefi. I love Greek food and Kefi serves some of the freshest and most original this side of Athens. Do not miss the bargain priced wines from Santorini and order the octopus to start. The swordfish was outstanding and at $15 and even the lamb shank at the same price proves that the kitchen at Kefi is equally skilled with fish or meat preparations. Desserts were also very good especially the chocolate-halva cake. Too bad for the wait, but they tell me its quieter after 9 Pm Pros: Great diversity on the menu Cons: Usually a wait before 9 PM more

Service is so bad 4/2/2007

Food and prices are worth going back for, just make sure you have hours to do it in as the service is abysmal. Dissapointing. more


I have been a resident on the UWS for many years, but no restaurant has fullfilled my wishes as much as Kefi. It is a casual place and usually there is a wait at the bar for a table, but the food is really outstanding and the prices are so gentle that will allow me to go back many times during the month. The dining room is really charming with those cute Blue chairs that match the colored walls. The servers are really professionals and they know so much about the food and wines that are servings that it is hard not to take their suggestions. It is a cozy neighborhood restaurants that I wish that there more like that. Pros: Cozy ambiance Cons: dinner only more

Olympic Restaurant 3/26/2007

This is really the best Greek restaurant I have ever been to. I spent few Summers vacationing in Greece and I found most of the dishes and the wines at Kefi to be very authentic. I loved the stuffed Cuttlefish and the Sweetbreads. However, the most convincing dish was the grilled octopus. For a moment I felt like I was back in Santorini, especially given the fact that all appetizers were under $10 and all main courses around $15. The decor of the place in white and blue sure helped and the friendly manager eager to serve us the Santorini white wine augmented my perception. The place was vibrant and full when I arrived at 10 PM on Saturday, but prices for Ouzo are very reasonable at $6 per glass and I indulged while I was waiting for a table. I also love that Kefi serves few Greek dessert wines at $4 each. It sure gives you an excuse to order their fantastic sweet creations like the chocolate and halva mousse. I can't wait to try Chef Michael Psilakis new Mid-Town restaurant. Pros: festive atmosphere Cons: usually a wait for a table more

Overrated and overhyped 3/25/2007

While the prices are unbeatable, the food is average and the ambience is loud, making it difficult to converse, not to mention the lengthy wait. My wife and I went to Kefi after reading the reviews. We arrived at 6:30 on Tuesday and waited for approximately 45 minutes for a table. After being seated, we tasted a number of appetizers with the greek salad being the best. However, the open spinach pie was too watery, the feta cheese with pita very bland and the meatballs too soft, one was not cooked. We were disappointed given what we read and our hope to find an authentic greek restaurant. But we understood the reason behind the hype and good reviews... the prices are so low. Pros: low prices Cons: ambience, long wait and disappointing food more

Hellenic Triumph 3/18/2007

I am so excited that Kefi opened in my neighborhood. The octopus is the best I have ever had and the branzino is delicious and priced at $15 might be the best bargain in New York. Kefi also surprised me with few twist on the classics, like an open spinach pie and light manti with a tasty chesse sauce. The all Greek wine list is still very broad, but the waiter are so well versed in explaining each bottle. I love the white and blue room and even the front bar is attractive to have a moderately priced ouzo while waiting for a table. Unfortunately, there is always a wait for a table since Kefi does not take reservations, but I managed to get a table quickly by dining after 9:30 Pros: Great Service Cons: No Reservations more
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    In 2006, two of celebrated chef Michael Psilakis' restaurants, Dona and Onera, closed. Yet shortly after, two new restaurants, Kefi and Anthos, sprang up in their place. A more...

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