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Kefi - 10 Reviews - 505 Columbus Ave, New York, NY - Local Favorite Reviews - Phone (212) 873-0200


505 Columbus Ave (at 84th Street)
New York, NY 10023
(212) 873-0200
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Great, Casual Greek in the UWS 12/18/2011

Kefi serves up some of the best Greek food in the area. With an extensive menu from chef Michael Psilakis,... more

I Love This Place@ 7/26/2011

Whenever I visit my college friend on the UPS we go to Kefi. The place is always lively and the food is truly great. I enjoy everything. In particular I love the meatballs, pita spreads and last, but not least, the sheep milk dumplings! AMAZING! Not sure if the offer the special menu but they offer a three course menu at $39.95 where some of the aforementioned items are available - can't beat it! Will always go back- craving those dumplings now! more

Kefi - July 3, 2010 7/31/2010

Whatever you have read about Kefi's lamb burger, believe it. So, read other reviews, and come back here.\r \r Preliminary hurdle: Tactile Test - Pass\r \r What does a good burger need? It is not a trick question. You think it is meat? Well, that is more like an assumption: We cannot even start a semi-intelligent discussion about burgers without good meat. So, try again. OK, let me tell you, then: The biggest hurdle, which throws off many, in fact, most burgers, is the buns. Allow me retract the word - ""buns"" - because it is associated firmly in my mind with that soggy, sloppy, soft weakling of baked starch, which if called ""bread,"" I am sure, most of the boulangeries in France will either have a riot or a heart attack. Yes, it is that piece of yellowish carbohydrate you usually get, which cannot withstand the liquid goodness of the meat without disintegrating.\r \r Thankfully, Kefi uses real bread, which is of well-balanced firmness to stand up to the juice emanating from the lamb (I refuse to use the word, ""patty."" Don't you think it sounds rather, well, idiotic?). Now, I can proceed with the taste examination.\r \r Tasting: \r \r Meat: Good - Juicy and very tasty, but was it lamb? You could have fooled me. I am not complaining, but was it lamb or veal or beef or what? Or has genetic engineering advanced to a stage to breed a hybrid of all three?\r \r Meat with bread: Good - Bread had enough good wheaty savoriness but not so much to fight against the lamb.\r \r Meat with bread, plus feta cheese - Outstanding. Feta, feta, feta, where have you been? Blue cheese is delicious, but you are lovely on my palate, too.\r \r Accompaniment: \r \r Refreshingly cool salad: Good.\r \r Home-made potato chips: How can it be bad? more

Fantastic, Affordable Greek 1/19/2010

Michael Psilakis’ Kefi is very delicious Greek at very affordable prices. The atmosphere rustic and comforting, Kefi dishes out bold, refined plates of pork souvlaki, grilled swordfish, crispy Greek salads, and mouthwatering meatballs (which I highly recommend). Service was great, and reservations are widely available. more

A bit disappointing 7/28/2009

Recently had dinner at Kefi; a long awaited visit. The place was packed - good sign. Drinks were good, octopus appetizer was great. The rest of the food was mediocre at best - they seemed to be VERY generoud with the olive oil, and stingy with the lemon on the lemon potatoes. There are definitely better Greek places in Manhattan. Pros: octupus appetizer Cons: dishes too oily more

Improved with New Location 7/4/2009

Since there are so few good restaurants on the Upper West Side - and by good I mean serving well-made and well-priced food in nicely designed spaces - Kefi stands out as a bright star. Unfortunately, because there are so few good restaurants this far up in the neighborhood, the good ones tend to be enormous and crowded. Kefi is both. Fortunately they now take reservations. The food is well made - seemingly with an emphasis on seafood. Though there are pasta, lamb and other obvious Greek classics on offer, the real gems, in my opinion, were the fresh and incredibly delicious fish dishes. Recommended for smaller groups that can make their way up and down steps to get to the much less crowded lower-level dining area. Pros: Food and Service Cons: Bad Layout - Crowded and Noisy Bar Area more

Affordable Greek has Finally Arrived on the UWS 6/15/2009

Kefi has been one of our favorite restaurants since it opened. It moved from it's humble space on 79th St., to a very large space on Columbus, but maintained the same menu, and more importantly, the very reasonable prices. My favorite dish is the hanger steak. It's probably the best steak for under $15 anywhere in NYC. Other notable dishes include the calamari, pork sulvloki, bronzino and lamb chops special. The kids menu is terrific too. Pros: Everything is dependendable and reasonably priced Cons: Tables are packed a little tight. Need a reservation. more

Great food, reasonable prices 5/13/2009

I was at Kefi with a friend on the early side of Wednesday evening. We got seated right away and there were still empty tables. By the time we left, the whole place was crowded. The food was great, we had the appetizer of spreads, I had sheeps milk dumplings with sausage. We split a bottle of wine and the bill was still really reasonable. We were also served very quickly, but that could have been the early hour. Pros: food, prices Cons: started to get crowded after a while more

Overcrowded, Loud, but Food (and pricepoint) Makes it 3 stars 1/29/2009

The new space at Kefi is huge - and much nicer than its previous subterranean space on 79th street. Unfortunately, there is absolutely nowhere to stand while waiting for a table (meaning you should expect to get pushed and shoved and stared at by other hungry diners) and the decibel level, especially in the cavernous downstairs, is deafening. On a recent Saturday night, the three of us we were crammed in two person table with no apologies and a table of six next to us were screaming at each other just to be heard. I agree with the critics - the signature dishes are worth a visit - rabbit pasta, selection of dips, shrimp with orzo, meatballs - and are priced well to be economical. However, the environment tests the patience and willingness of this diner to return on any regular basis. Pros: Overall food quality Cons: Noise level, cavernous downstairs more
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  • Michael Psilakis aimed to take Greek cuisine to a three-star level with Anthos, but it's at Kefi, his casual comfort food venue, that he's most loved. Though relocated, the restaurant is the same...

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Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm Sun-Tues 5pm-10pm Wed-Thurs 5pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 5pm - 12am Sunday 11:30 am-3pm
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  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Upper West Side