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Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2010
Went for dinner on a recent weeknight. The food was excellent: we started by splitting the taramosalata, melitzanosalata, and tzaziki, which were excellent and filling. We each then had a fish entree, both of which were imaginatively prepared, perfectly cooked, delicious, and "healthy." So far, so good. But-the place was packed, with tables close together, and the noise level was ridiculous. We were literally screaming to hear each other, and were exhausted by the time the dinner was over. Despite the delicious food, we left with great relief, and then had a bit of that deafness that one has after a really loud rock concert--ridiculous! Also, Avra is apparently a strong supporter of the current trend to have restaurants so dark you can hardly see what you're eating. So--the darkness would be romantic and the place would be great for an intimate tete-a-tete, as long as you didn't want to talk to each other. With earplugs and a flashlight, one could have an excellent time here. But as it is, we will not be returning.
Posted by "anonymous" on 07/14/2009
Avra is great. It is beautifully decorated, chic and has a very nice outdoor patio that I love. All of thier appetizers are fabulous and they have an outstanding wine selection. Their entrees are amazing as well. Very fresh seafood dishes (try the shrimp!) I would definitely reccommend Avra to anyone who wants to experience authentic greek food that is a few steps above the rest.
Posted by FT on 05/06/2009
i know not really a steak restaurant but still. pretty bad steak. bad quality. a little overpriced but what nyc rest isnt? and we had a crappy table. but still not a bad place to bring a lady.
Posted by Els on 03/30/2009
I went with my boyfriend and his parents. Our waiter was very helpful and attentive. We started with a few apps, which were all very good. And then we split the whole fish of the day. It was very light and seasoned nicely. We ended with greek yogurt with honey and walnuts and cherry syrup. It was excellent. Overall, it was a very pleasant experience and I would go again.
Posted by Nan on 02/12/2009
Had eaten 2x in the past couple years and thought food was mediocre; would not have returned. Got invited to a dinner at a table of 7. Many appetizers were ordered so we had an extensive sampling of the food which was excellent. I'm a major cook and have very high standards on quality, seasoning, etc. Everything was high quality ingredients, excellent texture e.g. the octopus, shrimp, tuna, etc. Extremely well seasoned and cooked to perfection. Service was fairly attentive despite the place being packed. Only negative is it's rather noisy esp in the front room. I can't wait to return for more of that savory food and am having my leftovers for lunch
Posted by bob the bunny on 12/25/2008
The food for brunch was really great! When you get bread at the beginning it comes with butter and figs, it is amazing! I had the Greek toast which was really good, accept a little soggy. Over all I think it is definetly worth it.
Posted by FoodFan on 12/11/2008
Be forewarned - lunchtime at this place is PACKED! Definitely try the Kolokithi - thin deep fried eggplant and zucchini chips with a creamy yogurt dipping sauce - they're addictive! The spanakopita is also good, I liked that the layer of filo was very thin and it was overstuffed with spinach, which I prefer. I had the Arctic Char as my entree, which is similar to salmon in texture, but milder, and it came with braised wild greens, which were a bit bitter. I would have preferred grilled vegetables or another side instead. For desert, I had the baklava. The filo was nothing like the aforementioned spinach pie, instead, it was very hard and flaky and difficult to cut. It was still tasty, and was served with a scoop of ice cream, a presentation which I've never had before, the two complemented each other very well (but then again, what dessert DOESN'T taste great with a scoop of ice cream?) Overall, the food was good, although it is pretty pricey.