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Posted by Anonymous on 05/24/2006
We arrived at 6:15 for a drink at the bar and then brought to our table for dinner. Our waitress was very sweet and attentive. The hummus, olives and radishes that were complimentary were all good. Appetizers were the grilled sea bass and the grilled octopus. The octopus was great, but the sea bass was still half raw when brought to the table.The main fish courses were light white fish that the waitress picked out and were grilled with olive oil, herbs and lemon..just great. Dessert was the baklavah-yum and we also had the sorbet...very good. All in all a great experience with excellent food. I would go back soon.
Posted by Ervin on 05/23/2006
Avra restaurant is one of the finest restaurants in NYC. Their crabcakes melt in your mouth. Huge, whole pieces of crabmeat fill your mouth. Avra has come a long way and is here to make its mark on the New York restaurant scene.
Posted by Michael on 03/24/2006
I took my family to Avra earlier this week. I found the restaurant to be very nice. We started with the Kalamarakia and Kolokithia. Both were exceptional. For entrees we tried the Barbounia and Brizola. The fish was outstanding! Cooked to perfection. My son had the steak. It was cooked properly and tastest great. For dessert the Chocolate cake with fig ice cream, Karidopita (walnut cake) and the Galactobourico were outstanding. This was the best meal we had during our week in NYC.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/16/2006
Food is mediocre, and very overpriced. Service is fine, though a bit clumsy. Atmosphere is meant to be in the style of a mahogany speak-easy, but it is too fake, and doesn't manage to pull it off. Octopus was poorly flavored, and only of mediocre quality; hummus was bland; eggplant app was pretty good; swordfish was good, however the vegetable medley side was quite weak, especially for the price… Don’t think I would go back or recommend the place, but I wouldn’t tell someone to never go there. Wine list is fairly comprehensive, though, again, overpriced.
Posted by jaime on 03/14/2006
We went early last Friday night to celebrate, and were given a small table in the middle of the room, even though the place was still relatively empty. When we asked to switch to a larger table, we were told that we could move until a half an hour from then because they "needed it back" for someone else who reserved it, mind you, we also had a reservation, but I guess that table was really off limits! We ended up getting an additional small table moved to make our table larger, which was ok. Otherwise, the food was very good, though pricy for the portions. I believe if they worked on getting their customer service fine tuned, they would be more sucessful. The old Avra, was better though.
Posted by not-a-tourist on 02/25/2006
We live around the corner and have resisted going here for many years, having heard it is overpriced and touristy. So we went at 6:30 on a Saturday. The front of the house was good--asked us which room we preferred and recommended the back wine room, as it was more quiet and it was just the two of us. That turned out to be a good choice, amazingly. The food is excellent and that is the best thing about this restaurant. The service is so so , for the prices. They don't replace the silverware after the appetizers, and they don't refill the water without asking, although they are eager to sell bottled water. But the worst was when the check came. We were not exactly cheapskates--we both had appetizers, and expensive main courses, along with very expensive sides. And martinis, and two glasses of wine.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/16/2005
I have now been to Avra several times and the food has been consistently well prepared. I always get fish and it is fresh and nicely presented. The staff does a fine job and they don't crawl all over you. Ask your waiter for a few suggestions if you are unsure about the menu. Next to my mother-in-law's cuisine, It is some of the best in town.