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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.
Posted by great food on 09/25/2005
This is a fabulous Greek restuarant for Manhattan standards. It has a romantic atmosphere with outstanding service, and to top it off great Greek food. It is not as upscale as Milos on the upper west side, but comes in at a close second, Great restaurant for a first date.
Posted by Jason IBM Corp on 08/19/2005
I had high hopes for this restaurant as my friend a frequent guest there spoke highly of its vegetarian and seafood dishes. The food I found to be adequate. The appetizers were actually quite good, the fish entree (I had Sea Bass) was bland, with too much tomato sauce that made the entire dish soggy. The atomsphere is hip, with many young singles working their mojo magic. However this extended to the wait staff and hostesses, who in their very short micro skirts and plunging neck line dresses spent more time flirting w/ young 20 somethings than attending to the many guests in line waiting to be greeted, let alone seated. When asked about the specials, our waiter replied, "what?". When asked "the menu states that this is a mediterranean delicacy" but does not tell us what the delicacy is ... What is it? He replied ... "there is no such thing in English". "So what does it taste like? Is it a fruit, vegetable, animal?". He replied you will like it if you like it, and you will not like it if you dont like it. When we asked that another bottle of wine be opened and served with the main course, he returned immediately with another bottle, and seemed confused when we told him to please put the bottle in a wine cooler (ice bucket). Almost as if he were perturbed by our request. He came only once after taking our order to see if our meal was progressing well. I had to find him, & when I presented him with my credit card to pay for the meal, he replied, do you want to wait for dessert menus? I told him, when we are done with the meal, I would like to pay for everything -- including any desserts, I am trying to treat my guests without anyone "fighting over the check". At which point he returned my card -- to my surprise. He said, then I will take your card after dessert and when you have your bill . He was unable to grasp the concept. Finally when I had the bill paid, he yanked it away within 1 sec to see his tip.