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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.
Posted by Billh on 06/25/2005
Waiter took water order (tap or bottled) shortly after being seated. Server brought water. Waiter did not reappear for 15 minutes, at which time he declared he was ready to take our food order. Since the wife & I were out for the evening to relax & dine, we requested a cocktail, which had been overlooked by the waiter upon being seated. We also ordered an appetiser to share (fried calamari). Waiter then suggested taking entre' order and explained fish entree's would take 30 minutes. We reluctantly ordered, but explained we were in no hurry and did not want our courses rushed. Within the next five minutes our calamari was served. Within another 7-8 minutes, our fish entrees were served (we had only consumed about one-half of our appetiser). Shortly thereafter the waiter appeared and I ordered a glass of wine to enjoy with my dinner, since no one had bothered to take a wine order. About 15 minutes later, the waiter reappeared to "check on things". Since we were through eating our food, I told him not to serve the wine I had ordered earlier, that he had obviously forgotten to serve. Next, I requested our check. When he brought it, I paid and mentioned to our waiter, after looking at my watch, " Well, you managed to get rid of us in 55 minutes." Back on the street after our anything but relaxing & peaceful dinner, my wife & I vowed not to return.
Posted by Citygirl on 06/09/2005
I went to Avra last Valentine's day and have gone again recently. The seafood there is incredibly fresh and grilled to perfection. Eating healthy is not hard at this restaurant. The stuffed calamari with feta and tomatoes is delicious. Even the raw seafood platters are extremely fresh. We would definitely go again. Hopefully, we can sit outdoors next time around
Posted by Ex-New Yorker on 01/20/2005
Recently transplanted, but in NY twice a month and have been going to Avra for a couple years. I gave it 5 for value. I've spent as much as 110 a head there and as little as 30 and I always leave very pleased. I love fish and I try to eat healthy because I eat out a lot. The fish is always fresh and perfectly cooked, mild and simple, Greek style, no fancy fusion here... But if you like Greek/Mediterranean, you will be addicted. Desserts are ok, a couple are excellent, the chocolate is, again, addictive. The service is prompt and friendly despite the place always being jammed. Everytime I've been there. Not a quiet restaurant, but it's easy to go with the fun atmosphere. The waiters have gotten to know me and they give us amuses and make us feel welcome. Flip side- Couple times we were sat at tables that were just too small. Food is not well-salted, which is good for those watching their salt, and easily remedied. Some food is heavy and should be shared by a group rathen than had individually. Don't miss the octopus, the chillean sea bass stew, the fried little mullets.
Posted by New Yorker living abroad on 12/02/2004
Four for dinner included one seven year old child who was welcomed with open arms. The atmosphere on a Saturday night was festive-- a bit loud but not obtrusively so. The Grilled Portobello Mushrooms to start were excellent-- juicy and tangy with the right mix of sweet and tangy. One of us ordered a steak which was huge, tasty and excellent. The fries were also crispy and perfectly done. The whole baked fish, however, was hard-- either the first was spoiled or cooked too long. The sides of vegetables, rice and spinach and roast potatoes were all excellent. The cappuccino at the end was also excellent and not overpriced as we had expected. Two complaints: (1) the service began as very good but at the end, when we had finished and were waiting to ask for the check, the waiters had all disappeared. We never saw our waiter again. (2) the chef forgot to add salt to all of our dishes except the mushrooms. The restaurant is split into two main parts, separated by an open kitchen.The set up adequately disperses the noise and gives all the opportunity to see the chefs in action.
Posted by Diana on 11/11/2004
Avra, was a first for me. I was taken out there. Was a bit pricey, but well worth. The menu was out of this world, the great dishes to choose from. The entree and appetizers (Fried Zucchini and Eggplant) with that great cucumber yogart dip were superb. I also enjoyed the fine red wine and desert and the atmosphere.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/23/2004
Decided to go while waiting to check-in at my hotel across the street. Had the spread pikilia, the spanakopita and a glass of the house white Greek. Some of the spreads were ok. Others were...ummm...I don't think so. The spanakopita was ok too...but it was $12!! Ummm...where have you heard of paying that much for spanakopita?? The wine...well I'm no connoisseur of Greek wines, but I've had good Greek whites in the past. This was cheap-tasting and disappointing. Would not return.