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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.
Posted by Intownonbusiness on 07/22/2004
In town on business, when asked to be seated by myself, you could feel the frustration in me taking up a table that would seat two people. Went ahead and ordered meal to go. Told it would be 15 minutes more like 40. Ordered humus and pita bread. Got humus and crusted bread. Chicken was good. Fries were cold. Dont think I will go back unless I bring a friend and dine in.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/16/2004
Food was so-so. Fish was bland, needed alot more seasoning. Good wine list. Beautiful decor.
Posted by Joseph in NYC on 05/11/2004
I dine periodically in Avra for client or personal lunches. Friendly service, nice little amuse bouches (actually, bread, olive oil and houmous) turn up after sitting down, and I notice the fresh fish and other specials bring smiles to the faces of jaded midtown workers. Indoor or outdoor space if you need it when the weather's nice, and it's not expensive either.