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  • Greek
  • 505 Columbus Ave, New York NY10024 40.785806 -73.972664
  • (Btwn 84th & 85th St)
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  • (212) 873-0200
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User Ratings (Based on 128 reviews)

3.625
Food 3.9 Value 3.8
Service 3.5 Atmosphere 3.2

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 873-0200
Website:
www.kefirestaurant.com
Place Order:
Order From Kefi for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc Delivery Hours Mon-Thu: 12pm-3pm+5pm-9:30pm Fri: 12pm-3pm+5pm-10:30pm Sat: 11am-3pm+5pm-10:30pm Sun: 11am-3pm+5pm-9:30pm
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 12pm-3pm+ 5pm-10pm Fri: 12pm-3pm+ 5pm-11pm Sat: 11am-3pm+5pm-11pm Sun: 11am-3pm+5pm-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Features:
Group Dining, Kid-friendly, Prix Fixe, Trendy, Happy Hour, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
20.00
Delivery Area:
70th to 98th St; Central Park W to Riverside Dr

User Reviews

  • Kefi

    Posted by A Little Disappointed on 06/04/2007

    I Expected Better

    My partner and I have been wanting to eat here for a few months and finally did on Friday, June 1. Overall, the food wasn't bad but, the Sheep Dumpling appetizer was still frozen when it was served to us and we had to send it back. I guess we had expected the food to be cooked to order and the realization that it was frozen and microwaved was disappointing. I travel to Astoria for Greek food as it is excellent and affordable. I was hoping that the experience at Kefi would provide an alternative to traveling to Astoria but, it didn't. It was not as affordable as I had thought it would be. The food wasn't bad but, the frozen Sheep Dumpling saga kind of set the tone for the evening. After reading so many good things about this restaurant, I may have set my expectations too high but, I see other reviews aren't glowing either. Maybe it's not me after all.

  • Kefi

    Posted by Morello on 06/03/2007

    Greatest Greek Grail

    I often come to New York on business and I usually eat at the expensive Greek restaurants like Milos and Molyvos. However, a friend invited me at Kefi one night knowing my passion for Hellenic food. I could not be pleased and I realized that real New Yorker understand value and they know exactly were to get the best food without breaking the bank. In fact, the bar area was very crowded when we arrived and there was a 15 minutes wait for a table. I decided to look at the wine list while waiting. Incredibly the wine list features more than 50 Greek wines and I was shocked that the range was fairly impressive with everyday wines priced as low as $18 per bottle and some rare reserve wines that I recognized from my travelling to Athens priced under $60 The place only accept cash and I decided to purchase a mid range bottle. Surprisingly, the wine service was very professional. Appropiate glassware appeared and the manager stopped by the table to explain further about the vintage. We sat in the cozy dining room and ordered some spreads while browsing the menu. They were creamy and flavorful and served with some terrific hot pita. I ordered the octopus and the mussels to try the kitchen's affinity with the classics. They were both outstanding. The octopus was perfectly charred, yet tender and the mussels were steamed with beans and feta cheese creating the perfect sauce to soak more bread. However, main courses were the highlight of the dinner. The lamb shank was flawless accompanied with great orzo and the branzino as good as the one I ate in any of the expensive restaurants I named above. The restaurant is very thoughtful to offer even some Greek dessert wines with the sweets. Since, they were priced at $4 per glass, I chose a rich mavrodaphne to accompany my walnut cake and my friend a refreshing muscat to drink with its ravani. Surprisingly, the final bill was 1/4 I would have spent anywhere else for a comparable meal. I will take the example of other New Yorke

  • Kefi

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/30/2007

    Good Times and Cheap Eats

    I was surprised by the reviews that I have read about this place, I really enjoyed eating there. The space is a bit small, and can be crowded at times, but for the bargain you get here, this is more than expected. The food is some of the best greek food around. The dishes are a good size and I was quite full at the end of my meal rather than over stuffed. My waiter made great recomendations on some dishes that I never would over tried before like the cuttlefish! I had to have my friends try it so when I went back a second time on a saturday night with a group of friends, we had to wait for a bit in the bar area, but the bartender made us some awsome cocktails and he chatted us up while we waited. I had a great time and would recomend it for a fun cheap night out.

  • Kefi

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/25/2007

    Very unimpressed

    I was looking forward to dining at Kefi even though I had read some negative reviews here. They all were realized the moment I entered the crowded bar area. I ordered drinks and my guest was served a glass of wine while I waited while countless dinner checks were talken care of by the way too busy bartender. She had already taken my order but I had to wait well over 10 minutes to get her attention to actually make ny drink while my guest sat with a glass of wine getting warm waiting for me to be served. The dining room was too crowded and noisy when we finally got seated. Oh and the not so friendly bartender never would even pick up the money I left to pay for our drinks when they ask us to go to our table so I had to scramble for exact change just to leave her a tip. The food was good but my lamb shank was cold in the middle and had to be sent back to be microwaved during our dinner. It is a cash only place and when we paid with a very good tip in cash the change was brought back to our table 10 dollars short and we had to have to deal with that as well. I am never going back. Good food but really stressful and unpleasant experience. It seemed that nobody there really cared if we were having a good time or not. I would rather pay twice as much at another Greek restaurant.

  • Kefi

    Posted by Anonymous on 05/13/2007

    Good Food, Customer Relations Need Work

    Tried out Kefi for a pre-theatre dinner, but our experience was marred by a lecture we received from the maitre' d. We initially expected a party of four, but ended up being three as our fourth was delayed and we didn't expect her to join us for dinner. We informed the maitre' d of the change and were seated as a party of three. Unexpectedly our fourth party did show up once we had finished our dinners and were deciding on our desserts. The table that we were sitting at was a table for four, with one chair removed so we added a chair from an empty table so that she could join us. The maitre' d came to the table, asked us if we were four or three and then proceeded to lecture us, essentially accusing us of "hustling" him and telling us that "a table for four is a table for four not a table for three" and that he had told waiting patrons that our table would be available and now we had ruined his timing. This was ridiculous seeing as we had just finished our entrees and he had no idea how long we would remain there finishing our drinks and eating dessert. In fact we were on a time crunch to get to a play and were out of there just as quickly as if our fourth had not joined us. We would have waited to have our complete party seated, if we had believed that this person was coming. We explained this to him, however we decided to let it go and not get into an argument so as not to ruin our entire evening. I understand that they are a small establishment and that they are quite busy, however to be accused of pulling a fast one to get seated was insulting and offensive. This colored our entire evening and enjoyment of the food which was quite enjoyable. I personally will not be going back considering that there are many other choices for Greek food in the city.

  • Kefi

    Posted by mgs on 05/07/2007

    good food, but unwelcoming experience

    Although the food at Kefi was decent (the lamb shank was as good as any I've had), the staff did their best to ruin the experience. The bartender at the front wouldn't make eye contact and was extremely unhelpful in describing the wine list,, and the maitre d was brusque and unwelcoming. The waiter was distracted and inefficient. We never received the second round of wine we ordered mid-meal. The plate of typical Greek appetizers was tasty, but skimpy for the price. Most of the food was, however, a good value, although the retsina was truly poor (it tasted watered down). I doubt we would bother to go to this restaurant again.

  • Kefi

    Posted by trat123 on 05/04/2007

    Oh my (Greek) God

    I have eaten in Greek restaurants all over Astoria, but none of them come close to Kefi. This place is really charming, run by Greeks who are intent on exposing New Yorkers to the rustic cooking of their homeland. I have never tasted a better octopus. Among the main courses I loved the pork medallions. The all Greek wine list needs the explanation of the staff, but the night I was there there were two helpful sommeliers to assist me. The most surprising thing was a 3-courses dinner for two with a $20 bottle of wine was only $69 I have paid more in diners without the atmosphere, service and great food that Kefi delivers.

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