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Posted by Kyrrie kleanthous on 02/22/2014
By far the best service I ever received whilst in New York! I'm a huge food lover and being Greek, I've had Greek food from almost everywhere..but I have to say from the food to the service to the staff.. It was all amazing!! Definitely can't wait to get back to New York and visit Nerai again! The wine from Greece the waiter recommended was the best white wine I've ever had in my life. I was with a party of 4 and we had various dishes from lobster to lamb chops to fish! Experience was a 10/10!
Posted by eater on 10/27/2013
I found Nerai doing an internet search for restaurants in the East 50s. It looked good so we tried it (a party of 4). Everyone was impressed and loved the food. I'll spread the work and will definitely go back.
Posted by Cheries K on 09/12/2013
Definitely a new to go place for me when I need some Mediterranean fare! Went a few times and the food and drinks are very good. Here's the low down: Food- Starters: Grilled octopus. The octopus was cooked very nicely and it had a good flavor and texture to it. Tzaziki was a little different here, but the best I've ever had. Hummus was surprisingly good. I'm not usually all that into hummus, but perhaps it was the fried chickpeas made it amazing. Crab Salad was light and tasty. Entrees: The langoustine pasta is a great choice. The sauce they put made it so good. Another goodie was the short ribs dish. My hubby loves the lamb dish. He has ordered that the past few times already. Dessert: Ekmek is my (and everyone I've gone) favorite... Can really go for some right about now. Lavender mousse was surprisingly really good. Didn't expect that. Drinks: My drink of the night was the Persephone the first time I went. It was perfect in sweetness and flavor. Now I order the Mediterraeneo- it's so fresh and feels light. Can't even tell how strong it is, hehe.
Posted by Helena on 06/19/2013
"Zorba" was right about one thing - Nerai's clientele is filled with polished professionals; a pleasant aura when you'd like to experience fine dining. I came here on Monday night with my sister for what we thought would be a drink or two. After we tried one of their signature drinks, "The Date" and zucchini chips by the beautiful bar, we decided to move into the dining room for dinner. Spanakopita, grilled octopus, a classic Greek salad, and lavraki were delivered to our table by a very friendly staff that was knowledgeable of the menu. Each plate was better than the last. And so we made sure to save room for dessert. The lavender mousse was well worth the wait - OPA!
Posted by anonymous on 06/18/2013
I must say that I was pleasantly surprised by the sense of hospitality I was shown here, its nice to be treated like a real guest in a New York restaurant. I had a lovely dinner with my husband that began with a greek salad, which was by far the best one i've ever had. The feta and tomatoes reminded me of the salads I would eat in Paros. They even went as far as to skin the tomatoes. We then followed with the smoked eggplant. The ouzo flavored greek yogurt that was plated with the eggplant was a perfect match. I would definitely have that dish again. For our main course we had a whole branzino. The fish was perfectly prepared though I thought it should come with some veggies. We had to order them as a separate side but they were amazing. By far the best part of the meal was dessert. The Lavender Mousse is a mix of greek yogurt, honey,and goodness. I recommend this place to everyone, the food and service are spectacular and they offer a unique selection of greek wines.
Posted by Zorba the Greek on 06/12/2013
Friendly staff but otherwise the food is somewhat disappointing. Grilled octopus was nice and tasty but the hefty portion did not make up for the lack of imagination. Yes, another portion of grilled octopus. Nothing more, nothing less. On the other hand, the langoustines entree was ridiculous. A tiny portion of one langoustines slit open, probably no more than 50 gram meat, over some pilaf rice swimming in oil. Also, cutlery for handling the minuscule langoustines was not provided. It was probably too small to justify any attempt to extract a few more grams of meat and was better off left to drown in the oily rice. The restaurant is over priced, at the bar suited office people do not crate much of an atmosphere. In short, the restaurant will not find it's place in Greek mythology, not in Michelin, and Zagat is also questionable.