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Ithaka

308 E. 86th St., New York, NY 10028 40.777738 -73.95153
nr. Second Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-628-9100 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Price Range: $$$

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    7 out of 10

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Official Website

ithakarestaurant.com

Hours

Mon-Fri, 4pm-10:30pm; Sat-Sun, 12:30pm-10:30pm

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 86th St.

Prices

$19-$35

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Business Lunch
  • Delivery
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Romantic
  • Take-Out
  • Online Ordering
  • Catering
  • Online Reservation

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

76th St. to 96th St., FDR Dr. to Fifth Ave.

Profile

Ithaka goes a long way toward undermining the stereotype of Greek restaurants as non-serious eateries good for shots of ouzo and plentiful but possibly undistinguished seafood. On a bustling stretch of 86th Street, Ithaka attracts the established and well-dressed—people who appreciate the unpretentious, honest cooking and rustic-nautical embellishments: paintings of ships and docks, a stone floor held together with thick grout, and faux skylights covered with blue and white cloth. It's a Greek taverna, true, but a very elegant one. What sets it apart are the simple, fresh preparations: The spanakotiropita's layers of phyllo dough are exceptionally flaky and the spinach and feta in between are lively—there's none of the ruinous mushiness that makes this spinach pie so awful when it's done badly. Dishes range from the simple—smoky, pleasantly chewy grilled octopus—to the more elaborate, like arni youvetsi, morsels of baby lamb braised in a clay pot, with orzo, feta, and tomatoes, until meltingly tender. The thin slice of baklava served here is close to the Platonic ideal, with more of that rich, flaky phyllo, fresh-tasting walnuts, and extra-flavorful honey.

Recommended Dishes

Spanakotiropita, $7.50; arni youvetsi, $26; baklava, $7.50

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