141 E. 48th St., New York, NY, 10017
nr. Lexington Ave.
By nycrestaurantlover on 3/19/2012
I went here for a special occassion which was ruined because of the incompetent and rude staff. No one came over to the table so after about 20 minutes we had to hunt down someone to even give us water. We had to request a waiter each time we wanted something (water, give our food order, a dessert menu, give us the check). After we asked for a waiter and he actually came to the table to take our food order, he just stood there without saying a word (no hello, nothing). We had to tell him what to do (aka take our order). After that, we never saw the waiter again. I've never been to a restaurant where there wasn't at least one waiter assigned to a table. In addition to the absolutely horrific staff, it felt like it was at least 80 degrees in the restaurant. We couldn't even enjoy the food because we were annoyed and uncomfortable for the entire meal. I was surprised to have this experience from what appears to be such a nice restaurant. I would never eat here again!!!!
By nyvalidator on 7/29/2011
I was there last week with my friend for dinner, we really loved the food (the fish was really fresh and the zucchini flowers stuffed with cheese were out of this world) but the service was really bad, our waiter Alex after taking our order never showed up again, never asked us if we needed more water, if we needed another cocktail and most of the time he was outside chatting with his friends. On our way out we saw him having his shoe polished by a guy outside the main entrance of the restaurant which we thought was pretty inappropriate. We will definitely go back because of the food but we would rather have another waiter helping us, are there any managers working there to observe and correct such behavior by their stuff?
By brittanycarcova on 10/5/2010
From the vegetables illuminating my Roka salad to the Oysters and recently imported Black Sea Bass, everything at Avra tastes astoundingly fresh, not to mention delicious. The wait staff was both incredibly knowledgeable and attentive, readily refilling our wine glasses and offering up superb recommendations to make this a fulfilling experience.
By Jerrygoldman on 7/31/2009
was invited by a friend of mine for dinner, the waiter was very polite and helpful good knowledge of the menu, food was really great, everything was really nice until that rude greek short manager showed up. he needed the table to sit some other people and despite the fact that our check was close to 700$ (4 people) he was hovering all the time around us looking at us really angry as if it was our mistake we wanted to spend money there, at the end after arguing with the waiter in-front of us(my friend is greek and could understand what he was saying to our waiter, really nasty mouth) they had us move to another table. That never has happened to me in my entire life. As well they train their waiters they should do the same with their managers and have them also wear a tie, that short guy was like a a homeless person with an attitude and an oversized suit. Thanks for the dinning experience greek rude person.
By JeffG on 12/23/2007
We discovered this restaurant one rainy night a few years ago on a theater trip. Since then we go back every year when we're in New York. You will find everything on the menu delicious - especially the fresh fish. But save room for dessert - our favorites are the Greek yogurt with honey and walnut cake.
By Bluesky144 on 7/31/2005
Took a party of 9 to impress new business associates with a great food and become a terrible experience which I have never got any where. Wine had arrived after we finished the appetizers which took to get an hour, then took another 45 minutes to place the order for the main dish, which one order was underestimated, small fish had to be split to 3 guests, embracing to say, you suck Avra, you ruined my night. Never again, I could get better service in Astoria.
By astorguy on 4/17/2005
Since I open the door people wre giving me a bright smile, the service was excellent, the food was really tasting like the goddes food. John our waiter was very aware of the menu and explained everything with perfect knowlegde of the menu. I highly recomended Avra for my next gathering, i can't wait to go back.
By akulistka on 10/29/2003
Food - Sucks Staff - Sucks Overall - Sucks Food had no taste, staff are horible table was size of the IKEA barstool. 2 people <120 $ no apperetizer, no dessert In short, frustration guarantee
By Will on 9/18/2003
The Dover sole was as good and fresh as any in Manhattan. Wonderful octopus and crochet appetizers. Waiters are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Quite crowded, even during weeknights. If you want outdoor dining rather than noisy indoor, make reservations.