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Kefi

505 Columbus Ave., New York, NY, 10024
nr. 84th St.
212-873-0200

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8
Food: 8
Service: 7
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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82% would go back.

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This is not Greek food -- not even fake Greek

By simokelli on 3/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is not Greek food but the chef's take on creative cooking using traditional Greek/Mediterranean ingredients in a non-traditional way. The chef has some very obvious cooking idiosyncrasies that mar the aesthetics, such as the excessive use of tomatoes and tomato sauce in most of the dishes. Why so many dishes with red sauce? He forgets that Greeks do not have too many kokkinista dishes. The same is the case with the olives, capers and pickled peppers. Why do they have to be present in every dish? In addition, the pita was not toasted, and therefore too soft to dip into the dips. And the salad although tasty, in no way resembled Greek salad; he needs to change the name. Finally, the menu lacks names of dishes, putting only descriptions of the preparation. Putting the names of the dishes on the menu would enable one to order what one wants to have. While the decor is attractive and Zen-like, the music is what Greeks call "dog house", popular but harsh on the ears.

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109 out of 198 people found this review helpful.

Have already been twice in one week!

By curlyraq on 3/6/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went with my mom for the first time on Saturday night since she was in town visiting and it was right around the corner from my apartment, and I had heard great things about the restaurant and owner Psilakis from Food Network. And let me tell you, we were VERY impressed! The service was speedy, almost too much so, but the food was delicious, every dish that we ordered. I loved it so much that I actually went back with a friend last night because she had been wanting to go there for some time and I was willing because of the great experience I already had. Again, I was very impressed! My favorite dishes so far are the white bean soup (this weeks special) and the chickpea, eggplant souvlaki sandwich. YUM. I tried the roasted lemon chicken last night which was fabulous. Their wine list is also great and their staff is more than friendly to serve you. I even think I am going back again next week with another friend who wants to try it out...I have only great things to say! A great addition to the Upper West Side!

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68 out of 148 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely Amazing

By kashmira on 3/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Great authentic Greek food with great service and great ambience. Great lighting too! The value is incredible.

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67 out of 125 people found this review helpful.

OK Food in a Nice Setting

By mky84 on 2/16/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Our Greek server had a lot of good recommendations, and had a great personality. The sheep's milk dumplings were a flavorful and textural masterpiece. The branzino had a freshly grilled smoky flavor and a soft texture. The galaktoboureko dessert was a nice end to the meal. Everything else about the meal was pretty average. The calamari were fine, the shrimp orzo was decent, the rice pudding dessert was average, and I expected more flavor from the braised rabbit pasta. There was nothing bad about the meal, and I really can't complain about too much considering these dishes are at amazing prices.

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60 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

Blissful Valentine's dinner ends in custard-filled fillo pastry delight

By x76czar on 2/15/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Sure, the dinner was spectacular. But the dessert at Kefi's was outrageous. My wife and I ate there on Valentine's Day 2009. We started with the warm feta and bread -- ideal for sharing with your sweetheart. For an entree, she chose the special: crispy, buttery, baby lamb chops and creamy rice. We quickly dispatched the four between the two of us, leaving only greasy bones inflected with the tiniest bit of meat. Even the gristle was tasty. I had sheep's milk dumplings, mixed with a zesty caper and pine nut sauce. And dessert: Warm custard between toasted fillo dough, glazed with syrup and topped with candied orange. It didn't last but five minutes on the plate.

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61 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

Not up to snuff

By kkalvelage on 1/12/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

We’re loyal fans of Kefi & were excited for the new opening at Columbus Ave. & thrilled to see the expanded menu and wine list. Our excitement sadly turned to disappointment as we quickly learned the new staff just isn't up to snuff. There were just too many kinks in the system to ignore. I could have overlooked the initial delivery of appetizers and entrées to the wrong tables. But the quality of dishes coming from the kitchen is not what it once was. My favorite dish, sheep’s milk dumplings, usually arrive as perfectly formed little morsels, yet on this visit most were broken and crumbling all over the dish. The whole experience felt so rushed and chaotic it left me wishing for the old Kefi, with their patient attentive staff. Halfway through my entrée I had run out of wine, at which point our server was MIA for over 10 min, until I had finished my entrée when she then appeared asking if I’d like another glass. We'll visit again, but only on a week night; it would be a shame to miss out on those dumplings for good.

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34 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

Love is in the... ...kitchen!

By demacaolda on 1/5/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This place has got the ticket! I have eaten at the old location several times. I went to the new space for the first time with a friend and we sat at the bar. We ordered half of the menu, some old, some new. Everything was so delicious! I had the best burger of my life. The mac & cheese was so tasty! The spreads were better than ever, and so were the meatballs! There must be more love in that kitchen. I saw the whole place on my travels to the restroom. Everything is so cozy and comfortable, homey. I was looking through the photo slideshow and I think one of those photos needs to be updated, there is a different image above the hostess stand, and it looks much nicer now. I have seen this place so packed (walking by) and it is even more worth the wait! So many different types of people, young, old, couples, families, groups of friends, professionals, thats so great! There seems to be a talented group of people running this joint. Good luck Kefi! Looks like 2009 is going to be a good year.

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41 out of 72 people found this review helpful.

tell you about the food? we never made it to the table!

By fbj on 12/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

Rude treatment and utter disregard. Made a reservation for 10 people (3 weeks in advance). When I called to confirm, they told me I needed to pare down the menu for the group to accommodate the kitchen. This was not ideal but I was willing to do it. We arrived at the restaurant and were led to a table under the stairs. Although, originally told we would have a private room, we agreed to take the table. However, the table, crammed with chairs, was only set for 9! Our server was no help ("you take what they give you"), so we went right to the manager. He INSISTED that there were 10 chairs at the table. Finally he counted the chairs but there was no apology. It was beyond insulting. It was not physically possible to fit a 10th chair, so we left. We regularly dined at the prior location but I will never return to a restaurant where the management is so offensive. They might be busy this week, but keep treating all of their customers this way and they will be another dining casualty on the UWS.

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50 out of 92 people found this review helpful.

Still the best restaurant on the upper west side so stop complaining

By Nenufar on 12/13/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Kefi remains our favorite upper west side restaurant..and now has the room to continue its great tradition of excellent and imaginative food...wine... ambiance. The west side is lucky to have renowned Chef Michael Psilakis' brilliant, affordable menu available on this side of town. Kudos to he and his young brigade of devoted staff from his loyal following.

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30 out of 65 people found this review helpful.

Flavorful Food and so Cheap!

By InCulturated on 12/12/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I love good food, but can hardly afford it in this city. Kefi does just the opposite. I have to say that the food was phenomenal. The restaurant is SUPPOSE to be a sorta 1st generation take on greek food- so instead of a classic greek salad, i got a lot more-- all the classic, mixed with other vegs, lettuce, and a slamming dressing. I shared everything with my friend, and we were able to get more for the price we might have had elsewhere. The dumplings melted in my mouth and the rabbit had a strong cinnamon flavor which went perfectly. We also tried the ouzo shooters, and i tell you i didn't like ouzo, until i had it mixed with some lemon basil concoction. I enjoyed it and plan to return--often!

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29 out of 60 people found this review helpful.

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