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Kefi

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

Avg. Rating

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

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

82% would go back.

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Worth a visit

By michaelinnyc on 4/23/2012

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

Our group of 6 enjoyed everything we ordered, from appetizers to dessert. Try the grilled octopus meze. Among the entrees, the grilled Branzino and Lamb Shank were outstanding. Had seen some other comments knocking the service, but our waiter couldn't have been nicer or more attentive. Just be prepared for a high noise level.

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52 out of 100 people found this review helpful.

Good

By spseale on 9/28/2010

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

Pros: Food and Service. Service was prompt, food was delicious. Did not feel rushed at all. Cons: A table for two is about the same as a table for two at McDonald's. Just a little too small. The place was packed, which is a good sign of quality, but a little to cramped and noisy. I will be going back, maybe with another couple so we can get a table for four.

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97 out of 194 people found this review helpful.

I order often

By Kelly Maloni (NY MAG) on 8/11/2010

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

Love the Kefi burger -- the goat cheese spread and chips with it are to die for. I'm also a huge fan of the appetizer with warm feta, tomato and anchovy.

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101 out of 194 people found this review helpful.

Terrible Service

By klk12 on 6/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

I have to agree with some other posts. The wait staff and management at kefi need to change to live up to the food- which is very good. If you want a rude waiter who rolls his eyes when you only order a salad and appetizer, and no alchohol, Kefi is your place. If you want a waiter who tries to push you out of the restaurant when there are 10 free tables around you , come here! And if you want a manager who tells you that "you should have gotten him" during your very uncomfortable meal, because that is definitely how you want to spend your evening- arguing with the waiter and manager in front of your table, then come here! It was a terrible experience. Even though the food was good, I left feeling gross for giving this establishment my patronage. And for sitting through a lecture from the manager instead of a simple apology.

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113 out of 230 people found this review helpful.

Poor service and a poor attitude..

By tranoh on 6/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I have been to Kefi a handful of times, and until tonight have always had pleasant experience. The food continues to be thoughtfully prepared and fairly priced, but all enjoyment of tonight's meal was soured by the poor behavior of the wait staff. It was bad enough that our server rushed us through our meal (bearing in mind that the restaurant was less than half full), pre-maturely brought the check, and stopped by two additional times to see if we had paid, but worse, when we commented to the manager as we left, he had the audacity to give us an insincere, patronizing, and paternalistic lecture about how it 'breaks my heart to see such sad faces leave the restaurant.' Barf. A simple apology with a promise to talk to the staff would have left me feeling disappointed with my overall dinner, but keen to come back. Now I would never go back to Kefi unless there was a change of management.

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99 out of 201 people found this review helpful.

I have nothing bad to say.

By Mioz on 9/29/2009

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

At all. Everything was terrific. The service, the wait, the value, the food (oh the food...)... everything was just fabulous!

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121 out of 244 people found this review helpful.

Amazing (and Cheap) Greek Food

By Knickerbocker on 7/26/2009

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

The food here is amazing, one of the best deals on the Upper West Side. At more high-end Greek places like Milos and Avra, the fish is the centerpiece. At Kefi, the fish is good too, but their pasta is what really stands out. The flat pasta with pulled, braised rabbit, cooked with dried fruit and pearl onion, is astounding. Their sweetbread, cooked with spinach, garlic, and caper berries, is the most unusual and best sweet bread I've had in New York.

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139 out of 283 people found this review helpful.

Worth a visit

By tarrita on 6/5/2009

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

I'm glad we stopped in... and had a reservation because it was very busy. Cons: - Tables are incredibly small and close, so it's a little cramped and loud. - Service. Our waitress screwed up our order, forgot to fix the check before giving it to us, and was hardly to be seen when we wanted to order more drinks. Pros: - The food. We had the lamb shank and lamb chop special, which were both delicious and hearty. And although the portions seemed small at first, we both left feeling very full. - The reasonable prices. Our bill came to about $30 per person for entree, tax, tip and drinks.

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197 out of 344 people found this review helpful.

Great food, value

By brenlowe on 6/1/2009

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

Nice neighborhood place was packed on a recent Saturday, OpenTable helped a ton. Friendly staff served fine-sized portions of delicious food at overwhelmingly affordable prizes. Highly recommended.

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124 out of 265 people found this review helpful.

Wonderful...

By bs44106 on 5/24/2009

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

We thought the food was great! Excellent souvlaki, the "dips" were really good, especially the hummus. The waiter didn't let us linger, but overall had a good time and felt like the bill was much lower than we expected.

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