Kefi, Upper West Side, NYC


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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Tatziki, Taramosalata, Melitzanosalata, Revithia, Mussels Gigante Beans,

Having been thoroughly spoiled by authentic Greek cuisine in Astoria, I rarely venture to Manhattan for Greek food. However, I am a huge fan of Michael Psilakis on the Food Network and figured to give Kefi a try. I’m so glad I did because …!!!

The menu is inspired by food from Psilakis’ childhood. Everything we tried was good. You could just make a meal out of the mezzes! Their dips were fantastic – you must try the tzatziki, taramosalata, melitzanosalata and revithia. The entrees were really good too – though I did find the cooking more restaurant style than what you get in Astoria.

I love that co-owners Michael Psilakis and the Donatella Arpaia have created this rustic Greek tavern which dishes out superb food at deliciously low prices. Appetizers range from $5.95 to $9.95, and pastas and entrées from $9.95 to $17.50 and there’s even a new three-course prix fixe for $16.95.

For this quality of food – that’s a real bargain.


Here is some of what we ate:


Tzatziki, Taramosalata, Melitzanosalata, Revithia

White Bean Soup


Mussels, Gigante Beans, Feta


Meatballs, Roasted Garlic, Olives, Tomato


Kefi Salad


Sheep Milk Ravioli, Brown Butter And Sage

Grilled Branzino, Potato, Olive, Tomato


Roasted Lemon Chicken, Potato, Garlic, Dill


Pork Medallions


Walnut Cake, Walnut Ice Cream


Rice Pudding, Candied Apple Marmalade, Nuts