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Kefi – A Favorite Restaurant in New York City

Last summer I was in New York City for the BlogHer15 Conference. I have been meaning to share some of my favorite stops while I was there, but have never gotten around to it. Now one of my good friends and very faithful reader is headed to the Big Apple, so I thought I’d better get around to sharing a few of the places that my husband and I loved visiting while in NYC. Starting today with a favorite restaurant!

Kefi – A Favorite Restaurant in New York City


I knew that I would be interviewing Donatella Arpaia, celebrity chef and restauranteur, in August so I thought it only appropriate to check out one of her restaurants while in NYC. My husband is a huge Mediterranean cuisine fan so when I saw that Donatella was part owner of Kefi I went ahead and made reservations for dinner. The meal was spectacular! The food was mouthwatering delicious and the service was over-the-top perfect. Kefi is an authentic Greek tavern with a menu full of wonderful flavors.

First we started with pita bread with a selection of spreads: tzatziki, taramosalata, melintzanosalata, revithia – Yum!

tzatziki, taramosalata, melintzanosalata, revithia Kefi

We then enjoyed the grilled octopus and white bean salad. This was a first for me. I loved it!

Grilled Octopus and bean salad - Kefi

We also enjoyed Yiayia’s Meatballs with tzatziki, lemon, and pita bread. Amazing flavors!

Yiayia's Meatballs, Tzatziki, Lemon, Pita Bread Kefi

And the braised Lamb shank with orzo – delicious!

Lamb Shank KefiAbsolutely more than enough food! Food that was so good and the service so hospitable that my husband and I sat for hours enjoying our time! When we thought this dinning experience could not get any better, the manager brought a tray of desserts to our table for us to enjoy! Yes! A tray of desserts! We ordered coffee and sampled a bit of everything on our table!

Kefi DessertsWe enjoyed baklava; walnut cake with walnut ice cream; galaktobouriko – orange spoon fruit; and chocolate mousse & halva with sesame ice cream. I think my favorite bite was the walnut cake.

Walnut cake Kefi

Yes, over the top decadent! And oh so good! The only problem that I see with Kefi – is that is is simply too far away! My husband claims that he would fly to New York just to have dinner there again. It was spectacular! Yes, Kefi ranks as a favorite restaurant in New York City.

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Kefi dessert


We loved Kefi Restaurant in NYC! Amazing Greek Food!









(34) Comments

  1. I love Greek food, but my partner is not so fond of it. I can see a few dishes that could change her mind though. What a great dinner you had.

  2. Susan says:

    I haven’t been to NYC in years and wouldn’t even know where to eat. Looks like you found the spot that I want to visit on my next trip.

  3. Oh, that looks amazing. Thanks so much for this. I tend to get overwhelmed by the restaurant scene in NYC – so much to choose from. I depend on reviews like yours to plan. I’ll put this one on my list.

  4. I live in NY, but have never been to NYC. If I ever do, I’ll definitely be checking this place out – the food looks amazing!

  5. This sounds like a wonderful restaurant and your photos look so appetizing. I just love Mediterranean food and baklava is my downfall.

    1. Stacey says:

      Every bite was delicious! I wish I could get back there!

  6. I’m drooling! Must remember this for my monthly trips…Looks amazing!

    1. Stacey says:

      If you get there monthly – you for sure need to visit!

  7. Yum! Everything looked delectable and amazing, great recommendation!!!!

    1. Stacey says:

      I was so glad that I picked this restaurant to visit!

  8. that all looks so delicious!! My preggo belly is so jealous over here lol!

    1. Stacey says:

      Every bite was to die for delicious!

  9. wait a greek place and not one mention of hummus???? One of the restaurants we go to has skordalia. I think it’s a greek/turkish cooking blend but it’s basically potatoes (mashed) with lemon, and garlic. It’s AMAZING!

    1. Stacey says:

      Oh – that sounds good!

  10. I love love Mediterranean food and this looks absolutely amazing. Might have to pencil it down for when I finally go to NYC.

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes! This is a name you want to remember!

  11. Debra says:

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks, Debra. We loved every bite! And we lingered and enjoyed our evening for hours!

  12. The foods looks great. So hungry right now!!

    1. Stacey says:

      Every bite was delicious!

  13. I’m not sure about octopus and I’m not a lamb fan (although hubby is) but I could go and just eat dessert! So yummy looking

    1. Stacey says:

      Trying the octopus was a first for me! I admit it looked way more like an octopus than I wanted it to – but it was delicious! I was very glad that I tried it! My hubby is the lamb fan – but again so good!

  14. Everything look so delicious especially the desserts! I want baklava right now!

    1. Stacey says:

      Every bite was delicious!

  15. Looks delicious! I’ll have to remember this for when I visit NYC.

    1. Stacey says:

      If you like Greek food, you gotta visit!

  16. This is making me hungry! Looks amazing!

    1. Stacey says:

      Oh, how I wish it was closer!

  17. yvonne says:

    When we go to New York we will certainly eat at Kefi. You made it look so good!

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes! You will love it!

  18. Annamarie says:

    those food look so relish. We will definitely check this place whenever we finally go to NYC in the future.. hopefully short future 🙂

    1. Stacey says:

      I hope sooner than later for you too!

  19. Dawnel Bratton says:

    Love the review!! So excited to visit NYC~

    1. Stacey says:

      Have a wonderful time!

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