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.

If you want to visit:




Kefi dessert


We loved Kefi Restaurant in NYC! Amazing Greek Food!









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34 Replies to “Kefi – A Favorite Restaurant in New York City”

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

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

    1. 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. 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. 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. Yes! This is a name you want to remember!

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

    1. 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. 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. 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. Every bite was delicious!

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

    1. If you like Greek food, you gotta visit!

  16. This is making me hungry! Looks amazing!

    1. Oh, how I wish it was closer!

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

    1. Yes! You will love it!

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

    1. I hope sooner than later for you too!

  19. Dawnel Bratton says: Reply

    Love the review!! So excited to visit NYC~

    1. Have a wonderful time!

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