Opa state of mind and innovative Greek food at Michael Psilakis’ Kefi

The space at this trendy Upper West Side neighborhood spot co-owned by celebrity chef Michael Psilakis features washed wood, bleached walls and a casual feel.

The front of the house offers a popular bar area ideal for before-dinner drinks and appetizers. The bar staff is personable and eagerly recommends Greek beers such as Mythos or specialty cocktails like the spot-on ouzo sour.

Sheep's Milk Dumplings

Sheep's Milk Dumplings

Psilakis keeps the menu straight-forward and the ingredients ultra fresh, as is typical of casual Greek food. Appetizers range from the spreads platter with warm, moist pita bread, the house-made sausages and the succulent grilled octopus over bean salad. Entrees feature outstanding options. The lamb shank is particularly tender and flavorful and the orzo it is placed on is perfectly cooked without being mushy as many versions are. The dish of sheep’s milk dumplings with Cypriot sausage and pine nuts is simply heavenly.

The wine list at Kefi is somewhat limited but offers a great selection of Greek wines, both by the bottle and the glass. The wait staff is helpful about the menu and its Greek dishes and with Greek wine recommendations.

Note that tables for two are very small, so opting for dinner at the bar is an enjoyable option for patrons.

505 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024


3 Responses to Opa state of mind and innovative Greek food at Michael Psilakis’ Kefi

  1. Patrick says:

    I’ve been to Kefi and Psilakis does a nice job at making comfort food from Greek ingredients. The lamb shanks are really outstanding.

  2. Peter says:

    Guess what I’m making RIGHT NOW? Yep…Psilakis’ ricotta dumplins’!

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