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“Very slow and distracted service, mediocre food at AVRA”
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Avra Estiatorio
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Ranked #233 of 13,548 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 40 - US$ 60
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 3rd Ave. and Lexington
Transit: All trains to Grand Central Station. 4,5,6 to 51st Street.
Description: Avra Estiatorio is a restaurant that transports you to the Greece of your imagination. The sky is vivid blue and the air is drenched with sunlight and the aroma of freshly caught fish grilling over an open fire.
New York City, New York
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1,406 reviews
632 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 906 helpful votes
“Very slow and distracted service, mediocre food at AVRA”
Reviewed 5 May 2012

We vaguely remember visiting it years ago, when the noisy atmosphere and lousy service turned us off completely. However, we see it often full with customers, so we decided to give it another chance for a late brunch on a Saturday.
The place is Greek, so is the food. We ordered a bottle of crispy Italian wine and a selection of Greek appetizers: tzatziki, tarama and melizanosalata. Keep in mind all this stuff is prepared days earlier, all they need to do is put it on a plate and bring it to the table. WHEN they finally arrived, about 35 min later, the appetizers were very good. Our bottle of wine, after being opened, tested and poured for the first time, disappeared out of site and we had to ask for it, every time we wanted refills. There was a complicated system of several waiters, of whom none was available when needed. The only person who was working hard, was a bus boy whose native language was Spanish, and who was taking care of the entire restaurant.
After another long wait, we finally got our entrees. Good thing they only had seven (I counted them!) tables occupied, I don’t want to think what would the wait be if it was buzier…The place offers brunch on Sat & Sun, but we opted for a la carte dining. My tzaganaki (Greek cheese), was baked, not sautéed, as specified in the menu and really fat, due to the added layer of cheese, bread and egg. My partner’s salmon was just OK.
The waiter who took our order, finally reappeared, when we got the entrees to ask if everything was ok.
All in all, it was a big disappointment. This time it will take much more to make us give AVRA another chance.

  • Visited May 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Great Seafood!!!!!!!!!!”
Reviewed 2 May 2012

Most likely one of the best Greek place I have eaten at. I've been here about 4 times now and I highly suggest sharing for all appetizers and entrees. There is so much to try and some of the dishes we like are “Saganaki Tiganito” and “Avra Octapodi”, delicious grilled octopus.

Any grilled fish is very fresh, but we love the branzino and fagri perfectly filleted and shared with xorta or roasted potatoes. The service is very good, and they have some great Greek wines. I thought the price was moderate, but you can easily spend over $100 between food, drink and tip.
I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for great seafood and/or great Greek food, the atmosphere is a bit noisy but the decor is fun to look at and they display their seafood so you can see the fresh fish you are eating!

Visited April 2012
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Albany, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great Food Great Service”
Reviewed 23 April 2012

If you like great Mediterranean/Greek food this is the place to go. Excellent service and courteous staff. The sea food is the especially and the Greek appetizers are a must. It is well priced for Mid-town Manhattan. Enjoy

  • Visited July 2011
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New York City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“One of the best!”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

Went here for dinner and it was top notch! The fresh fish bar was so great, you can pick what you want to eat for your meal from a humongous display of the days catch. Service was great and the meal was perfect. I highly reccomend..

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México D.F.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Mediocre service and not so great food”
Reviewed 7 April 2012

The place is very popular but the food did not live up to expectations. The waiters kept hurring us so we would leave and vacate the table. It is a very noisy place.

Visited April 2012
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