141 E 48th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001740.755047 -73.972801
Mon-Fri 12pm-4pm, 5pm-12am
Sat 11am-4pm, 5pm-12am
Sun 11am-4pm, 5pm-11pm
Neighborhoods: Midtown Center, Midtown
Good Greek, but a few negatives. – What you read below is true - Great spot, especially if you can get a table NEAR the front, but not out on the sidewalk (too noisy for me, at least.) The interior is very well-executed, although the crowd and noise does take away from the serenity promised by the decor.
The Octopus is as good as they say,( but it's good at every Greek place, right?). You and your guest choose your fish (pay by the pound, and most filets are too much for one person - around 1.5 - 2 lbs, so you really need to team up) , get it grilled , done. Not fancy, but fish shouldn't be. If it's fresh, all that's needed is a grill, and some lemon. Service is not exactly relaxed, but adequate. And it's easily 15% overpriced.
Doesn't stop anyone from going back again and again, though!
Amazing! – Absolutely amazing. The best Greek Food in NYC!!!!!!!!!!! Excellent service. I've been to Avra for lunch and dinner several times.
Nice place! – Food is good, fun atmosphere. A bit pricy. Best enjoyed off hours, when they aren't too busy: late afternoon , not a weekend evening.
Beautiful restaurant with Amazing Seafood – Came for a birthday party last week. Our waiter recommended we try the whole fish from the grill. This was the best seafood I've had in a LONG time. The branzino was so mild, and it was filleted right at the table, so you could see all the fresh herbs that were stuffed in the fish for grilling. It's served with a small side of lemon olive oil, which made for such a healthy, simple flavor. Beautiful interior, great affordable wine. Definitely coming back!
Greasy Lamb Kebob – Lunch at Avra on a nice, sunny day was a real treat. They have a prix-lunch menu for 30 bucks which is a bit pricey. However, the area is in the pricey side. You have a good variety to choose from on the prix menu. I chose the grill squid for 1 course and lamb kebob w/fries and yogurt. The squid was made to perfection. But the lamb was so greasy. I ended up eating only 1 of 2 kebobs and throwing the rest out. There is dessert - choice of cookies or cake. Our waiter was nice and we were seated promptly
A Greek Island in the middle of Manhattan – A wonderful experience, the Loup de Mer is a must ! We've been going to Avra for a few month now and keep going back with the same gastronomic pleasure. We had our wedding lunch organised at Avra on 7-7-7, we can only thank Arturo and all his staff for making it a perfect day for us !
Great food. Very fresh! – It has to be one of the best seafood experience that I ever had. Very fresh. I love the grilled octopus! It is the best I have ever had. We got married last year in Greece and wasn't too impressed with the food there. Now I know what we missed!!!
Just feel good knowing that I don't have to travel far to get some great seafood. You guys are the best!
Wonderful Place! – I took my brother and girlfriend here for a late lunch and was very pleasantly surprised, despite the place being packed--we were seated within minutes, despite a line of waiting patrons. I am not much of a midtown fan (with a few exceptions) when it comes to dining, but loved Avra. Think Milos or Thalassa, but with a much deeper menu. Perfect cheese & olive plate, Stuffed Grilled Octopi were fantastic, my salmon wrapped in grape leaves was new, interesting and delicious, brother's swordfish was perfectly cooked and seasoned well. Assortment of desserts (to appease my girlfriend's sweet-tooth) were all amazing. For a fraction of a second, I thought our server wasn't going to come over, but as soon as i lifted my head to look for him, he was there and remained attentive the rest of the meal. Not inexpensive, but you won't spend what you would at Milos. Avra is a very lively restaurant with amazing authentic Greek cuisine and fine service.
If you are a fish lover with a flair for something original this is the place to go! – We walked in on a Friday night without reservations and were seated promptly. The restaurant was buzzing with couples, families, businessmen and singles. There were two couches and a table in the small bar area that we asked to eat at. Although, I do not think this is a normal request they were happy to accomodate us. The atmosphere was relaxing, the lights were dimmed just right and we had a view of the beautiful falling snow outside. We began with three dips (eggplant, yogurt/cucumber, and fetta with roasted red pepper). Each one had its own unique flavor, the ingredients were fresh and the serving size was generous. The main course which was a wild alaskan salmon wrapped in grape leaves served with roasted vegetables was simply the best I have ever had. The flavor was outstanding, the portion was generous and the presentation was inviting. My husband had the tuna which was served exactly to his liking, rare!
The only drawback was the service. Although pleasant and accomodating, it was a bit slow. We had a difficult time getting our waiters attention and when we were ready to leave it took quite a long time to get the bill. However, that being said If you are looking for a place to relax, not feel rushed and have a great meal at a reasonable price then this is a place worth visiting.
Great seafood – I went here for lunch and ordered the crabcake burger. They were unlike a lot of crabcakes I am used to-- there were large pieces of fresh crab and less of the breading. The oregano fries it came with were alright, as it got cooler, they were quite cold. I also tried a piece of the lobster ravioli, you could really taste the lobster. Can't really come here on a regular basis though, its pretty expensive!
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