Rafina Taverna Restaurant (Reported Closed)

(212) 327-0950

1481 York Ave, New York, NY | Directions   10021

40.771100 -73.951000

Open Hours

Mon-Sun 4pm-11pm

 
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Reviews for Rafina Taverna Restaurant

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Amazing!!! – The food was amazing, and there is a very hommie enviroment, cozy and very good service, i really liked it

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Wonderful food, gracious service!!! – We were a party of 6 celebrating my birthday. I decided on Greek food & after reading the reviews.... my expectations were exceeded, from the man who took my reservation, to the quaint Greek fishing village decor, our waiter, the food...a wonderful experience. We were not rushed, and that allowed for some great dinner conversation and stories.

The service was attentive without being overbearing. It was a really nice night so we opted to sit outside in the "garden" and it was quiet and cozy. My friend and I ordered a glass of champagne and were really pleased to be served colorful champagne"splits", poured tableside (more special than just getting a glass), and my husband enjoyed his Alpha (Greek Beer). Our appetizers: Grape leaves (fresh and delicious), Spanikopita (flavorful), Keftedes (little meatballs) were a delight, kind of lemony,Hummus (you could tell it was freshly made) and Saganaki...(I have only ever seen this dish lit on fire tableside and people get to say "OPA" when it's doused in ouzo...but this was served without fanfare, and although it was DELICIOUS, I wondered if that's just something that restaurants do for tourists or if Greek people routinely set their cheese alight tableside...sorry, I digress)...The warm pita bread was continuously replaced, the water glasses full at all times, and we were very well taken care of. The waiter recommended a type of bass that was not on the menu (so naturally I ordered it) and everyone else ordered a variety of entrees: Steak, Chicken Kabob, Salmon, and another seafood dish. Everyone declared their meals wonderful, moist and delicious. After dinner we each were served an unexpected and refreshing slice of watermelon.

The perfect meal was ended with baklava (and something else covered in cinnamon and sugar, maybe a walnut?), and Greek coffee (!) We plan to go back when they have live music. I am kicking myself for having lived on the UES for 15 years without trying this place sooner.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Gracious people! – This place was recommended to my friends and I for the food. We went to dinner a little after 9 on a Saturday and were a little uncomfortable that we were one of 3 parties in the entire restaurant. 2 of my party of 4 left after dinner while my friend and I decided we'd stay for 1 drink to check out the music. Fast forward 4 hours and a few glasses of sambuca later and we are still there...thoroughly enjoying the scene (music! dancing! flowers!) and reminding ourselves that we are still in NYC and had not been teleported to Greece. The owner (or at least the manager?) was very gracious and appeared to just want to make sure everyone was enjoying themselves. I felt like I was in on a big secret. A a big, wonderful Greek secret.

Recommends
over a year ago

Editorial Review – Entertains and dines guests with live Greek music, authentic Greek dishes and fresh seafood picks.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Great Greek joint for dinner & entertainment...a must do in the city! – This place is like a hidden jewel...one of the last few great Greek places to put together a live show on the weekends...and the food is great too. Very authentic, very reasonable, very entertaining! You're especially lucky if the owner Dennis is singing himself...very friendly, he always makes it a point to visit every table and welcome his guests...There was even people dancing on the table one night when we went, I felt like I was literally in Athens...I definitely reccomend, but don't go too early, Greeks are notorious for late dinners, especially when there's music...go later if you want to see the place in action

Recommends
4.0
over a year ago

Authentic without a trip to Astoria (or Athens...) – I stopped in for a late meal on an off weeknight, so getting a table was no problem. This is an unpretentious, casual place with one main large dining room and a charming back outdoor garden space. They offer live music (but not the night I was there). the Taramosalata, tzatziki, dolmades appetizers were delicious. The grilled baby lamb chops were perfectly grilled, herbed and presented with strips of grilled zucchini. The ample porgy was also very tasty. A bit of watermelon and baklava and coffee finished off a delightful meal. The service was good. There are certainly more upscale (and expensive) greek restaurants in the city but for simple, tasty fare this place did the trick. I would certainly go back. The meal with three drinks came to $98.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

a true taste of Greece – At Rafina you will find the most authentic tasting Greek fish, appetizers and main courses. I grew up in Greece and know what is real Greek food and what isn't! and this is the real thing....

 

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