Best Baklava in the City at Kefi

outside 2Since the closing of our beloved Nick’s, we have found ourselves turning to this moderately priced neighborhood Greek restaurant on Columbus just below 86th Street. The food is good, the prices are right, with many dinner entrees in the teens (not so common nowadays) and they served the best homemade baklava I have ever had–no dessertI had a surprisingly good shrimp salad there shrimp saladand a wonderful frittata at brunch.

frittataThe inside is a light bright blue and white, kind of like Mykonos,inside(  and they have a charming downstairs for large parties. opentable downstairs(

Executive Chef and co-owner Michael Tsilakis’s goal is to recreate rustic dishes from his childhood, offering “Kefi’s authentic signature dishes, like Baccala, Grilled Octopus, grilled octopus opentable( Hilopita, and Tsoutsoukakia meatballs opentable( (voted New York’s Best Meatballs in 2007 by New York Magazine and featured in The New York Times).” They also continue to serve my favorite, grilled branzinobranzino, a fish guaranteed to be liked even by the non-fish loving crowd. While you can get in there on the fly, it’s better to make reservations.






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