Yefsi Estiatorio

Restaurants , Greek Upper East Side
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Garides Saganaki (Shrimp sauteed in a light tomato sauce with melted feta cheese)

Venue says: "Our beautiful covered garden feels like you been transported back to Greece with fresh Greek cuisine prepared by Chef Christos Christou."

Though the standard wine-bottles-and-candles decor of Yefsi Estiatorio doesn’t immediately convey the Upper East Side restaurant’s Greek heritage, once the food arrives, you’ll know. Hailing from Cyprus, chef Christos Christou (Molyvos) taps into that upbringing in a menu of traditionally-minded Mediterranean fare. The backyard and sidewalk seating area are overflowing during peak dinner hours, so opt for the expansive, 70-seat dining room, which feels full but not crowded.

For appetizers, the star of the Feta Sto Fourno ($11) sanwdich was unsurprisingly the generous slab of creamy feta cheese. An underlying layer tomato wasn't nearly as fresh, failing to brighten up the richness of the cheese-and-eggplant sandwich. The zucchini and eggplant Yefsi Chips ($16) were deliciously crisp and crunchy, but they could’ve used double the dollop of tzatzkiki sauce with chunks of cucumber—this was quickly supplied upon request. 

On the entree front, the heaping portion of grilled wild salmon Solomos ($25) was offset by a soft bed of leek rice pilaf. The roasted chicken Biologico Kotopoulo ($25) was seasoned evenly with an array of fragrant Greek herbs, and the accompanying potatoes smacked nicely of lemon. Both dishes paired well with our server's recommendation of an earthy, berry-hinted 2014 Gravelly Ford Pinot Noir ($10). 

The house take on baklava ($8) is a must-order for dessert. Here, the phyllo dough layered with crushed walnuts and honey is a bit more sticky than flaky, but there’s an easy solution—combine it with the galatoboureko ($8), a phyllo and custard dessert that’s a more uncommon find in NYC’s Greek restaurants. It's a fitting end to Yefsi's feast of Greek grub—a tried-and-true approach to the cuisine with a few surprising gems in the mix. 

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Yefsi Estiatorio says
Award winning and hand selected by the White House, Chef Christos Christou (formerly of Milos) enters his 5th year bringing authentic Greek food to the Upper East Side. The vegetables are hand selected from local farmers and cheeses, olives and cold pressed olive oil are imported from Greece. We cook the freshest seafood including the lavarki bronizni flown in daily from Greece. The restaurant provides a warm and rustic atmosphere with a lengthy bar that can also be enjoyed for cocktails.
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Venue name: Yefsi Estiatorio
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Address: 1481 York Ave
New York
10075
Cross street: between 78th and 79th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 5–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 5–11:30pm
Transport: Subway: 6 to 77th St
Price: Average main course: $22
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Maria Nilsson

This restaurant is amazing! I'm here about once a week and have never been disappointed. The atmosphere and the outdoor garden is super cosy. Strongly recommend!