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Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City


This upscale Greek restaurant hits all the right marks

The dining room is tranquil and very Greek.

An upscale Greek restaurant in Manhattan has to have certain attributes, and it needs to do them very well: The menu should have the expected assortment of Greek salads, dips, and appetizers, and they should all be prepared with precision, while hitting the right notes. Nerai, located on 54th Street between Park and Madison, perfectly fits the bill.

We dined there recently at the invitation of the restaurant and started our meal with a couple creative and very tasty cocktails, including the Pigtini (Stoli with fresh fig puréee and rosemary) and the Persephone (prosecco with St. Germain and pomegranate) accompanied by meze including spicy feta dip and hummus, which were both fresh and flavorful. Grilled langoustines were perfectly cooked and simply dressed with olive oil, certainly worthy of the expense, although they could have picked up a little more char from the grill. And individual spanakopitas were spot on and would have made for an ideal party snack. Other starters include shrimp and lobster cocktail, local oysters, fried calamari, Cretan meat balls with tomato sauce and whipped goat cheese, and an enticing-sounding duck leg confit baklava with sour cherry jus.


Entrées include Greek specialties like beef cheek pastichio with bucatini and kefalograviera cheese béchamel, duck moussaka with lentils and chanterelle fig jus, and Murray’s chicken lemonata. Langoustine uni spaghettoni is a luxurious and welcome surprise, as is squid ink linguine lobster pasta for two and a 32-ounce 28-day dry-aged bone-in ribeye for two for those in a more carnivorous mood. The fish is obviously a standout, with shipments of lavraki, tsipoura, the rarer lithrini, and even Dover sole being shipped in on a near-daily basis. My tsipoura, a Mediterranean sea bream, was light, tender, and flaky, simply seasoned with good olive oil, capers, lemon, and Greek oregano, and as excellent as can be expected at a Greek restaurant at this caliber. These guys definitely know how to cook a fish. The chicken was also excellent, tender and juicy with crispy skin and bright lemon acidity.

For dessert, don’t miss the traditional kataifi ekmek, crisp shredded phyllo topped with layers of smooth custard and whipped cream. Top it off with a glass of ouzo for good measure, and keep in mind that this is a non-tipping restaurant.

A good Greek restaurant should be predictable in all the right ways, from the ambiance to the quality of the seafood. Nerai hits all the right notes and more: It’s a tranquil, romantic spot with high-quality, simply prepared food served by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. Visit once and you might just find yourself becoming a regular.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

169 - 173 of 661 reviews

Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.


Nerai: A Trip to Greece in New York City - Recipes

We had a lovely meal at Nerai last week. I had Cretan meatballs to start, short rib with orzo pasta for main and some baclava for pud. All three courses were so so tasty and good sized portions.
The staff were really friendly and attentive which always makes a meal more enjoyable. The restaurant decor was also a highlight.

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Love all of menu.
Especially love the greek yogurt.
Very friendly staff. Not asking tip is plus.

Many items on the menu, as well as wine, are very pricey, even considering the fact that the tip is baked into the price(non-tipping restaurant). But the good was very good and service excellent. Given that it was a special occasion, it was certainly worth it. If I have to find a negative: the scallops, which were otherwise prepared marvelously, had too much salt, and I do like salt.

We went to Nerai yesterday for dinner.
The restaurant has a very nice, light contemporary decor and the atmosphere was good.
Service was prompt and efficient.
All dishes we had were lovely and a twist on the usual Greek fare.
We had the tuna tartar, the Nerai chips ( made from aubergines and courgette) and the selection of dips for starters and as mains the cod, the duck moussaka and the stuffed leeks. Portion sizes were generous so that we missed out on the desserts.
Would highly recommend.

We live an avenue away on 54th and walk by Nerai all the time. The decor looked really nice and we are looking for our go-to restaurants in our neighborhood so yesterday my husband and I and his parents decided to grab dinner there.

The weather was lovely so we decided to sit outside.

From the beginning the service was terrible. We sat for a good 10 minutes outside waiting for someone to tend to us. My husband had to wave his arms and flag down the manager to get him to send a waiter. Finally the guy came and took our drinks menu. If it was just my husband and I, we would have taken the check at this point and would have gone for dinner elsewhere, but since his parents were joining us, we bit our tongues and stayed for dinner.

So our drinks came and the waiter gave us the menu. Then it was another 20 minutes that he was gone and we again had to grab the manager's attention because the waiter was nowhere to be seen. Frankly, the manager couldn't seem more disinterested. After that, the waiter took our order and disappeared again. Then another party came to sit right next to us. They were served water and bread pretty much right away when we didn't even get any bread. We don't care about the bread but it's just common etiquette that you serve in the order that people came.

The waiter was really irritating. At one point I told my husband that he should do less talking and do more serving. I don't know if he was new or what but he really didn't have it together. He was trying to figure out where to put the utensils and he didn't even know whether the chef was going to send warm plates with our entrees so he laid down regular plates, took them away because he thought the chef was going to send warm plates, and then had to put them down again when the warm plates never came. Is this a joke?

The good thing about this place was that the food was good, hence I've raised the rating from 1 to 2 stars. Yes, the service was that deplorable.

There is no music playing outside, no candles, no nothing. I got bit by a mosquito 5 times while having dinner which was unpleasant.

There is no lack of good Greek and Mediterranean restaurants near our place. The food was good but we could have spent $400 on a better experience.