Elea

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330 reviews
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$50 and over
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Greek
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
We are bringing "True Greek" to the Upper West Side. At eléa, we only use the finest quality ingredients (Grade 1 Yellow Fin Tuna, Loche Duarte Scottish Salmon) to create traditional "True Greek" fare. Now Open, on the heels of the successful summer opening of Kyma Flatiron, sister restaurant eléa on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. With an open split-level design punctuated with traditional Grecian pottery and décor, eléa will transport guests to a romantic island vacation while also evoking an intimate, softly lit aesthetic perfectly suited for the uptown neighborhood. Meaning “olive” in ancient Greek, eléa offers guests a menu of soulful and modern Greek dishes that encompass flavors across the region’s many islands and terrains.

Special Offers

Sunset Menu

$42 three course prix fixe dinner served every day from 5pm to 6:15pm.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 16 August 2019

Ends: 17 August 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 17:00-18:15

What 330 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Food was great. Very consistent and fresh. But tables are super close together. Staff had a hard time getting around. Got bumped multiple times. restaurant seemed understaffed everyone around us including us were flagging down the server.

SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always recommend Elea. Great food, great ambience, great service and great location.

J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It’s all good, very good, make that excellent
If you want real Greek food, make that fish, this is the top place.
I’ve been to most of the other well know Greek restaurants, they are all good to very good, Elena is a step above.
Hint, be sure to ask for a table downstairs, the ground floor with the bar is high energy but intrudes a bit if the food and wine experience

E
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We stumbled upon Elea as we just moved to the neighborhood and it was a great find! Turns out the same people own Kyma in Roslyn, which we also love.
From the moment we walked in, we felt like we were welcomed as regulars. The wait staff, food and ambiance are everything we could have hoped for. Bonus: best baklava I’ve ever had! Can’t wait to go back.

u
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Always a pleasant experience. The food, especially the dips and the octopus appetizer were excellent. Service is acceptable. You are not hurried. Have found myself returning for both brunch and dinner

w
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

My husband and I came here for the sunset menu which was delicious! Overall I think it's a little pricey for the UWS but I will most likely be returning for the Elea Chips, they are AMAZING!

BR
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

A warm welcome was followed by sparse service. As two older women, perhaps seen as not big spenders. My Brussels sprout salad was tasteless and I had to signal another waiter to get salt and pepper.
The zucchini small plate was also oil-soaked and not enchanting.
The wine recommendation was quite good. Out first meal at Elea was outstanding. This was disappointing.

JJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere, service and food!

G
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Food with a menu where it is hard to go wrong no matter what you order! Great vibe and excellent service!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Authentic Greek cuisine on the upper West side! The food was outstanding as was the service. I would definitely go back again and highly recommend this venue.

RN
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Again the food is excellent and the prix fixe lunch Is a true bargain. The dinner menu is terrific and the service is always attentive. The best: octopus, Greek Cobb salad, chicken souvlaki, salmon, yellowfin, lavraki, lamb, zucchini fritters, feta and watermelon salad. Or anything else.

RD
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meal was delicious, the staff was great, and as always, Roy, the manager, was very attentive

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was not well timed. We waited a while for main courses and check...

m
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The food and service has gone down hill since my last visit earlier this year. The server was ok and pushed us to order a third appetizer! We were a party of three. We didn’t ask him if that was enough food because we know our appetite and the portion plates of the restaurant. The quality of the food and service was not good. Will not be returning.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This restaurant is delightful. Food is excellent; best Taramasolata ever, wonderful zucchini chips, and delicious octopus made great appetizers. Cocktails are great. Main courses centered on fresh whole fish, simply cooked. Wait staff is friendly and on it. Management is friendly and warm. An all-around excellent dining experience, and you get the feeling they can crank it out over and over.

DC
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent cuisine, attentive service and much improved accoustics that made for a very pleasurable dining experience.

OT
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We had a reservation. table was not ready. we sat for full 10 minutes before receiving menu s, water or any interaction.

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 2Ambience 1

Good food but poor and very slow service. Very noisy and poor ambience. Main dining room is in the basement with the subway rumbling by every few minutes. Very disappointing.

j
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and ambiance

Q
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Elea is one of our local UWS restaurants to which we go back again and again - always superb, friendly staff, and our restaurant away from home.

RN
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We remember the Times saying a while back the neighborhood was a restaurant desert. Elea says it’s not. Classic Greek sort of bistro-style. Lunch is delicious and a ridiculous bargain. Go often and have everything. At dinner try the octopus appetizer, tuna, watermelon and feta salad, chocolate mousse cake so rich it should be shared, or go relatively healthy with excellent Greek yogurt and honey. We love this place. Nice atmosphere, great service, terrific food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service. Initially, they were going to seat us downstairs, where it was very dark, but after requesting a table upstairs they were accommodating. It was curious that they wanted to stick us downstairs when there was availability on the main dining room.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Delicious and A great addition to the neighborhood.

RS
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ate outside, which lowered the noise level, but for the moment they don't have a liquor license for outdoors. That was fine for me, but maybe wouldn't be fine for others.

IR
Berlin
6 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A surprise find. Varied food and drink options, lots of attentive service. Nice wine list. We were meeting old friends so it was important that we werent squished in the middle of strangers; the seating was comfortable, tables nicely spaced apart (which you never seem to get anymore). I think 4 people were serving us at any moment without being annoying. Nice experience. Nice to have another option on the UWS.

RN
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We’re really glad they opened this on the West Side. We needed it and it’s now on our list of favorites. Octopus salad, gazpacho, baked peppers, a terrific unusual version of a Cobb, yoghurt with walnuts — these are all excellent. Better than excellent, they’re original. This place is without question one of the best in the neighborhood but it’s even better than that. We’ll be back often for lunch and dinner.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 3

I have eaten at the restaurant twice before and had found the food to be excellent both times. This meal was average and overpriced..The fish was cooked well . The dish was bland.
So- overall experience-disappointment.

DK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Elea is a casual but slightly upscale Greek restaurant. I have eaten there three times and two if those times the staff has been friendly, professional and helpful. Much of the food is traditional but well prepared. The Tarmosalada and sashimi small plates were standouts. Grilled fish is simple but delicious. The atmosphere is nice but it can get very loud.

UW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Love having this fresh, delicious eatery in the neighborhood

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As usual, the food, service and ambience were wonderful. It's a perfect go-to restaurant for evenings when the neighborhood favorites are not enough. Incidentally, I have had lunch there once and it was delightful.

MO
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food
Too noisy
Tables for two were very close together

PS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

lunch special is extraordinary quality/value. many choices, all good.

MB
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The noise level in the restaurant is so loud you cannot speak or hear your guest. This was my second time and every customer was yelling at their table to be heard. Noise abatement needs to be considered. I live two blocks away and would go more often if it wasn’t so noisy that you cannot think

JN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time there for me, but not the others at my table.
Exceptional food and service. Truly great.

Great chat with the manager, along with dessert wine on the house...

LK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic find! Loved it--the food, ambience, everything was wonderful!

AD
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Can I just say: we love Elea, in large part because the food is outstanding. We have been ~8 times, mostly for dinner, but this was our second brunch here. The dinner menu is terrific, and whether you make a meal out of the starters or order entrees, we have yet to find something we did not love. Brunch has been great, too, with delicious eggs Benedict or shakshuka, and a nice drinks menu, too, if you're in that kind of mood. (Who can turn down a good Negroni?)

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

The food was decent, but not excellent enough as to justify such an expensive meal. The service was extremely slow to the point where it was almost comical. We will not return.

l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is very good! Had oysters, Greek salad, zucchini cakes & lamb chops. The service is terrific. It’s on the higher end in price, but a great addition to the upper west side. We will definitely return.

n
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent meal-Octopus particularly good, as was the grilled fish.
Service very nice even when busy.noisy as evening goes on-come early if you want a quiet conversation.

WV
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a great addition to the UWS! I will definitely be back.

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