Avra Estiatorio

141 E. 48th St.
New York, NY 10017
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  • Sun 11am-11pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-12am, Sat 11am-12am
  • $$$; $$$$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair accessible
  • Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Accepted, Online Reservations Available
The goal of Avra seems to be to transport the diner straight to Greece. The space looks nothing like Midtown or even New York, and has wall-to-wall wood flooring, reclaimed wood tables, and seating that is more like what you’d find in a ritzy Greek apartment than an upscale restaurant. Avra has some good, homemade classics, and lots of feta cheese and Kalamata olives, but the focus is on an extensive menu of fresh seafood that ranges from octopus to jumbo shrimp to swordfish and the unusual grilled sardines. You’ve got all your mammals, too, and the roasted half chicken, served with oregano fries, is particularly nice, if not so Greek. And, while the decor is solidly upscale, the service is definitely casual, which may be a turn off to some and a welcome sight to others. At any rate, Avra is not intimidating. --Shane Barnes

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