Elea

4.7
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474 reviews
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$50 and over
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Greek
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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

At Elea, you can experience a Greek Island Valentine's day at the Upper West Side. Come celebrate love with a 3 course prix fixe menu, which includes as options filet mignon, lobster pasta and other delicious Greek specialties for the price of 85$ per person.

Friday, 14 February, 2020

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection on UWS

CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Prefer to be upstairs next time. Good food and fun environment

a
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service and a fabulous lychee martini.

G
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went for lunch and it was restaurant week so there was a special. I ordered the chicken souflaki which came on pita and with fries and tzatsiki sauce on the side. Unfortunately there was hardly any chicken,very tiny pieces, on the 2 brochettes I received so the main serving was of pita and fries. Tasted good but if I wanted a carb meal I would have ordered a carb main dish! Have been to this restaurant a fair amount since it opened, live in the ‘hood and this makes me wary of going back though I love the ambience. Hope they will rectify this issue!

LB
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The appetizers and mains we had were delicious, but the desserts just OK. The staff is very pleasant. They even have a coat check, which deserves a bonus star.

R
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elea is now my favorite restaurant in Manhattan ! Tonight was my third visit in 5 weeks. I love everything about Elea ! The food is so delicious and the menu choices are unusual and creative and always perfectly prepared and seasoned. My favorites are the cauliflower fritters which I have never had but are one of the best dishes I have ever had, the tavern style lamb chops and for dessert the creamy, pistachio seasoned ekmek. I have introduced Elea to 3 friends all of whom enjoyed it as much as I do !

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the freshness of the food. The service is exceptional. We have eaten here many times. It never disappoints!

S
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We've come 4x now and noticed a few constants: 1) energy always high and buzz great, 2) food - especially zucchini chips, fried cheese and all the white fish - is top-notch, 3) interesting (all Greek) wines with nice pours, and 4) even with a reservation, you inevitably wait for at least 20 minutes. So before going every time, my wife and I have to decide whether 1, 2 & 3 are good enough to have to put up with 4.

F
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Elea is a very good, not brilliant, neighborhood Greek restaurant. We are very lucky to have them on the UWS. The ingredients do not overwhelm, as they do, say at Milos, but Milos costs twice what Elea does. The food is solid. My one complaint is that the servers should stop UpSelling us. If we want more to eat, we will order more. Their UpSelling is very annoying and makes me pause when I think to reserve.

g
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on 16 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In every way, dining at Elea is wonderful. We are SO lucky that it has made its home on the Upper west Side.

L
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Dishes were prepared to perfection! Our servers allowed us the time we needed to make our decisions. Each dish was delicious! I would highly recommend Elea!

D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, lovely service.

MZ
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service delicious food. We will be back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Truthfully, I haven’t invested enough time towards reviewing my dining experiences. But Elea was so good — so good that I was inspired to write a review.

What was good? The location is super cool: a bar situated in one quadrant of the main dining area, small but cozy tables fill the remaining floor space, candles and some dim lighting paint the white wood backdrop, and there’s also overflow seating in a basement level.

Also, we visited Elea on a Monday night when the restaurant offers 50% off wine. Unheard of given the beautiful selection they offer. The salad and the dip selection we had were both fresh and clean, and at this point the table was packed when you account for the warm loaf of bread and extra pita that arrived. For our mains we had the octopus and lamb chops, respectively, which were unsurprisingly great.

The only oddity here was the number of glasses / dishes that broke during our few hours dining. The staff is super responsive when it comes to clean-ups, but the frequency has to be tied to either the size of the tables or to the stoppers on the bottom of the chairs (super strong, I pushed my seat out while leaning on the table, nothing moved). This isn’t a problem at all, just comical.

p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great experience, highly recommend

A
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We've been here several times and the food seems to get better and better. The service is very friendly and helpful, although not always super efficient. The only meaningful minus is that it can get blisteringly hot in the downstairs dining room. They desperately need better HVAC.

DD
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Appetizers are wonderful, service very good menu great. Our main courses were flavorless. Very disappointed
They surprised us with a birthday dessert which was very nice
I really like the place and would come back for lunch snd appetizers

L
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always terrific and as well as the service

f
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was empty at six and got quite full later. Our table in the back was warm, tables near the stairs were cooler, most of the seats are downstairs. Food was good but I was disappointed in the feta appetizer which I've had better prepared elsewhere.

OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the fish and salad and yogurt dessert!

J
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like I was on vacation

m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never dissapoints! Great night, great food, great service!

D
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience1

New Year's Eve is not the best time to evaluate a restaurant. The lighting was poor and it was very dark at our table. The food was okay. The service was not very attentive. They didnt bring a knife when they served a loaf of bread and we had to take some olive oil from another table.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing every time!!

M
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Wonderful UWS find. Great fish and oh the lamb chops too. Helpful courteous staff. The upstairs room is a bit crowded and noisy for me with a large bar as well as restaurant seating, so I always ask for a table in the large downstairs room where it is quieter. Make you preference known with your reservation.

R
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elea is THE finest Greek restaurant I have been to in New York City ! The menu from cocktails to dessert is the most untypical Greek cuisine and our dinners were superb ! I started with cauliflower fritters finished with wonderful spices and a generous topping of pine nuts. With this I tried the bread brought to the table with assorted olives. I am not sure what type of bread it was but it was perfect ! For my main course I chose the baby lamb chops. They came with tangy delicious Greek fries. The chops were superb. My friend had the mushroom pastiscio which she said was excellent. We will both definitely be back to Elea soon and if you are craving fine Greek cuisine and you are in Manhattan you couldn’t possibly choose a better place than Elea !!!!!

GS
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently great. Excellent food and service.

FG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and service in the neighborhood.
Love the fish.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner here was spectacular! They had a regular menu which I appreciated. I am not a fan of the overpriced prix fixed Christmas menu. I like to have choices. We started with oysters and vegetable chips. Both excellent. We shared a whole fish which was plenty for 3 people. I enjoyed my Greek rose and my husband had a version of a Moscow mule. Service was great

i
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on 23 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely restaurant. Light, airy, greek island ambience, delicious food. Casual enough for a neighborhood meal but nice enough for a celebration too. In addition to the usual mezze, some interesting appetizers, e.g. cauliflower fritters with pine nuts (basically a very imaginative latke). This was my first visit, and I was seated upstairs. Not sure how the downstairs feels.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Lamb chops are amazing - perfectly seasoned and cooked to a true medium rare. The zucchini chips are also standouts.

p
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

I usually enjoy Elea. This visit was awful - noisy crowded hot poor service

CD
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great, relaxed evening

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Can’t wait to go back. Best place in UWS!

OT
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was great

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Food was awful but service was great.

MB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Elea is always a crowd pleaser. Food and service are excellent..ambience is very nice and there is a great vibe especially at the bar. Can’t wait for our next visit!

j
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful lunch venue, where the food is delicious and authentic. The service couldn't have been better. A wonderful lunch special, though it was so much that we had to take half of it home.

T
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant on the upper west side

RZ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food!