Elea

4.7
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497 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.

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Sunset Menu

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

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 16 August 2019

Ends: 17 August 2118

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

What 497 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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Y
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since I’ve returned from Crete, I had yet to find a restaurant with the equivalent of that island’s amazing cuisine...until I found Elea! So many delicious offerings, each never fails to transport me back to Crete. The ambiance is lovely and fresh. The staff is professional with a casual and friendly spirit. It’s all about transporting experiences, isn’t it? Elea has the magic.

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

Sat at the bar
Service was fantastic

J
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We 2 couples shared the day's special-black sea bass. It was perfectly grilled, and we all found it delicious! The food was all excellent, from the appetizers-fried thin slices of zucchini and eggplant, to the dips, and the side dishes.
Wonderful meal at a quiet, roomy table downstairs.

R
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so happy to enjoy a fresh, Greek meal with lovely wine in an atmosphere with professional service throughout.

We can’t wait to return and we will bring our friends.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently amazing! Best restaurant on the UWS!

CH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience3

I use to love this place but went 2 Fridays in a row and the service was terrible. Food is great. Maybe sit at the bar.

RM
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Signed up on OpenTable to have dinner on February 14. We had no idea that the only meal offered was a fixed price for $85. We decided to stay and have dinner. Food was fair. Presentation of the food was fair. Waiter was just fair. Disappointing.

C
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on 10 February 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Always good. enjoyed Fava and shallot spread...fish was excellent...Monday night the wine was 50% off!
Enjoy.

N
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good, we had 3 grandchildren with us, aged 10 and 12 and they had a great time. The only problem was a language issue with the busboy who didn’t understand any English and we found that rather annoying.

I am also wondering if I was given the open table points since there was no email saying so.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a nice meal. The portion sizes were smaller than expected but the sangria was great

E
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I went to restaurant week wirh my parents for brunch. Very delicious, super cute place. Would recommend to anyone who were to ask

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere, great food and terrific client care.

w
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

We love Elea and the food is amazing. However the service on this particular evening was awful. Our waiter was friendly but seemed like he forgot about us the whole meal. Our wine arrived ten minutes after the food and they didn’t refill our glasses. We were finished for a while and they didn’t clear our food. They forgot one of the teas at the end of the night. Seemed strange bc there were a ton of busy looking service people but no one was focused.

L
New England
7 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely! A really nice meal with great service

P
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Attractive setting and inviting atmosphere; service was prompt and friendly. Appetizers inventive and flavorful but main course ( fish ) was soggy and bland.

M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ask for the downstairs room if you prefer a more formal setting. Upstairs has a large bar for a social drink, casual dining and also tables if you like a lively atmosphere.

m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite go to on the upper west side. Highly recommend!

t
New York Area
110 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot for upscale Greek food.

GL
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Nicely prepared and fresh fish dishes. Service was attentive but overly rehearsed. Seating is sardine-like in upstairs dining room and not terribly pleasant. Staff can barely slide in-between tables to serve and clear plates. A few less tables would make for a far more inviting and pleasant experience. Overall, decent food for the neighborhood but overpriced for the experience.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Wonderful. Accommodating and good menu. Food was fresh and elegantly presented

RT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Outstanding!!! From the hostess, bartender, servers and great good, it was all outstanding. I’ll be back here again and again. Can highly recommend Elea.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Greek food!

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection on UWS

CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 21 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent food and service and a fabulous lychee martini.

G
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2020
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
51 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
223 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
71 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
20 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
48 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
24 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
66 reviews
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always terrific and as well as the service