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308 E 86th St, Between 2nd & 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10028-3121 (Second Avenue)
+1 212-628-9100
16:00 - 22:30
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Mon - Fri 16:00 - 22:30
Sat - Sun 12:30 - 23:00
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Anniston, Alabama
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52 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is the only dish I had but it was delicious! I agree with previous reviewer who said "closest to Greece you can get". Very friendly greeting and service and a darling Chef!

Thank Josephine8647
Jefferson, New York, United States
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Ithaka is a wonderful restaurant great food, great service, great atmosphere. When you are in Ithaka you feel like you are on an island in Greece. I highly recommended eating there.

Thank Georgette A
New York City, New York
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

I came here at 10pm and we didn't feel once like we were holding the place open even though we were the before last group to leave. We never felt rushed and in fact we had excellent service which went along perfectly with the great food. My friend and I decided to do mostly appetizers and then split an entree.... More 

Thank faurecia
Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi, United States
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

As a Greek-American, I found Ithaka to be a sheet delight. Overall, the food was prepared the way my Yia Yia would cook it. Simple, straightforward, prepared with good ingredients, and not overly salted (a problem with with the food in many Greek restaurants). To begin, my wife and I ordered avgolemono soup (egg-lemon chicken soup), loukaniko (a Greek sausage),... More 

Thank Louis K
New York City, New York
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34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Looking for a nice restaurant near movie on East 86th street we went to Ithaka a very pleasant Greek experience. We each had a drink. They presented a choice of whole Red Snapper, Branzino or Orata. We were not in the mood for a $35.00 fish. So we had a small Greek salad and each Stuffed Eggplant and Grilled shrimp... More 

Thank 890RobertM890
New York, United States
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423 reviews
367 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I had the delicious appetizer of spinach and feta cheese pie (2 per order). Completing my meal was the meatballs in tomato sauce, listed under the heading of appetizers. It was just okay.

Thank Harvey M
Narragansett, Rhode Island
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238 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

My friend and I had a lovely dinner at this delightful Greek restaurant which is very close to her apartment. My favorite was an appetizer of flambé cheese Saganaki . The pasticcio was very good and the baklava for dessert was delicious. Service was excellent

Thank billcarroll289
Boca Raton, Fl.
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Our first visit. Arrived 5:30, no reservations. Seated quickly, one other couple there, given menus. We've eaten in hundreds of Greek restaurants in the US and abroad and want to support Greek restaurants. Served Ouzo by the glass, in the right Ouzo glass $7.00. A dish of ground roasted red peppers, came with warm pita. No olives. Mezes: backalau (tough,... More 

Thank Spreckles
New York City, New York
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212 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

I usually come here with my parents since they love Greek food, and especially seafood. Don't fret, if you're not a seafood lover they do have other options such as lamb or chicken. Kapamas is probably one of my favorite lamb (in tomato sauce) dishes in the city. They also offer a take out option if you're in the mood... More 

Thank Daje2
Salem, MA
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67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

I liked this place but am very hesitant to give it even this 4 star rating. I love a good greek restaurant, but I want to get what I want to order, not what the waiter wants me to have. My waiter was so pushy, I finally gave in and got the octopus. Although it was good, it was nothing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:30 - 23:00
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
16:00 - 22:30
12:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 308 E 86th St, Between 2nd & 1st Ave, New York City, NY 10028-3121
    (Second Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 4,5,6 subway stops at 86th street and Lexington Ave.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-628-9100

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Upper East Side
Combining quiet residential neighbourhoods that have easy access to Central Park with world-famous cultural institutions, the Upper East Side is one of the most livable places in the city. Along beautiful Fifth Avenue, you’ll find Museum Mile, which houses many of the nation's most famous attractions in a single stretch, like The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum. Walk a few blocks into the neighbourhood, and you’ll come to Park Avenue, the poshest address in the city, lined with grand apartment buildings as far as the eye can see. Even if you can’t afford the luxury goods along Madison Avenue, it’s still a great spot to window shop an afternoon away.
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