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Jun 14, 2012 07:51 AM

Avra Estiatorio or Kellari Taverna -- help me decide

I'll be in NYC for dinner on Saturday and charcoal-grilled fish is what I'll be looking for. I'd prefer not to travel too far uptown or downtown. I haven't been to either of these places, but they both seem to get consistently good reviews here on CH, my most trusted restaurant resource. I've been to Periyali several times, and love it, but I'm looking for a new Greek place to try. Which one should I choose? Or is there another place you'd recommend instead? Thanks!

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  1. the Kellari on 20th is pretty mediocre...but i think you mean the one on 44th...i went to Avra too many years ago to give a current rec...

    1. I haven't been to Avra but love Kellari Taverna (Kellari Perea that was in the Flatiron is closed). I much prefer it to Periyali, for both the food and overall comfort (chairs, noise level, service). The grilled fish is always pristine and delicious, my personal favorite is the lavraki (sea bass). Do not miss the melomakarona (honey cookies), among the cookies they offer after dinner with dessert.

      1. If you haven't been to Estiatorio Milos, you should consider it. Excellent charcoal-grilled fish, though pricier than most other places. Avra is a solid, consistent alternative.