I was so excited when my sister picked out Kefi for a late lunch spot to celebrate her Columbia Law School graduation. Kefi, an authentic Greek taverna, is located on the Upper West Side and run by chef Michael Psilakis.
I don’t usually order cocktails at lunch, but Kefi had Skinos Mastiha liquor – our favorite from our trip to Greece last summer – so I felt compelled to order a drink. Since they were out of grapes to make the Mastic 75 cocktail on the menu, the bartender made me a variation with cherries. I’m not usually a fan of cherry- flavored drinks, but this concoction was delicious! The waiter told us they may try to feature it on the menu now.
All around, everyone enjoyed their dishes. A few of us took advantage of the lunch specials, which included an appetizer, entree, and dessert. I started with the Kefi salad or horiatiki salata (tomato, cucumber, olives, peppers, onions, lettuce, fennel, feta, red-wine-feta vinaigrette) to start. Chris and my dad started with tsoutsoukakia (meatballs with roasted garlic, olives, and tomato).
For our main courses, my mom ordered a delicious homemade pasta, arni giouvetsi (braised lamb shank pasta). Brittany went with the manti pasta (sheep milk ravioli, brown butter, and sage). Chris and my dad had Kefi burgers or bifteki.
There were definitely some other Greeks dining at Kefi while we were there; we even heard one of the waiters speaking in Greek to a family on their way out! It was a great experience and perfect to share with my Greek family.