Chilled and Grilled – Dinner Options at Nerai

Summer is fast approaching, and what could be better than a meal that combines the best of a cold appetizer with the best of a hot-off-the-grill entrée? Nerai is proud to present menu items in keeping with the season.

First, the chilled:

A half dozen oysters can start off a meal on proper fashion. Choose either East Coast (blue point / wellfleet) or West Coast (kumamoto / sushi). Alternately, a cocktail made with shrimp and cocktails sauce or featuring a ½ of a 1 lb lobster might be more to your taste. Crab lovers can opt for the Alaskan King crab drenched in clarified butter and lemon.

Next, the grilled:

Grilled Lavraki

Grilled Lavraki

Lavraki is Mediterranean sea bass, which is expertly grilled, then deboned and filleted. Our Dover Sole is char grilled bone-in, then delicately filleted and served with beurre blanc. Shrimp lovers will be delighted with 2 huge Black Tiger shrimp grilled head-on, or try the Fagri – a deboned and filleted Mediterranean red sea bream.

A combination of any chilled appetizer and grilled entrée is certain to make your evening’s meal come out perfect. You can make multiple bookings over the summer to try out every possible duo on the menu!

Don’t forget to check our menu often as we add new items frequently and changes occur as the seasons pass by. We strive to bring you the best in Greek and Mediterranean food year round.


Celebrate Graduation at Nerai

Is your son or daughter walking across the stage this year? You can show them how proud you are by inviting them to dinner at the most elegant Greek restaurant in New York – Nerai.

The ambience is completely grown-up, and fine dining is presented with flair by a master Greek chef when you visit. Each dish is prepared with care, with a nod to Greek tradition and a healthy dose of Mediterranean flavor.

Encourage your newly fledged progeny to sample a wide range of tastes, from appetizers like Chips Nerai (eggplant and zucchini sliced thin and fried, then served with a fresh tzatziki sauce) to the delicious seasonal fish prepared to order.

The salads never disappoint. The pita bread is always fresh and warm. The dips and spreads are fresh, bursting with flavor, and true to authentic Greek recipes while still managing to infuse a little uniqueness.

For college graduate, a cocktail might be in order. Specialty cocktails at Nerai come with a side order of mythology or history, so be certain to ask the meaning behind your drink’s name.

Leave room for dessert. Traditional Portokalopita, delicious lavender mousse, and a light Greek yogurt ensure that everyone at the table finds something to their taste.

Your grad had to work hard to achieve their goals, but rewarding them is easy when you reserve dinner or a private party room at Nerai. Say congratulations and enjoy an evening out in honor of the occasion!

Weekend Brunch at Nerai

New York’s most exciting Greek and Mediterranean restaurant is once again expanding its offerings — this time for weekend brunch-lovers. Executive chef Chris Christou has put together a divine selection of delicious plates to seduce even the most discerning patron.

egg-bFirst, the beverages. A Bloody Mary, Persephone or Mimosa is gratis with brunch, and a range of cocktails are on offer, including a honey sweetened Greek Island Iced Tea, a blueberry-saturated Metaxa Blue, a vanilla frappe, or an Ouzo Sunrise with blood orange. Non-alcoholic drinks include a variety of fresh juices, a classic Greek frappe, or tea.

Order any of the following for the table: the restaurant’s trademark Chips Nerai, spinach pies, duck baklava, tuna tartare, or grilled octopus. Follow up with brunch specialty plates for each member of your party, including breakfast fare such as French toast, eggs prepared to order, Maine lobster Benedict or a Greek omelet; or luncheon dishes like an organic chicken skewer, Ora King salmon, or Kasseri Lamb Burger.

For lighter fare, choose between a Burrata Greek salad or our Grape Arugula salad. Side dishes include Applewood smoked bacon, truffle Feta fries, grilled asparagus, sautéed mushrooms, or home fries.

Don’t forget dessert. Choose from a dazzling array of sweets, from the simple fruit platter or the Greek yogurt to the decadent Fiji Apple Bougatsa or the creamy lavender mousse with pecans and pineapple.

Sunday brunch at Nerai is sure to become a staple of your weekend. Plan ahead now and invite your best friends and your family to join you for what promises to be a delightful weekend treat.

Girls Lunch Out, at Nerai

Grilled-OctopusLooking for the ideal upscale destination for excellent food in a sophisticated setting? Look no further. Nerai is the ideal restaurant for a group of friends looking to gather and share amazing Mediterranean fare and some scintillating conversation. The ambience is delightful, the food is “Modern Greek with a flair”, and you’ll never tire of new combinations as you work your way through the incredible menu options! The Prix Fixe Lunch offers plenty of delightful dishes to sample:

Course One

Start with a few appetizers for the table to share. You can’t go wrong with either the traditional warm, fresh Greek pita bread with a trio of spreads/dips (Hummus, Tzatziki and Feta), or Spinach pies (with crumbled feta and ouzo yogurt). Feeling a little more adventurous? The grilled octopus with chickpeas, onions, capers and roasted peppers is a favorite of NYC locals, or enjoy the short rib meatballs with tomato sauce and whipped goat cheese. (There are six more starter options including two salads, so plenty of room for experimentation!)

Course Two

The entrees as usual do not disappoint at Nerai; traditional Greek favorites and modern Mediterranean dishes abound. Choose from any of nine delicious plates, ranging from organic roasted chicken to King salmon, from lamb chops or a burger to fresh shrimp or fish prepared to order. Vegetarian? No problem! Try the risotto with Portobello mushrooms, roasted butternut squash and Mizithra. The grilled Shrimp Santorini Pappardelle is served with shimeji mushrooms, grilled zucchini and feta, and the grilled Cretan spiced scallops come with sunchoke puree and a shitake pastourma vinaigrette.

Course Three

Enjoy a light seasonal fruit plate, savor a dish of portokalopita (orange sponge filo cake topped with a bitter chocolate sorbet) or spoon up smooth, creamy Greek yogurt drizzled with wild thyme honey and sprinkled with candied pecans. Better yet, order all three and let the table share!

Girls day out at Nerai will become a monthly tradition you will be sure to pencil in and never miss.

Enjoying lunch at Nerai

While some may think Irish fare would be the top of the dining choices for March, with all due respect to Saint Patrick, why not enjoy a fine Greek lunch at Nerai? The month of March is said to blow in like a lion and out like a lamb. And lamb is on the menu at Nerai, in several dishes designed to make your mouth water.

Succulent Lamb for Lunch:

First, we offer our delicious lamb burger, created from finely ground lamb and short rib, cooked to perfection, topped with fresh arugula, soft crumbles of feta, and red pepper aioli, and served with hand cut fries. It’s the perfect switch up from the perennial burger and fries, giving an All American dish a Greek twist that is bursting with rich flavor!

Second, you can try out decadent lamb chops, served up in mouthwatering perfection. The chops are accompanied by fingerling potatoes and grilled asparagus, and swimming in a flavorful rosemary jus.

Both lamb dishes are part of our fixed prix lunch, and the chops are available at dinner as well.

Additional Dining Options

What goes well with lamb? We recommend an appetizer in true Greek fashion – the pita bread and dips are an excellent choice for sharing with the table, and are a wonderful precursor to either dish. Alternately, try the chips Nerai – eggplant and zucchini sliced thinly, fried and served with a delightful tzatziki sauce.

With the lamb chop option, a fresh salad might be in order – try our Greek salad with feta, rye croutons, onion and Kalamata olives, or enjoy the taste contrast with a rainbow beet salad, which includes pears, walnuts, and a confit garlic yogurt dressing.


After a plate of perfectly prepared and enjoyed lamb, a light dessert is in order. Choose from Greek yogurt with candied pecans and wild thyme honey; a simple fruit plate; or the traditional portokalopita – a orange sponge filo cake served with a bitter chocolate sorbet. March only comes once a year, so don’t miss out on incredible Greek cuisine.

Sundays at Nerai

A year after opening for the first Sunday evening, Nerai is still welcoming guests on Sunday evenings for a now familiar yet always exciting Greek meal. The menu always has favorites, but seasonal changes keep it fresh and engaging, so regulars and first timers alike can find a dish that suits them perfectly – or order several to share.

Joining the perennial pita bread and spreads, saganaki and the famous Chips Nerai (zucchini and eggplant, sliced thin, fried and served with tzatziki) are other table pleasers like cod croquettes, spinach pies and oysters.

Appetizers run the gamut, from grilled Langoustines to char grilled King crab legs to tuna tartar. The adventurous sample the pork belly, while the sophisticated enjoy the foie gras torchon. There’s even calamari – but not the simple fried rings you’d expect – instead, Nerai’s is stuffed with feta, shrimp and pork and seasoned with saffron.

Dinner can be light, consisting of salad and seafood; choose from haddock, monkfish or sole, or opt for scallops, lobster, or black tiger shrimp. Those seeking a more robust repast can enjoy short ribs, Cornish hen, Crescent duck, lamb chops or filet mignon.

Vegetarians don’t have to ask for substitutions; simply order the delightful, risotto Strapatsada (a tomato ragu served with manouri cheese and a heirloom poached egg and dressed with a fine balsamic reduction) or the Gemista (a stuffed tomato with zucchini and fingerling potatoes.) Each dish is cooked to perfection, with every plate arriving at your table steaming hot and delicately accented with exotic sauces and garnishes.

Make Sunday couples night. You can enjoy the ambience our beautifully appointed dining rooms, while enjoying some of the finest Greek and Mediterranean food this side of the Atlantic. Reservations Available.


Valentine’s Day at Nerai – the Perfect Couple’s Meal

Not sure where to take your significant other on Valentine’s Day? The second Saturday in February is an event this year at Nerai, with a blend of Greek and Mediterranean dishes and unique wine pairings if desired. Couples can enjoy their repast in the decadent surroundings of Nerai, enjoying the ambience and the excellent service. This year, the repast is a five course Prix Fixe.

Course One: the meal starts with a delicious Kumamoto Oyster served up with malagouzia foam and basil emulsion. A light, fair wine, (Moschofilero, Spiropoulos ode panos, year 2013, from Mantinia, Greece) complements this dish perfectly.

Course Two: The oyster is followed by a crisp Kale Salad tossed with toasted walnuts, halloumi croutons, and pomegranate balsamic. The wine is dry and white (Assyrtiko, Sigalas, year 2013, from Santorini, Greece), cleansing the palate before the next course.
Course Three: Nerai’s well-loved Lobster Orzotto is up next; a butter poached lobster served with asparagus and a steaming lobster bisque. The wine is a bright, spicy red that contrasts with the smooth flavor of the accompanying dish (Xynomavro, Thymiopoulos Uranos, year 2011, from Macedonia, Greece).

Course Four: Choose from the tender Fillet Mignon, offered with a coffee rub, feta mash and beech mushrooms. The wine is dark and fruity (Syrah, Nerantzi, year 2008 from Serres, Greece) or the lighter Ora King Salmon, plated with avocado mousse, candied beets and leek chips. A different wine for this option – a crisp white (Malagouzia, Gerovasilliou, year 2013 from Epanomi, Greece).

Course Five: A dual dessert option includes a rich Greek Yogurt Brownie served up with gianduia anglaise, chantilly cream, Greek cookie crumble and vanilla ice cream, accompanied by Aphrodite’s Embrace, samos sabayon with macerated strawberries, paired with a full bodied dessert wine (Mavrodaphne, Kourtaki, year 2013, from Patras, Greece).

Please see our Valentine’s Day menu for details. Vegetarian options are also available on request. Bring your loved one to Nerai for an intimate evening and enjoy your Valentine’s Day weekend!