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!

New Year, New Tastes – Why You Have to Dine at Nerai in 2015

A delicacy in the heart of Midtown, Nerai has quickly become a favorite of New Yorkers and visitors alike. A blend of Greek tradition and Mediterranean cuisine, dining at Nerai is simple, yet complex, and hinges on hospitality and family.

Chris Cristou

Chris Christou

Executive Chef Chris Christou has outdone himself, bringing the New York restaurant to the attention of both foodies and tourists. Nerai opened in July of 2013, quartering in the previous Oceana space on 54th street, and the response to the high quality Greek restaurant has been overwhelming.

Village Voice instantly complimented the cocktail list, the New York Times listed Nerai on its “don’t miss” list of new restaurants to sample, and the Huffington Post called Nerai “A New York City Greek restaurant that sets new levels for modern Hellenic cuisine.”

With such sterling recommendations, it’s definitely a destination that should be on your bucket list in 2015. At Nerai, every meal comes steeped in the Greek history of friendship, family and hospitality, with plenty of dishes designed for sharing.

Contemporary Mediterranean twists on authentic Greek dishes make every meal a surprise – and the pairings of meats and seafoods with a wide array of fresh vegetable dishes and pastas ensure that everyone in a group will find something on the menu that suits.

The cocktails are infused with flavors of figs, oranges and honey. The desserts are sweet and creamy, with a riot of flavors to delight the palate. Every dish is created from ingredients that are carefully sourced and painstakingly prepared, the result being a steady stream of courses delivered at just the right pace from appetizer to aperitif.

If you haven’t been to Nerai, reserve your first meal now – and if you have, do plan to return in 2015. Our menu is always evolving, our fare is always excellent, and the atmosphere is unmatched.

Christmas Eve at Nerai

Are you looking for a sophisticated December 24th? Join us at Nerai for a delightful evening and a special Christmas meal prepared by our brilliant Executive Chef, Chris Christou. We have an amazing chef’s tasting menu planned, featuring the following dishes (with an optional wine pairing):

Roasted Butternut Squash Salad

This elegant, savory salad is composed of gently roasted, fork tender butternut squash arranged over a serving of purple kale, garnished with slivers of pear and crumbled feta, and dressed with a balsamic vinaigrette.

Wine pairing: güner veltliner, wieninger gemischter satz, 2011, nußberg, austria

Brioche Saganaki

Our trademark Greek dish is kefalograviera served with grape spoon sweet and garnished with pickled pearl onions.

Wine pairing: malagouzia, domaine gerovasilliou, 2013, epanomi, greece

Lobster Orzotto

Enjoy a delicately butter poached lobster, served over perfectly cooked orzo and covered in a steaming, fresh lobster bisque.

Wine pairing: assyrtiko, sigalas, 2013, santorini, greece


Halibut a la Polita

Fresh caught halibut expertly prepared and served with a complement of artichoke, feta brine gelée, and lemon dill broth

Wine pairing: chardonay, karipidis, 2011, thessaly, greece


Elysian Fields Lamb

This dish features a succulent, carefully cooked lamb loin dished up with an accompanying lamb neck confit and garnished with a cherry tomato gemista.

Wine pairing: syrah, nerantzi, 2008, serres, greece


Tsoureki Bread Pudding

Complete your meal with a decadent bread pudding covered in caramel and crème anglaise; it’s the perfect ending to a night of opulent tastes and fine company in an elegant setting.

Wine pairing: glykia malagousia, wishes, 2013, eratini, greece

Book your reservation for Christmas Eve soon – spots are filling quickly. Don’t miss this special holiday event at one of the most beautiful venues in New York!

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Nerai for Corporate Lunch

Looking for a place to do business over a fine meal? Nerai offers an ideal environment for that corporate lunch, whether you are going one on one with a new potential client or taking the team out after a strategy meeting developed into a brainstorming session.

Our lunch Prix Fixe menu makes ordering easy, and you can enjoy it from 11:45 to 3:00 Monday through Friday. Choose a starter from the wide selection of 10 distinct choices (including the traditional soup or salad, the slightly more adventurous spreads in Pita bread or spinach pies, or the downright decadent short rib meatballs with whipped goat cheese).

Entrees include a variety of dishes starring lamb, chicken, shrimp or salmon, along with the more exotic options of whole grilled Lavraki or Cretan spiced scallops. A market vegetable plate with an inspired risotto is also on the menu for those who prefer to limit their meat consumption.Greek Lamb Chops

Finish the meal with a delicious dessert – perfectly portioned Portokalopita (a sponge cake served with dark chocolate sorbet and hazelnut), a mild Greek yogurt sweetened with wild thyme honey and sprinkled with candied pecans, or a fresh, cold, seasonal fruit plate.

The atmosphere at Nerai is perfect for the corporate lunch. The vaulted ceilings give a sensation of extra space, and the ambience is busy enough that you can hold a conversation without standing out but not loud enough that you can’t hear each-other.

The next time your business meeting runs long or you need a place to meet, skip the bar and head to Nerai. It’s an excellent alternative for professionals looking for a suitable place to talk business – and you won’t get a better meal anywhere else.

Seaonal Greek Dining at Nerai

Are you ready for fine winter dining? Nerai has deliciously prepared and elegantly served dishes that provide a unique and sophisticated Greek dining experience.

From the starter menu, enjoy a healthy dose of protein from the following:

  • Ouzo cured salmon with beet tzatziki, candied orange peel and shaved fennel salad
  • Duck moussaka with roasted eggplant and potatoes
  • Grilled octopus with chickpeas and roasted peppers
  • Tuna tartare with potato kataife and tarama espuma

The entrée menu has more hearty dishes with plenty of protein to keep you warm through the cold winter months:

  • Lamb chops with baby potatoes and asparagus
  • Short rib youvetsi with tomato confit and piave vecchio orzo
  • New York strip loin with butternut squash, oyster mushrooms and mavrodafni jus
  • Duck baklava with beluga lentils, pistachios, chantarelles and fig jus

Winter is nearly upon us, so get ready with hot, delicious, meat-filled meals prepared in classic Greek fashion with a Mediterranean twist from Nerai. Our dinner menu is rich with Greek food to tempt any palate and our lunch menu is Prix Fixe for convenience.

Guests may also reserve a dining room for private events and parties.