If you haven’t been to Nerai yet, making a reservation could be the best thing you do for your palate all year. Whether you already love modern Greek food or are a novice to the world of Mediterranean fare, you’ll quickly find that this restaurant is one of the most elegant places to dine, and sets one of the most sumptuous tables without a whiff of pretentiousness.
Executive Chef Chris Christou brought this New York based gem to the attention of New York Time’s “don’t miss” list almost immediately after it opened its doors in July of 2013. Reimagining the space in the old Oceana space on 54th street, Nerai features several well-appointed dining rooms, a fabulous meze bar and an impressive wine selection – and that’s before you even get to the main menu.
The variety available is possibly one of the most fascinating things about Nerai – while fresh caught, fish flown in from all over the world takes center stage, there is plenty of choice for the more traditional carnivore. Beef, lamb, chicken, duck and more are all available, with elegant sides such as the famed truffle fries or authentic Greek salads.
The meze bar features hearty portions on single plates, designed to be mixed and matched then shared amongst a group. Holidays provide chances for an elegant night out with Prix Fixe menus and specialty offerings prepared by Chef Christou, and there are even choices for children so families can dine together.
Sunday brunch is a delight, with everything from a special twist on Eggs Benedict to exciting yogurt and granola blends on the menu. Lunchtime features a whole different range of choices, and makes Nerai a favorite destination for a business lunch.
Nerai has been called “A New York City Greek restaurant that sets new levels for modern Hellenic cuisine.” The authentic dishes brightened with Mediterranean zest make this restaurant one you simply have to visit in 2016.