It’s not necessary to book a cruise halfway around the world to experience a taste of the Mediterranean. Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Nerai is the perfect blend of traditional Grecian fare and light, Mediterranean food served in a special oasis that is both elegant and eclectic.
Located at 54th Street and Madison Avenue, Nerai was recently ranked as one of Trip Advisor’s top 20 restaurants in New York City. Offering Lunch and dinner (and more recently, breakfast and brunch), the restaurant blends old world food with interesting modern twists.
The menu is always fresh, with new dishes added regularly, and old favorites drawing visitors back time and again. While seafood dishes are in the majority, there is plenty of hearty fare including short ribs, roast chicken, and more served up alongside fresh sides and traditional pita bread. The drink menu is varied and exciting, with delicate cocktails and a wine list that draws heavily from some of Greece’s finest vineyards.
The airy, multi-level space offers a variety of seating options; the dining rooms upstairs are both comfortable and upscale. One boast vaulted ceilings, whitewashed walls and a matching canopy, and accents of Mykonos blue; the other features pressed sea grass lit from below, dark wood, white-pillowed banquets and a white washed bamboo ceiling.
The main dining room revels in a nautical theme, and is full of New York’s elite, meeting for business lunches, friendly dinners, romantic dates and more. Executive Chef Chris Christou is hands on and involved, bringing his considerable talents and experience to bear on creating a menu and a presentation that is unmatched.
Can’t take time off for that European cruise this summer? Reserve plenty of fine dining at Nerai, for the Mediterranean feel right in New York.