This past Friday night, I went into NYC with my parents for a night of theater at Shakespeare (and Sondheim!) In The Park. Normally, we have the same small contingent of restaurants that we choose from, but my mother decided she was just sick of Italian food (we always go for Italian food…I guess Italians are just creatures of habit), and the Mexican place we’d frequented a few times before that was progressively becoming less and less satisfying. So, my dad let my mother take the reins to find us a new restaurant for us to eat at.
I randomly walked down to our kitchen, and my mother says she’s made reservations at this Greek restaurant on the Upper West Side, just two or so blocks from the theater, called Kefi. I love all things Mediterranean food, so I was down for it. My father, on the other hand:
“Greek food? What’s Greek food? We never have Greek food.”
His bewilderment aside, my family gathered at Kefi this past Friday. Our reservations were for 5pm, which was the opening time for dinner anyway, so upon our arrival it wasn’t too crowded. On sight, it has a very relaxing ambiance, and light airy atmosphere.
Now, I can’t speak to the rest of the meals at the table (although, all sides reported that their meals were amazing: my father had lamb shank, and a good friend of ours had the fingerling potatoes), but I can talk about mine. My mother and I each started with a simple Kefi salad. We were drawn to it as opposed to the Greek salad because the Kefi salad had fennel, which is not a very common salad ingredient, but it adds a really delightful crunch. I was blown away by the restaurant just by the salad, at first, but then the ravioli came to the table.
Oh baby, oh baby, then the ravioli came to the table.
My mother and I split an order of sheep’s milk ravioli, with sage and brown butter.
OH MY GOOD GOD.
This ravioli, just, totally melted in my mouth. Each bite was falling off the fork, with this subtle creaminess that was absolute heaven. There were these crispy onions on top that were a great contrast in texture. The flavors were very simple, but absolutely perfect.
And the price was right for this restaurant, too. My entree was only ten dollars, and it was a pretty decent amount of ravioli, too! It really was a lovely meal, and I even think my dad was impressed.
That being said, my dad complained about the price of the menu….but ordered the most expensive meal on the menu (lamb shank). BUT if you order food like a normal person, it is really reasonably priced. We’ve added this restaurant to our list of regular places! Highly recommended. A+