Nerai is a beautiful upscale Greek restaurant in Midtown East set in a summery, glamorous room with thick nautical rope, leather banquet booths and beautiful “date-night” lighting. It also is a great option for an upscale winter escapist dinner to what one can imagine to be a “luxury yacht cruising the Cyclades” serving excellent fresh ingredients.
The cuisine is fancy Greek dishes with a modern twist, generous portion sizes and elegant execution and technique. Although heavily frequented by businessmen its perfect for an elegant date. Since greek food is very ingredient focussed, it also has numerous healthy and Paleo option as we tried here.
The service is thoughtful, elegant and efficient. Make sure to make a reservation ahead as the intimate room fills up quick.
– Spinach Pies
– Grilled Octopus
– Lamb Chops
The beautiful lit bar at Nerai
Nerai’s sophisticated dining room with luxurious white and aqua accents
Warm bread with kalamata olives and cheese
Greek Salad is deconstructed tomatoes, feta and cucumber which is simple and refreshing
Arugula salad with Goat Cheese, Hazelnut and Grapefruit Gelee is generous and tangy
Spinach Pies with Feta and Ouzo Yoghurt are warm bundles of joy with a very delicate pastry crust and rich and creamy spinach filled centre
Tender Grilled Octopus with Chickpeas, red pepper and red onions is a fabulous generous dish. The size and cost is somewhere closer to a main course and is great for sharing
Cretan Spiced Scallops with
sunchoke puree , mastiha fava mash, pastourma (cured meat) and shitake vinaigrette is a great composed seafood dish for winter with the earthy flavors.
Tender Lamb Chops with
baby potatoes, asparagus and rosemary jus is a excellent version of this classic dish
Heavenly light lavender mousse, with pineapple carpaccio, lavender honey and caramelized pecans was a real blast to the senses and a great way to finish the elegant meal
Teresa in winter whites by Anthropologie