“Summer 16” Restaurant Pick: Chic Greek @ Nerai (Midtown East)

Ranked as one of the top 10 NYC restaurants and Kim Kardashian’s new favorite restaurant in Manhattan, Nerai is a modern, upscale and “non-tipping” Greek restaurant in the Midtown East neighborhood.

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From the moment you enter Nerai, you will immediately notice the beautiful décor and upscale ambiance of this cozy bi-level restaurant. To compliment the stunning décor, Nerai is filled with art exhibitions from young, up and coming artists of Greece hit by the crisis.

The main dining room, where I dinned, has a nautical feel and a casual spirit that make it perfect for business lunches, informal meetings, or meetings for cocktails at the bar.


Spearheaded by all-star Executive Chef, Chris Christou, (formerly of Per Se, Ai Fiori), Nerai’s Seafood based menu, in the best Greek tradition, offers the freshest seafood flown in daily — Lavraki from Greece, Mediterranean Dorado, Black Tiger shrimp from the Pacific, Live Langoustine from Scotland, Fagri from Greece and Live Lobster from Maine.


I had the opportunity to dine at Nerai for a casual weekend lunch and I truly enjoyed everything about this restaurant. The décor was breathtaking and the food was fantastic, fresh and healthy; highlighted by the Tuna Tartare and Lamb Chops. All of the food was exceptionally well-seasoned and the Greek flavors and Mediterranean influences make for a unique meal.

Nerai is definitely a “must try” for an upscale lunch and/or dinner this summer in NYC. As a foodie, who just so happens to be an attorney, I also recommend that you put Nerai on your short list of restaurants to host your next business lunch, dinner or event in Manhattan.

Check out some of the food I ordered at Nerai below:


Crispy calamari with red pepper marinara. (Perfectly fried, well-seasoned, chewy and fresh).


Yellow tail tuna tartare, tarama espuma and potato kataifi (This was a meal highlight.  The Yellow Tail tuna was extremely fresh and the potato kataifi added a wonderful texture contrast to the dish)


New zealand baby lamb chops with rosemary jus. (This was a meal highlight. The lamb chops were grilled perfectly, and cooked “medium” as ordered . The chops were tender, flavorful and juicy.) IMG_1347

Whole lavraki mediterranean sea bass, grilled with wilted greens. (Perfectly grilled and well-seasoned).


Shrimp santorini linguini with roasted red peppers & feta cheese


Kataifi ekmek mastiha custard with  honey / pistachios /cinnamon. (This was also a meal highlight. This was one of the best custards I’ve ever tasted).


Baklava with chopped nuts and honey


Orange filo-sponge cake with chocolate sorbet


Where: 55 East 54th Street, New York, NY

Cuisine: Upscale Greek

The Cost: Fine Dining, average $75 Per Person

Recommendations: Tuna Tartare, Lamb Chop (both pictured above)

Perfect for: Date Night, Business Lunch/Dinner

Lunch Menu Here

**Please note that my meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed  are 100% my own

Nerai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


Ash Renee

Ash Renee, is an NYC Real Estate/Business Lawyer, Consultant, and Blogger. A New York transplant for the last 10 years, Ash loves exploring the NYC restaurants, fashion, and the black professional social scene. Ash was born and raised in Chicago.

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