Fancy NYC restaurant Avra to bring its authentic Greek cuisine to Dallas at The Crescent

Avra, a well-regarded Greek restaurant with five locations in New York City, Miami and Beverly Hills, plans to open its sixth branch at The Crescent in Uptown Dallas by the end of the year. The restaurant will occupy a 14,000-square-foot area on the first level of the mixed-use development, which is known for its upscale dining and retail shops.

Avra offers authentic Greek cuisine that is simple, fresh, and flavorful. The menu typically features a variety of grilled fish, salads, dips, and mezes made with high-quality ingredients and olive oil from the co-founder’s family farm in Greece. The restaurants’ wine lists showcases the diversity and richness of Greek wines.

The co-founder of Avra, Nick Tsoulos, said the restaurant’s recipes are inspired by his childhood memories of growing up in the coastal village of Nafpaktos, where he learned to appreciate the simplicity and beauty of Greek food.

Avra’s expansion to Dallas is expected to revitalize a significant retail space at The Crescent. The restaurant plans to spend an estimated $7 million on the renovation project, which will include an entrance vestibule, enclosed dining pavilions, and open-air patios. (That seems like a lot of money, but restaurant construction experts say $500 a square foot is not a lot for a restaurant of this caliber or at this location.)

The Dallas Express was the first to report the news.

Avra will join other popular dining establishments at The Crescent such as The Capital Grille, Ascension Coffee, and Sixty Vines. Before settling on the Crescent, Avra had been negotiating for the Uptown space that will now become Catch.