Ethos Taverna
Ethos Taverna

Ethos Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ethostaverna.com/
  • Phone: (212) 252-1972
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Executive Chef: Peter Spiropoulos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 33rd and 34th Streets
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Ethos Taverna
Many say that this is Manhattan's finest casual Greek restaurant and its peers consider it one of the best restaurants in the area. A warm, romantic setting awaits you while a dazzling display of fresh fish on ice flown in daily from all over the world entices you. Energetic, polite wait staff provides impeccable service...you'll feel part of the family. Nice wine list with an emphasis on Greece. Lunch is served daily Monday through Friday and dinner is served seven days a week.
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Ethos Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)fit for foodies (11)great for lunch (6)special occasion (5)romantic (5)good for groups (3)great for outdoor dining (3)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Good Food and Service
    LoveditVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Wait staff is very attentive and accommodating. Had the whole Branzini with a small Greek Salad ... all was very good. Fresh fish cooked in a very tasty way.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, small portions
    Jaemli
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    While the food and service were very good, I cannot rate Ethos higher than good due to very small portion size. I ordered a shrimp entree that came with only 4 medium size shrimp. For $25 this felt very cheap - it was more like a rice entree with a few shrimp for garnish. The dish was very tasty but I was still hungry after eating at Ethos. I do think though that the free desserts at the end of the meal was a very nice touch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and Incredible Service
    Ally4VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    I've visited Ethos before, but I must say this was my best experience yet. I recently was diagnosed with certain food allergies and they went out of their way to ensure my order met my needs. The calamari, shrimp and octopus appetizer is a must! We also loved the moussaka, chicken souvlaki and Bronzino. The complimentary dessert at the end was also a very nice touch. We will definitely be returning again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but noisy!
    luvgoodfoodVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I live in Murray Hill and have traveled to Greece many times. The food and service are noteworthy but the noise level is beyond "energetic, " a fact which keeps me from visiting Ethos more frequently. On recent visit my guest had moussaka and I enjoyed the chicken in clay pot which was such a generous portion that I left with a "doggie bag." The service is friendly and professional. We were pleasantly surprised by the complimentary dessert! I plan to try the other locations.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Impressive
    kwogni
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Ethos Taverna was on our hotel's list of recommended restaurants in the neighborhood. Simply said, it delivered!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • showgalVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We are never disappointed with Ethos. Fish is consistently good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek Food
    TWolfe
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This restaurant has amazing Greek food. From the pita to the complimentary dessert, the food was impeccable and the service gracious and sublime.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Greek Food
    FrequentDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is one of my favorite Greek restaurants. Love the decor and atmosphere. Very tasty food! The only thing was servers kept forgotting to fill up our water glasses and had to ask for water about 4 times, but all in all I do love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • what a find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    my daughter just moved into the neighborhood and we were looking to find dinner nearby. we found ethos on opentable. we enjoy seafood and often eat at Greek restaurants near our home. we were seated immediately and our waiter, Caza, came right over. he was great and very knowledgeable. he recommended a Greek wine and was spot on. he made some recommendations which we followed and when we ordered, he remembered every detail of the order without writing it down. the appetizers were delicious! we ordered fish and vegetarian dishes for our main courses. the branzino was boned well and very moist. the tomatoes in the greek salad were full of flavor and the imam wonderful! I am thrilled that my daughter moved around the corner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 22 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 31, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 543 reviews are from the Ethos Taverna reviews archive.
  • Neighborhood Greek
    dharmabard
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    If you want a unpretentious touch of Greece in Murray Hill, this is the place. The food is classic Greek home cooking in American size portions.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Greek Food!
    kariotaki
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Coming from out of town and being able to use open table to find a good place to eat was a real treat! The only problem was where they sat us; too crowded, one of our party kept getting bumped.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy yum yum
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Every single dish we ordered was delicious. From the spanikopita to the chicken in a clay pot. Will go back again and again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Satisfying
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    This was my third time here and I was still impressed with the food. My friend and I ordered beet salad, charcoal grilled octopus, baked lamb shank and grill Bronzini. Everything was very flavorful and cooked perfectly. The service was rather slow, though. It took a while before the waiter came to take our order and to give us our bill. Dessert is always complimentary here. This time they served us a warm pastry stuffed with semolina custard and it was also very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad lamb
    GreekFoodie
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Been eating Greek food my whole life. Had the ground lamb and Greek salad. The lamb must hv bn old or bad. Was disguised w so much garlic. & herbs (which I usually love). We Googled correct location for the one on 905 1st St but Google gave directions for this one. Diners beware! 905 1st St is THE one for great Greek food, ambiance and service.
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  • The best soup in the world!!!!!!!!!
    Koukla
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    The best soup in the world!!!!!!!!!!! Food is fantastic. I go out of my way to get there and I will keep coming back!!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner with friends
    lopo
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    I picked this placed because it was in a central location for us all and the reviews were good. Overall we really had a nice experience at Ethos. We were in a booth which felt very private and the service was prompt. We had a lot of catching up to do and we had a great time while sipping delicious wine, sharing appetizers and enjoying our meals. We all left feeling full and satisfied. The food was fresh and they even brought out a free dessert after dinner. Would definitely recommend for anyone looking to eat Greek food in the city.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service was a little slow,
    suzeVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    service was a little slow, and volume was very loud, hard to hear your conversations
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Another Great Experience
    Ally4VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    I absolutely love the food at Ethos. The quality is great and everything tastes really good. This location is also consistently clean. I will definitely keep going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    RetiredGuyVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    Went early for lunch and we were the first ones there before the normal lunch crowd arrived so it goes without saying that it was quiet and we had great service. They had a "fixed menu" as well as à la carte. We had the fixed price menu which included an appetizer AND a salad, a main course and their delicious warm Greek dessert pastry. As an appetizer you can choose three of the dips out of six or spinach pie. We ordered both. The hummus, eggplant and Tzatziki and pita were delicious as well as the spinach pie which had crisp phyllo crust and tasty filling. We both had very generous greek salads. For main courses we had whole Bronzino and grilled salmon. The salmon and whole fish were both excellent and a bargain as well.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noise level can be very high.
    showgalVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Noise level can be very high. Best to dine early before crowds come. Otherwise dining experience would be very good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Visit!
    Ally4VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    I absolutely love this restaurant. Everything you order here is outstanding. The octopus is seriously the best I've ever had. I also love the chicken with orzo in a clay pot. The dessert at the end of the meal is also a nice touch. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent fresh food
    bobfVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Very fresh fish. Well cooked. Only issue was it was very hot inside because they open up the whole front to street dining. This can be difficult during the heatwave that we are now experiencing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A favorite Greek place!
    KidteacherVIP
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    We love Ethos Taverna because whenever we eat there, we can count on having a delicious and nicely served dinner. The wait staff are all friendly and the food is exceptionally good. So enjoyable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Take a Dip - or Two
    Anonymom
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    Everything is good at this lovely Greek restaurant. I love it for lunch, when it's relatively quiet. If you are a tarama freak, theirs is particularly good, with the warm pita they bring right from the oven. Salads, kebabs, fish, anything with feta - all fresh and yum and affordable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really nice staff- let us
    NYCFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Really nice staff- let us sit for hours. Good food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have eaten here on at least
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    We have eaten here on at least 10 occasions. The food is fresh, the food is delicious, the service is excellent, and the value is fabulous. A great neighborhood restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • bad experience
    showgalVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    The moussaka was the worst I ever had. 1/2 inch of meat and 2 inches of white stuff with some potato. The menu says it is served in a crock pot, this was served on a plate. If you go - stick with the simple fish dishes.
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  • Pretty setting, good food.
    mckbevVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2013
    We were pleased to find this little treasure tucked in the neighborhood. Dips were lovely, the Ethos salad is a meal alone, but the main courses were a little disappointing. Some of the offerings on the mixed seafood skewer could have been fresher, and the jumbo shrimp were very obviously frozen. But stick with the appetizers and you will have a great (and healthy) meal.Service was friendly and quick and overall it was a nice experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite Restaurant
    EllenVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2013
    If you like fresh fish, this the restaurant for you. I've been going here for years, and the food is consistently wonderful. The restaurant is casual and very comfortable and you're never rushed. And the complimentary dessert is delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great!
    KidteacherVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    We always enjoy our dinners at Ethos. Not only is the food fresh and delicious, the serving staff are so pleasant and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek is Good
    FTCNYCVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2013
    Perfect for nice meal - best wellpriced Greek meal in midtown. Admittedly I've had meats before that were sometimes dry (they dont marinate or perhaps too many Americans ask for medium lamb?) but they cook fish well and you can select it yourself. Waiters authentic Greeks so some lovely language problems that add to the meal - great place to have in the neighborhood. When its warm and the front windows are open its fantastic. They never seem to honor open table special requests for booths though (although I often make reservations the day before or of when here)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • GREAT FOOD & SERVICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    GREAT FOOD AND SERVICE, WINE LIST COULD BE IMPROVED
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • It was an epic meal
    lgueatsVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    I have been there many times over the years and Ethos never fails to serve a great meal. This particular evening was even better than most as I was dining with an old friend and we lingered for several hours after the meal... we had another bottle of wine and talked and lingered some more... No one bothered us, no one rushed us to surrender our table... it was an epic meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    The food here is great if you love greek food. Big portions and lots of hearty meals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True taste of Greece
    mnemcik
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    The food was delicious and was true to authentic flavors I have had in Greece... I would highly recommend any of their fish options, fresh and beautifully prepared, love the Bronzino and tsipoura full fish. kalamari and pikilia appetizers were also very good and the baklava Also the staff was friendly and attentive. will definitely be coming back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good but a bit overpriced.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Food was good but a bit overpriced. Service was unorganized.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A-Ok meze
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Nowhere as good Ethos 51 gallery, despite similar menu. Service is fine, restaurant is good. Ordered meze here which were good, such as octopus, squid, shrimp, melitzanosalata, tzatziki, fried zucchini and eggplant but not quite as good as Ethos 51 which did those dishes near perfectly, particularly the octopus. The melitzanosalata and other dips were quite good. One major con is that it's a "taverna" yet they do not serve real bread, only pita wedges and some gross rolls which kills the authenticity of a greek restaurant and makes a poor accompaniment to the food.
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  • Enjoyed our meal there. Service
    JinHPVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Enjoyed our meal there. Service was very good and attentive. Bronzini fish was light and flavorful. Can't really fault them on anything. The area around the restaurant was bustling with people going in and out of bars. Ethos was a nice escape from the commotion outside.
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  • Overall a good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Overall a good experience. Dined there over the past 7 or 8 years many times. Wait Staff is never very knowledgeable . But, food is very good. Lamb shank is excellent . Authentic Greek dishes are well prepared. Complimentary desert is a nice touch . We will be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were there quite early
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    We were there quite early so it was relatively empty. Then the crowd built slowly, but it still didn't get too noisey. Everything we ordered was delicious! I cannot wait to go back. And what else can I say, but COMPLIMENTARY DESSERT?!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate