Meli
Meli
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Meli

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.melinyc.com/
  • Phone: 2124816354
  • Hours of Operation:
    Kitchen Open: Monday - Thursday: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:30 am - 12:00 am; Sunday: closed.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Konstantinos Handakas; Nikolaos Stavrakakis
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Let us cater your next event on or off premises. You can choose amazing offerings off our menu - or we can create something spectacular with you!
  • Private Party Facilities: We would be honored to host your next memorable event at Meli. Leave all the details to our expert associates and let Meli impress your guests, whether it be a corporate affair or a celebration with family and friends.
  • Private Party Contact: Private Events Team 8669452972
  • Entertainment: Every Friday Live Greek Night with Katerina Topazi.
    Every Thursday Live International Night.
  • Special Events: We are more than happy - but also able and experienced to host your Special Events

Getting there

  • Cross Street: between Madison & 5th
  • Public Transit: 34th Street – Penn Station (IND Eighth Avenue Line); serving the A C E trains
    34th Street – Penn Station (IRT Broadway – Seventh Avenue Line); serving the 1 2 3 trains
    34th Street – Herald Square; serving the B D F M N Q R trains
    33rd Street (IRT Lexington Avenue Line); serving the 4 6 <6> trains
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: After 7:00 pm ample street parking throughout the area. Private Parking Garages near by...
A word from Meli
Traditional home style Greek cuisine elevated by classic technique and the finest quality ingredients available. MELI (Greek word for honey) represents a bridge between the must loved Greek classics and a more urbane sophisticated restaurant serving finely crafted Greek cuisine.

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Meli reviews from OpenTable diners
  • worth returning!
    KarenfromtheneighborhoodVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    I have been a number of times. The food is always terrific. Great service. It's a little loud if you need to have a quiet conversation, but beyond that, a great addition to our neighborhood
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Nice greek fare in Manhattan
    WeekenderVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    This used to be an italian restaurant and now it has elegant decor and fine greek food. I had a nicely done plaky (codfish) that had a tomato saffran sauce that was delicious. A red Nemean agioghitikos red wine paired the dinner. The blaklava dessert was delicious. The atmosphere was quiet. At the walls beatiful iluminated pictures of Greece such as Meteora, the Karyatidis of the Akropolis and some others. There was some modern greek music and later on was changed as I requested to amore traditional one.Thanks Our friends also loved the food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent seafood, exceptionally
    opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    Excellent seafood, exceptionally fresh and well-prepared. Our waiter was very friendly and knowledgeable; made good recommendations for both food and wine. Loved the decor with beautiful chandelier and photos of Greek coastline. Will definitely return and recommend to others.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great hospitality
    Ricky
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Great hospitality.One of our best dinning experience in NYC. It was a referral from our hotel, excellent choice and we tell to all our friends back home.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • .Such a beautiful restaurant.
    rita
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    We found this restaurant by chance and were delighted by our experience. The food was delicious and the presentation most attractive.Such a beautiful restaurant. Loved the decor, the service was excellent we shall definitely return. Price was moderate to expensive.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Excellent!
    Deana
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Server was very professional and the service and food was excellent!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious food in a serene space
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    The restaurant is nicely decorated. The photos are carefully selected and I like the juxtaposition of blue with black and white. The lighting however can be a little more subdued to accentuate the romantic feel of the place. The music was selected nicely. Having more music from classic singers such as Fragoulis and Alexiou would bring up the class of the restaurant. Food was very good, the pikilia spread was very delectable and all the flavors very unique and fresh tasting. The pita bread was whole wheat and in oil which is not as authentic but tasted good. The Fagri was fresh and amazingly cooked. Needed olive oil and lemon on top. The fig loukoumades were a little dry and doughy. Overall great experience and very good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only if I can 0 stars....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    By readings the opentable reviews we expected a great dinner but all we got was forgetful service, long wait times and no apologies for there blunders.. Don't believe the hype of there reviews , there staff is writing them because there food is below average. Service was rude and obnoxious. And to cap it off way overpriced.. Much much better greek restaurants out there.
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  • Andreas was GREAT!
    MikeEVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    While our experience started poorly (No waiter assigned to us), Andreas came to our rescue - it is not often that the restaurant Manager will pick up the slack when the place is busy! Food was terrific - Very Authentic and high quality. We chose to sit in the narrow section with TVs as the main room was 'high energy' aka loud. I suspect this was the reason we had an issue as there was not waiter assigned... EFKARISTO.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The place is amazing including
    SamuelDavid
    Dined on 7/31/2013
    The place is amazing including the decoration. It is very special for a romantic date. Service was great. Me and my partner left very happy. Thanks
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular gem. Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Spectacular gem. Excellent fresh fish. Warm hospitality and outstanding service. The table was exceptional, the fish outstanding and the service terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, hot spot
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  • Fish is exceptional..cooked
    marina1978
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    Fish is exceptional..cooked to perfection. They bring a big plate with various fishes to your table and they take their time to describe them to you. We chose the Fagri with several side dishes. They paired our dishes with a Crispy wine from Greece. It was a lovely dinner and we will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    Nice menu, nice choices for lunch, very good value on the wine. We feel like we were in Greece with all these amazing Greek islands pictures, wonderful memories of Greek Isle restaurants flooded into our mind. Truly tasty. Also great value for the lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Having eaten in many Greek
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    Having eaten in many Greek restaurants here and in Greece, I highly recommend Meli. My lamb chops were amazing & the Ekmek was sublime. The ambiance was wonderful,our Server Eduardo was great.Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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  • Very Happy Birthday celebration !
    Atahtosny
    Dined on 7/22/2013
    We found Meli by accident - the food here is really high end! .the octopus was perfect... The scallops kataifi were phenomenal.... I had a "Fagri" - a 3 lbs grilled whole fresh fish from Greece - it was amazing! My date - and birthday girl - had a whole 2,5 lbs lobster grilled with crabmeat stuffing.... It was the best we ever had! The desserts were all home made and the ex-mek (with a candle!) had a mastiha flavoring and was mouthwatering fresh... The Greek yogurt with the rose petal preserves was outrageous... So simple but so delish!... As to the wine - a well prepared wine list reasonably priced and paired well by the very knowledgeable staff - the maitre D' recommended one superb wine which was also reasonable priced!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    Gorgeous Decor, Appetizers were very good, Main Dishes were just OK, Music just OK and so loud that all conversation stopped. AC not working... Disappointing for a 2 hour drive into NYC to go out on a Friday night.... Expected more from such a beautiful restaurant.
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  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    I found this hidden gem through yelp and the rave reviews didn't stear me wrong. Nice decor and the food is always fresh. Service is always friendly and helpful. Portions are a good size and the prices are very reasonable considering the neighborhood. This was my second time there but it has already become a staple for me when I crave delicious Greek food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The cocktails were terrific
    Lisa
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    The cocktails were terrific but that was the highlight of the evening. This is a relatively new restaurant and is enormous. The service was terrible. The food was mediocre and the place was practically empty. We will not return.
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  • Beautiful interior-----Service
    davidVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    Beautiful interior-----Service seemed a bit slow, and one entree was not what was ordered, but the correct one was delivered quickly. Overall an excellent and welcomed addition to the Murray Hill neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good lunch
    MTCCVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    Enjoyed a business lunch at Meli. Had the octopus salad, very tender, but just a bit too salty for my taste. Overall very nice atmosphere and service.
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  • What a neighborhood gem! Fantastic
    mariapapa
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    What a neighborhood gem! Fantastic food and great service! The beef short ribs was so tender and delicious and my lamb chops were both generously sized and tasty. Great drinks,try Melitini!!!! We will definitely return - it's a great date spot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fantastic!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    A fantastic restaurant,spectacular gem. Excellent fresh fish. Warm hospitality and outstanding service. The table was exceptional, the fish outstanding and the service terrific. Special features:
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An absolute gem. I had my
    xristinaki1978
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    An absolute gem. I had my birthday dinner here. Warm, cozy, intimate atmosphere. Food is dead on. We ordered the grilled octopus, scallops. For the main course I had the special of the day whole black sea bass(!!!) and it was executed perfectly. The capers, lemon, olive oil drizzle made the dish light, simple, and delicate. I suggest pairing it with their sauvignon blanc. I also tried my friend's tiger shrimps(it was at the size of lobsters!!!!!) .SOOO good. All the dishes were not only healthy but hearty as well; a combination that is hard to comeby nowadays. Thank you Meli for having a great time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The staff and service were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    The staff and service were very good. The restaurant is pretty but the acoustics are terrible. The restaurant was not crowded and we could barely hear each other across the table. The food is very good especially the small plates. I wouldn't call the restaurant Greek as many items you would expect were missing from the menu. I would say the food is more Mediterranean
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The octopus is to die for.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    The octopus is to die for. We both loved it and the tuna tartar was a pleasure. Staff were friendly and service was great. My partner loved his cod fish. All in all it was a great night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AMAZING!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/18/2013
    Great spot! One of the best Greek restaurants I have ever went to! Highly recommended!
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  • This is the second time we
    Mandy
    Dined on 6/17/2013
    This is the second time we have been to Meli and it is a lovely restaurant. The ambiance is elegant and modern. You can actually have a conversation at your table without raising your voice. The food and service were both superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Meli is now one of my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Meli is now one of my favorite Greek restaurants in the city. The octopus appetizer was the best I've ever had, the lamp chops served with lemon potatoes was yummy and the grilled fish perfectly cooked. Our server was knowledgeable about the cuisine and the wine service handled by the manager was impressive. Everything was amazing.. P.S. Must try the melitini!!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too loud
    AverageJoe
    Dined on 6/12/2013
    Nice airy atmostphere but hard surfaces reflect so much noise that my guest and I could hardly hear each other. I asked them to turn down the music which helped ... a little. Food was nice.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Magic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/10/2013
    First time at Meli and they are great for preparing food in a simple and healthy way yet the taste is delicious! Everything is grilled their fishes meats and chicken. Their are fantastic. Their Greek yogurt for dessert is Wow!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • An awesome food. Very special,
    katerinaki12
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    An awesome food. Very special, unique and healthy. It is worth every penny. Enjoyed not only the food but a great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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  • off night?
    operafanVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Our first time -maybe an off night. The dining room is stunning, but twith just two large tables filled (the rest empty), the noise level was too high for us. We moved to the more casual area -- comfortable booths + silent showing of Zorba the Greek, + nice music. Scallops and octopus and spanikopita were excellent. The dorado was very small with little taste. Truffle mashed potatoes were so-so. I asked for lemon 3 times and never got it. My spanikopita was cold the first time and had to be reheated (they said they mixed it up with a special order). Bread and olive oil were bland. So it was a mixed bag. Slow service, very pricey. But the main dining room was spectacular, + most of the food was excellent, so might try it again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and Delicious
    GramercyAreaVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2013
    This is the second time I've come to Meli, and each time all members of the party enjoyed the meal very much. The atmosphere is comfortable and the food well prepared and served. We will come again and again.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greek delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    New spot - fabulous food Took a Greek friend who was very impressed!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    MargieFVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We live in the neighborhood and this was our first time at Meli. It's a beautiful space! Our waiter was very attentive and made the experience even better. The food was delicious and we never felt rushed.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Worth a trip to midtown
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    The only thing Meli has working against itself is the unfortunate location. Once you are there, you would never guess you are in midtown.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, Comfortable & Satisfying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/9/2013
    Outstanding space - very clean & simple, yet comfortable & elegant. The decor certainly recalls Greece. The food was very well prepared and unique. Saganaki, for example, is not set aflame tableside. Rather, it cut into thick sticks, cooked to a golden brown and splashed with honey. The scallop appetizer comes in a pretty nest of phylo dough sticks. I ordered a short rib dish served over a mushroom risotto, and I probably could have selected something better. The beef was tasty but the risotto was outstanding. My companions both ordered fish dishes that looked better than mine. Service did not keep pace with the decor or the food. Not bad, but definitely not the level of professionalism that Meli deserves. Would gladly return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice greek restaurant
    VasilyVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    Very good greek food - octopus and fish are must to take meals
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good on the express
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/1/2013
    Food was good on the express lunch menu as well as the regular. Interesting decor with good service. Felt welcome upon arrival witha warm hello etc.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We sort of stumbled on this
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    We sort of stumbled on this place and had very little information about it. We love Greek food and our expectations were pretty high. We loved it. The food was really good. Those in our party who had the Moussaka said it was the best they'd ever had. My pork chop was a bit overcooked, but the flavors were out of this world. The appetizers were outstanding. I would recommend the mixed Greek spreads with whole wheat pita. Service was incredibly good and friendly. We will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate