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Molyvos
Molyvos

Molyvos Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.molyvos.com
  • Phone: (212) 582-7500
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
    Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday-Tuesday 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Wednesday-Friday 5:30 pm -11:30pm and Saturday 5:00pm - 11:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Jim Botsacos
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Full off site catering menu available, please see our website for details.
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  • Private Party Facilities: As John Livanos describes, a Greek meal is best enjoyed in the company of family and friends. So, let your next gathering be a celebration of life here at Molyvos! Whether business or pleasure, sit-down or family-style, treat your guests to a banquet of Chef Jim Botsacos' exquisite Greek creations.
  • Private Party Contact: Kamal Kouiri/ Dimitri Catechis; events@molyvos.com (212) 582-7500
  • Special Events & Promotions: Molyvos is available for a complete restaurant buyout. please contact Kamal Kouri for details, events@molyvos.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 55th and 56th Streets
  • Public Transit: 7th Avenue (B, D, E Trains) 57th Street (N, R, Q Trains)
  • Parking: No
A word from Molyvos
A Livanos' family creation, Molyvos is the closest you can get to Greece in New York City. Critics agree that Molyvos serves perhaps the finest example of Greek cuisine in New York, and beyond. People from around the world have discovered that Molyvos serves the true foods and wines of Greece, along with a large dose of the country’s warm and lively spirit. Molyvos’ menu is built upon the home-style cooking of Greece using authentic recipes, classical cooking techniques and superior ingredients. The wine list, under the keen direction of Kamal Kouiri, is unique for its depth and breadth of excellent Greek labels and small producers from the Mediterranean whose wine deserves to be enjoyed. Molyvos also boasts a carefully selected Pre and Post-theatre menu that perfectly accompanies an evening of entertainment.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Diner Reviews
  • "There were 7 of us and they sat us at a round table in the corner which allowed us to talk easily. The octopus appetizer was fabulous as was the hummus and bread. We had several dishes, and they were all great. The arugula salad was excellent as was the spinach side. We had several fish specials which were delicious. I would definitely go back when I am in NYC again."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter meal -- despite heavy use, food excellent (octopus grilled + lamb shank for me) and service highly attentive"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Easter dinner at Molyvos was wonderful. From beginning to end, it was truly enjoyable. The salad was so delicious with just the right amount of dressing. One of my favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food was great but service was mediocre at best. We ordered spreads and when delivered I asked for pita bread. Three requests and 10-15 minutes later it showed up. In addition, one of our appetizers ordered was never delivered and had to be reordered. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "last time we were at Molyvos the service and food were terrific. this time"not so much"... bread is still served-but nothing to put on the bread-IF you want something you must BUY IT! hanger steak(my favorite) was not on the menu... and service was more geared to the large tables and not the tables for 2 "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We live in England and wanted a restaurant where we could meet for Sunday lunch with family members we hadn't seen in over 6 months. We were given a large round table, perfect for the seven of us to talk and share food. Having grown up on Greek food we were going to be particular. We loved everything we ordered and nothing was too much trouble - extra plates for sharing without asking, iced water top-ups, wine recommendation. Lunch lasted several hours, but at no point did we feel rushed by the staff to finish. We would definitely go to Molyvos again."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "I love the warm feel of this restaurant. Everyone very attentive and friendly. All the dishes are good, but I love the Greek Salad, best for me. Awesome drinks"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Had not been here for a while but lived up to my memory. Seafood and mezedes are particularly good. Gilled octopus appetizer is a must! My out of town friends raved about their meals as well..."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Not cheap, but a good value."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We can no longer recommended Molyvos for midtown Greek. Over the years we've had very good and then so-so experiences at Molyvos. It shouldn't be so hit or miss. On this, our most recent visit, we were there for two special occasions: our anniversary and the birthday of a friend. We included that information in our Open Table reservation, but our server didn't acknowledge it. We also indicated that we had arranged a 6:00pm dinner because we had tickets for an 8pm concert. The service was poor and inattentive, the food wasn't as good as in the past, and we had to ask busboys multiple times to get our waiter. We had chosen Molyvos for a special occasion and we left frustrated and disappointed."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "I absolutely loved every second of every meal we had. We had the trio of dipping sauces you can choose from the list...It was served with warm fresh pita chips, we then had a greek salad with kamata tomatoes which were divine! Then we had some fried cheese flambéed in Ouzo! And as a main dish we had a 2lb Branzino grilled with a delicious lemon olive oil dressing that was superb. And last but absolutely not least and most memorable was their Apple crisp dessert which was wrapped in a warm fresh and flakey phyllo dough and topped with cinnamon gelato drizzled with caramel, I cannot stop thinking about that dessert...it was TDF!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We were in NYC with my daughter and son-in-law looking for a place not too far from Lincoln Center and found this restaurant on line. We could not have been more pleased! Each of our meals was superb. The menu had a wide variety for all tastes and needs. We shared 3 appetizers and then I had the lamb chops that were cooked to perfection and accompanied be an eggplant dish and an almond-potato croquette. Delicious! All portions were generous. Our waitress was lovely and attentive, the atmosphere quiet and pleasant, and the meal was unrushed. Oh and the chocolate torte orange torte a perfect ending for an outstanding meal. Excellent experience all the way around. A real find!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We found Molyvos online without a recommendation. Loved the menu and it was close to the Winter Garden, so we thought we would give it a try. Our waitress was amazing! She was super nice and so knowledgeable. She explained a few dishes to us, gave honest recommendations and knew exactly what Greek wine to bring me based other types of red varieties I like. Dinner service was fast, but we never felt rushed. The food was outstanding. My only complaint was that the baklava was not very good. But it didn't matter since everything else I ate was absolutely fantastic."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The waiters know their Greek wine, and I suggest you take their advice."
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "Molyvos is always our choice -- classic Greek food, very well prepared. The grilled octopus appetizer is where we always start, and then fish, lamb, rabbit, dolmades,... greek yogurt with herbs and honey, greek coffee just as it should be, We have never had a bad or even indifferent dish. And they take excellent care of your special needs --- whether it is getting to the concert on time or eating gluten free. The best of the Livanos' offerings, by our lights."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "So glad to have found this. You step through the door and you are transported a vast space beautifully appointed and well run. The service was terrific and the food beyond amazing. The prices were incredible for the food that you got. when they say small plate it really is, so that's, nice quality not quantity! the main courses were the perfect size as well. We will go back!!!!!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Wonderful food, service, ambiance.................the Moussaka, Spanokoptia, Katapolo were particularly outstanding,as was the Greek Salad. This is one of our favorite restaurants in Mid-town Manhattan."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "we have been to brunch here before, but it seems like the food this time was not very good, overly salted, bread basket not as good, maybe it was an off day."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The best selection of Greek wines, probably anywhere."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We were seated right next to a "large" number of teachers (at least 10-12 tables) ...they were having a meeting/dinner...?!?! Several speeches were made a loud voices!! A group like that should have it's own private room....we were separted by only a "thick curtain"....We had to listen to the speeches....NOT a pleasant dinning experience that night...!?!? It's a good thing that we've been dining at this restaurant for years and will probably continue to due so....the food is still very nice!?!?"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "My Encore's buddy and I now have a new favorite restaurant near City Center. Each of us enjoyed our pre-theater experience at Molyvos and are making plans to return when we don't have to rush to the theater."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Very good food, beautiful setting, attentive servers although a little pricey for what it is."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Molyvos has a new chef, and while it's immediately obvious in the plates, traditionalists have no need to fear. Many of the classic Greek dishes are still available, and still excellent; some have been reimagined and are also excellent. A great place to investigate Greek wines and spirits.The pre- and post-theater dinner option is still a great value and a good option when attending a concert at Carnegie Hall. Only negative to me: turn down the music, please; we want to chat with our dinner companions."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Our service was attentive, but not intrusive. And the atmosphere was clean, bright, upbeat, with a touch of elegance. The food, however, was a bit mediocre. The stuffed cabbage was too wet, while the suggested entree of prawns with artichokes was bland and textureless."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The food does not disappoint. The wine choice for the meal fit nicely, and the service was impeccable. However the restaurant now packs seats tightly and the comfort of the olden days is gone."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "pre fix before theater was delicious, well priced and timelY!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We go to Molyvos every year we are in town for the opera. This year, the service at Molyvos was outstanding!!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "expected a touristy experience but discovered solid greek food in a pleasant setting"
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was a good restaurant to enjoy some quiet time and dine in some elegance. The food was very tasty and extremely fresh - everything was cooked from scratch. I would definitely recommend this restaurant/"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We went after a show on a Tuesday evening. We shared some appetizer plates. Good Greek cuisine overall excepth fpr the grilled octopus that was excellent. Both tender and flavourful. They also recommended an excellent Greek red to accompany our food. We will definitely will return on a subsequent trip to New York"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Molyvos has been a favorite for many years but since I moved from NY I haven't dined there for a while. I had the pleasure of lunching there recently and am happy to report that it is a good as ever and perhaps, better. First, the décor has been upgraded and the ambiance has markedly improved. I like the fact that tables are not on top of each other so that one can have a civilized conversation. The food is excellent and the lunch options have expanded to include some very tasty all veg dishes as well as the standards. We had the lamb pastisis, octopus salad, and lentil salad all of which were well prepared. I recommend Molyvos as a great choice for lunch while in midtown."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Always amazing every time my girlfriend and I go there. service is simply amazing. food to die for"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food and wines were well worth the price. The lamb shank was beyond tender. Would definitely come back."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My husband and I have not been to Molyvos for a few years but always remembered it fondly for the great food and service. We went this past Saturday night March 15th 2014 before going to Carnegie Hall for a concert and also because we were celebrating my husbands 60th birthday. When we got there and they showed us to our seat, the seat was unsatisfactory due being on top of a table of 8 people so we asked for another table. We told them where we would prefer to sit but they told us it was reserved, though there was no reserved sign on table. the service was slow, the restaurant noisy and we had to ask 4 different people for more bread! The food was OK certainly not worth the huge check and we are not inclinded to go back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "As a frequent theater goer, I'm often stumped for where to eat before or after a show. Wanting to avoid the theater district touristy restaurants, we tried molyvos and were very pleased. We got there after hitting traffic and had very little time for dinner, as we had a show starting at 8:00. They got us our dinner expediently, and it was delicious. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Crowded - even at 6pm. Food was great, but the service was brisk and we barely finished one course when the next was right up. We felt rushed. Probably won't go back, although it might be better on a second try."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "This was not my first visit to Molyvos. Overall, it was not as good as experienced on previous visits. Informed the maître d who completely ignored the issue."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "We tried several restaurants in this area in NY and price range, and this was the best for food, menu choices, service, and atmosphere. A pleasure to be there."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Best Greek food in the city!!! Always enjoy the food along with the service!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "gazing at the antique amphoras on the shelf.....eating the grilled chicken.....i felt as if i were in greece! service...impeccable......even though there was a lunchtime crowd! anything......i needed was brought immediately.....would definitely go again!"
    Dined on 3/12/2014