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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: Monday-Friday 5:30 pm -11:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Seafood, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Carlos Carreto
  • 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.
  • 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 Carlos Carretos' 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 at 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was great and the food was delicious. My guest felt that the filet of sole was the best he ever had. I am still thinking about the lemonade!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We've been going to Molyvos since it opened. Food/service was always consistently outstanding for years. This was not the case during our last visit. Bread stale, appetizers & entrees served lukewarm instead of hot, whole fish had very fishy smell...as never before. Waiter gruff and rushed. The place appears to have become a tourist trap...less that mediocre food, robotic service. So disappointed! Sadly. we won't be going back."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This is a NYC classic. one of the most well-known Greek restaurants in Manhattan For good reason to. The service is attentive. The crowd is elegant; the place is grand and island feel, perfect date spot or a nice dinner. The octopus was outrageous, and the Jumbo shrimp sublime. Ended the meal with the best Bogatsa I’ve ever had and a cup of Greek coffee. Without a doubt, it's one of the best restaurants NYC has to offer."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My first visit, lunch with a friend visiting from Los Angeles. Terrific food and very professional waiter. Right across the street from my office, I can't wait to return."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Have eaten at Molyvos many times and can count on its great quality food and service. Shared ample and delicious three spreads and spanakopita for lunch with a friend pre City Center production and enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Used to like it a lot. Didn't understand why it was empty when we arrived. Understood when we left. Waiters are not doing their jobs. One who was idly gossiping with another two feet from me refused to answer a question about the menu. Food was overlooked and under seasoned. The well-reviewed Clay Pot lamb tasted like bad cholent. Was seeing a play so couldn't take comfort in the large oozo menu. Unless you can, find another Greek restaurant. There are many terrific ones."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "With all the tourists roaming about, it can be hard to find a nice place in Midtown. Molyvos leaves the city just outside and succeeds with friendly waiters, nice atmosphere and good food."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Dinner was good. The spinach pie was delicious and the Lavraki special was very good. I wasn't crazy about their baklava which is densely rolled into a cylinder but overall the evening was fine."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We dined here pre-theater and had selected this restaurant mostly for its cuisine and perfect location. But it far exceeded our expectations. Unlike many other theater-area restaurants, this one was not loud and rushed. Rather, it is a beautiful dining room with first-rate service staff who know their foods and wines and perfectly attended to our every need. All the dishes we tried were among the best. Fish is a real specialty here, and they are very direct on the menu about informing guests about their fresh fish offerings, including exactly where they were caught. We were even invited to view the whole fish on ice to see how fresh they were, and we could have picked the specific fish if we wanted to."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Nothing was a disappointment. I come here often and recommend it for its solid menu and service. I stayed over 2.5 hours with friends and was waited on the entire time with the same hospitality--no rushing us out after we'd eaten."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "We have dined at Molyvos a number of times, and the story is always the same. The food is always great, best upmarket greek food you will find. I have taken friends there and they always love the food. However, service is always mediocre for the price you are paying. At best the waiters are indifferent, at worst positively surly. When the restaurant is busy the service is also slow. It is such a shame as it is a beautiful space, centrally located with excellent food, but they really need to work on their service, to the point where I now rarely go there. My husband regularly entertains clients and they could get so much more business from him if they sorted this out."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Molyvos is a long time favorite. Since we do not get into town very often as we live in the southwest, it is special to reconnect. Lamb Shank falls off the bone and the entree size grilled octopus is wonderful."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This is the second time I and two good friends have celebrated a birthday here. The food is ok. For these prices, I would rather go to a French restaurant. My friend who had a nirthday loves tge food. The prawn dish I had was good. We had the same server we had last year. She is one of the best servers I have had. She has a way anout her that is low key, sincere, and terrific. She has short dark hair. look for her."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Great place, great food and awesome service!!!!!!!! We had an amazing time!!!!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The fish was wonderfully fresh. We enjoyed everything."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "It was good for a quiet business lunch., in a nice decor with good service. The menu was not appealing enough so we went for the fresh fish, but that was very pricey and cooked ok, but not tasty enough to bring raves. So all in all, nothing special, but nothing specific to complain about, just the price."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "An excellent spot for either pre theater or post theater meals due to excellent location in theater district, but more importantly the food is excellent and beautiful dining environment."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "authentic food and drinks, great bartender! nice ambience and acoustics too. very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "the Ouzo Flamed Haloumi cheese, while good, was three ridicullously small pieces... the stuffed cabbage was rather flavorless and was smothered in a yogurt sauce which did not provide for a nice presentation...it also was too small to be listed as an entree... should be featured as an appetizer"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have been here a few times before and it's been good but this time was even better. Four of us shared 3 appetizers Greek salad, octopus, and grilled eggplant. Two of us had the prawns with artichokes, one had chicken and the fourth had grilled striped bass. Everything was excellent. We just made it to "Cabaret" with not one moment to spare. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Very we'll served. Delicious food. Great service. Helpful staff."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Consistently good Greek food and congenial service for pre-concert/theater dining."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Food was good service good prices were fair for NYC"
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "For the high Price I paid, the amount food served was not appropriate especially on Easter Day. To get 2 thin slices of Fish size of sliced white bread was not appropriate. That turned my mood sour. I do not think I would want to come back"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Our overall experience was good. The service was excellent. The atmosphere very nice. The food was very expensive and while good, not great."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have eaten at Molyvos on several occasions. The food is always excellent, service is great! I cannot wait to go back again."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We shared a humus with the fabulous basket of pita they put on each table, then we both had the chefs special soft shell crab. Yes one crab on a mound of mushrooms and onions, beautifully cooked. The waiter was very helpful since we were not familiar with the vast majority of the all greek wine list. He found us a dry white from a french grape. A very pleasant dinner and lovely service."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I have been to Molyvos three times, the most recent visit last week. My memory of the food was outstanding from the first two visits almost ten years ago. However, this last visit, everything was mediocre and disappointing. The pasta was soggy and the seafood did not taste very fresh. It is an expensive restaurant, and one would expect higher quality food."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We eat frequently at Molyvos, and although we have our favorite dishes we also like to try menu items we've never had before. This is a place that has never disappointed us and always leaves us in a good mood on the way to the theater."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Second time at Molyvos and it was a great experience again. Great food, attentive and fast service (excellent for pre-show dinner). Location at 7th avenue and 55 is unbeatable since it is pretty close to all theaters. Not a cheap place but great value for the quality of food you get. Great selection of Greek wines by the bottle. Do you want only a glass? The wine selection of the day resulted in a great wine for a reasonable price (we tried both red and white and they were excellent). Please try the octopus. Amazing."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "Greek menu of course including wine. Fresh ingredients, carefully and expertly cooked. The kind of professional service one would expect."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Life abounds here through Greek food so lovingly prepared. I have been here on several occasions to try to work my way through every items on the menu. While there are many ways to start the meal why not start with fire...a saganaki ablaze and then drizzled with a lemon cream. Then begin your own food adventure. Each dish is an understated elegance of earth's bounty...amethyst eggplant and ruby tomatoes, potatoes and lemons and olives sensationally scented with thyme and dill and fennel and cinnamon. And you will leave euphoric, well-fed and waiting for the next time you can return to this food and its celebration of life!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I've been going to Molyvos for years - at least 8 - and I have yet to be disappointed with the food! Not one bad experience to tell of. Just recently I tried the Sunday brunch and it was fantastic! You can't get a better classic Greek salad anywhere, trust me. Some of my favorites are the trio of spreads/dips, Lahano dolmades, and meatballs. Sounds like the same thing you could sample at any Greek restaurant, but when I tell you I've been miserable eating these items elsewhere and no one else stacks up, I hope you take my word for it!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "excellent food and service. The new menu is better then the old. great restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Service was very attentive and respectful. The music was rather loud. We had the saganaki, the Cabbage Rolls, (entre) and the Grilled Eggplant (entrée). The wine selection by the glass (greek) was 10$. However the saganaki was very tiny and the butter/lemon sauce was not good. Expensive for food amount. The entrees were the same..fancy but little. We were still hungry. We made it up with the bread (pita bread toasted with olive oil)"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Had a very pleasant evening celebrating a birthday. Food, especially the fish, was very good and the service was extremely attentive."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Loved our evening at Molyvos. Everything was wonderful with the grilled octopus particularly noteworthy. Service was first rate. Look forward to a return visit."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent Greek cuisine, professionally served. Molyvos is one of the best options for a pre-theater meal before events at Carnegie Hall or at City Center."
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "The place is beautifully decorated and the hostess was very warm and welcoming. The service was good but not great. It took a while to be attended. The Greek salad was excellent. The sangria was very fruity. We had an enjoyable experience. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014