NAYA Mezze & Grill
NAYA Mezze & Grill

NAYA Mezze & Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.nayarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 2123197777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Lebanese
  • Executive Chef: Hady Kfoury
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: A dinner, a lunch, a quick-bite, a cocktail party or a banquet, for 10 or 300 people, for your home or company, our New Exclusive Catering Company, HOME MADE NAYA goes to you.
    Our services can range from simple gathering to the creation of a custom-made event. We can bring our exclusive cuisine to your doorstep, sending one of our chefs to prepare any of our delicacies. Anything you can imagine could happen with NAYA.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Dining
  • Private Party Contact: Henry Zakaria 2123197777x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 55th and 56th Streets
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, 6, N, R & Q trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue.
    E, M, & 6 Trains to Lexington Ave/51st - 53rd Streets
    M15 Select Bus Service to 57th/1st Avenue Northbound, 57th/2nd Avenue Southbound
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from NAYA Mezze & Grill
New York has never had a Lebanese restaurant like Naya...(The New York Times).

Welcome to NAYA, a modern Lebanese-Mediterranean Mezze and Grill serving traditional Lebanese fare in a contemporary setting. NAYA is a combination of pure tradition mixed with innovation.

Building upon the original techniques and recipes of older generations of Lebanese women, NAYA offers the same respected delicacies from mezze to salads to perfectly char-grilled and seasoned barbecue meats and fish.
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NAYA Mezze & Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
66 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (31)romantic (17)great for lunch (14)good for groups (8)hot spot (7)notable wine list (5)special occasion (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Great Middle Eastern
    HonestReviewer
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The Shawarma took me back to Lebanon. The flavor was authentic. The kibe naye was perfectly seasoned and the hummus with meat was the best I've tasted in a long time. If you seek Arabic food, this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I've been to this place many times and the food is always excellent. The last time I went they must have had a new hostess who couldn't work with online reservations - my boyfriend and I, along with at least 5 other frustrated couples had to wait more than 30 min, even though we had an Open Table reservation. The restaurant was full, but on Open Table it appeared wide open. Fix that problem, and its one of the best places for mediterranean food in town.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique ambiance, tasty hummus
    GatorDiningVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Went to dinner with my boyfriend. We started with the spicy hummus (it's not very spicy so don't worry if you don't do spicy) and the fried kibbe. Both were outstanding and nice size portions. For dinner my boyfriend had the kafka kabob and I had the chicken shish taouk. Both meats were well seasoned and JUICY! Portion was not generous, but also not small by any means. The sides of rice and veggies were a little scanty. The service throughout was informative and attentive…no complaints there. This is a nice date spot as the ambiance is rather cozy, modern, and sensual. Would highly recommend NAYA if you are looking for great Mediterranean food. GO GATORS!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall a good experience
    DCMnycVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    The food at Naya is consistently good. The ambiance is vibrant and the front tables for two almost seem like you're in a modern train car. Sadly our waiter took little interest in us. For example, had to be reminded by the hostess to take our order for drinks, dinner and dessert and didn't notice our dessert never came.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Lebanese
    Storymerchant
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Every Lebanese family cooks different from the others, but you feel right at home here because the ingredients and recipes taste home-made. Love the kibbeh nayeh and order it every time, and they bring it with chopped onions and pine nuts on the side. The Syrian bread looks, feels, and tastes like my grandmother's. What more can you ask?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not worth another visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The food was great; the service was less than stellar. I went with a group for lunch on a weekday. Though we were not in a rush, we didn't have time for a 2+ hour lunch. For example, the restuarant was far from full, yet it took almost a half and hour for our orders to be taken. I prefer to patronize places that value my time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mediocre, mediocre, mediocre
    HateMediocreRestaurants
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    All round the food was boring. The chicken meat was tasteless, the sauce was bland. The hommus was uninteresting--could have gotten much better hommus at the grocery store. The baba ganoush was reasonably tasty. My date ordered the only vegetarian entree (some wretched peas and carrots concoction) and set it aside after two bites. Really, this is the best you can do for vegetarians? The restaurant is stylish, the staff attentive, but when everything is said and done it should be all about the food. Hence, the 2 stars for the Overall category.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dave
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is fresh and delicious! The decor is very clean and modern. The staff is attentive and efficient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favorate for deliciously healty..
    lhasadatchiVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    A perfect evening at our regular eatery. Every visit is an opportunity to explore great food and wine. Looking forward to the next. The special is always good. Only wish they would offer a special, special on top of the daily.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Swanky Spot with Delicious Food
    SpectacularVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was very good and the whole experience was brought up another knotch by the friendly waitors.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good basic Lebanese food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Overall excellent. If you're looking for good Lebanese food it's here. Very nice service. Manager complimented us with two glasses of wine without asking. Bravo!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation made no difference
    NYCfoodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Even with a reps was put in the back room which ruined the ambience of the whole dining experience. Would rather of waited an extra 10 minutes then be cramped at a community table. Great food but not sure if I would sit in again based on this issue.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was dissapointed this time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I had eaten here before and the food was outstanding. This time however the food was underwhelming- hummos not seasoned correctly etc. The service was also barely acceptable. No salt or pepper on the table and when asked they only brought the salt. The staff was socializing in the restaurant. It is a small place so it really made a difference. I will try another Lebonese restaurant when in New York again.
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  • birthday dinner
    hues
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Had my birthday dinner here, and was happily surprised by the thoughtful touch of complimentary champagne served at the end of our meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Service from Hostess
    Foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had an 8:30 reservation and were seated at 8:55. They were "overbooked" and the hostess was not apologetic. She didn't offer we look at menus while we wait. Had she been nicer and smarter about it we would have had a much better experience they really need to train up the hostess she was struggling with keeping up with the flow of guests. A restaurant should know how to manage it's tables and not have people wait after making a reservation.
    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.
  • Forever special!
    PippiVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Not our first meal nor the last at Naya. We brought friends who loved the food and the design of the restaurant. Consistently excellent food and service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Authentic Lebanese!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    If you are looking for authentic, good-quality Lebanese food, this is the place! Service is quick and the wait staff are friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth the visit and plan to return
    kennetsqVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This uniquely-sized restaurant was a delight. The manager, Wilson, is enthusiastic and engaging. His enthusiasm for the restaurant is a joy to behold, as was the plentiful food. Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs but we stuffed ourselves anyway because the food was awesome. Loved the Arayass Lahme (toasted pita w/minced lamb), hummus with minced sirloin beef, spicy shrimp, and Batata Harra (spicy potato cubes). The mixed grill entree was a solid choice for sampling all of the proteins simultaneously. We look forward to returning with friends to try more menu items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently great food
    MicMak
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This is the second time I eat at Naya when I am in New York and want Lebanese food. I again found the food to be deliciously authentic. I will be back. Be careful: the deserts are large. too much for one person if you had a big meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great date night
    Revlisd
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Every time I come here I am surprised by the food. It gets better and better every time. The wine selection is nothing to write home about but the food is amazing. Two apps and one entree to share has been perfect for me and my girlfriend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    ifood
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food was amazing and the server was awesome. He was very welcoming and was helpful when recommending food selections.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good food. Service needs some improvement. Waiter was not attentive.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You'll go back again and again
    TasteMyWorldVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Best for a date or to catch up with a friend - most of the tables fit 2 or 4; they have a small back area for a bigger group. This place has great tapas, excellent quality food, appropriate pricing for what you get. We come back here again and again and we are never disappointed. The service is also excellent. Definitely try this place!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Meal
    pa13VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    For a first time at a lebanese restaurant, it was an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Great Middle-Eastern Fare
    philbey
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We were there for dinner. They gave us a complimentary starter of thin crackers with a dip, and olives, both spicy. We ordered a light dinner. We started with the spinach salad and taboule salad. Both were great, and big. One would have been enough. We then shared two appetizers for dinner: the Lebanese sausages, which were nicely spiced, and the duo of eggplant, which were very good, but more mildly tasting than the rest of the meal; probably wouldn't order that again. We finished with Lebanese ice cream, which was lighter than American ice cream and had an unusual texture – overall, really excellent. The decors is quite modern and comfortable and the wait staff attentive and friendly. With one glass of wine and tax, the bill was $51.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Middle Eastern Food
    HonestReviewer
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The shawarma took me back to the ones I enjoyed as a kid in Beirut. Food is delicious in a modern, clean setting. If you are seeking a Middle Eastern meal, this is the place to dine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    somebodyVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Would not recommend. The food does not measure up to Lebanese food.
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  • Fantastic every time
    Udesfood
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We live in Vermont and make it a point to eat here every time we come to NYC. This is genuine Lebanese food like my grandmother used to make, served in a friendly fashion. Come with a friend, order a bunch of mezze plates and share the goodness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • controlled insanity
    appleannie
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    When I arrived they said they didn't have my reservation. When I showed them my email confirmation, she politely offered me a table at a community style table. Walking toward the back, we passed my party which had already been seated. Then throughout the meal, servers and porters raced back and forth down their narrow corridor, barely missing each other and at least once not missing each other. At first we were rushed, later ignored.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 37 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 746 reviews are from the NAYA Mezze & Grill reviews archive.
  • Lebanese meal
    FerHel
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    It was the second time I have been at Naya Mezze & Grill . First, in a group of 12 people, a private work lunch, in wich we received a outstanding attention in a friendly atmosfere. Second, last sunday, when we had a very good brunch, tasting delicious dishes from Lebanese cuisine. Is a very clean and nice place, with a special service and good value for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mezze
    BoomerVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Really good hummus, baba, tabouli, etc. Better than most I have had at other places. casual, weeknight place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Lebanese Restaurant
    SFO2NYC
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We were visiting New York City from San Francisco when we found Naya by accident. It was next door to the apartment we rented. Naya caught our attention because of its unusual and attractive ambiance. It's a narrow, deep room with a very modern decor. The food is excellent Lebanese food. We had Lebanese wine as well, and a wonderful Lebanese dessert. But the most important feature for us was the outstanding, warm, friendly service. We had a most enjoyable evening at Naya.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gem
    caroleVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Great food and wonderful service. Will definitely go back soon
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Splendid
    DianaL
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I had a wonderful time dining here before attending an orchestra concert. The service was attentive and the place itself was a luxury. With such a small, narrow place, the architect was nicely done to make it seem as if the place was more spacious than it really is. The main course was such a pleasure to eat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing veggie-friendly food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Great place for vegetarians and vegans. Lots of options and great service! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They sort of forgot about us!
    HeyJen
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The food and drinks came out really quickly, everything was delicious. After we finished eating we decided to have dessert with coffee and tea. The dessert also came out quickly, but no tea or coffee. We looked for our waiter, but couldn't find him -- it was hard to tell if he was still there or had left for the night. We asked them to forget about our hot beverages and bring the check over. The check had our hot beverages included in the check; we were ready to pay but asked them to take off the beverages before charging our cards. We never saw the final check with the beverages taken off. I realize they might have been a nominal amount, on principal, I would have liked to see the final bill.
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  • pk41VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    We went there because of the photos shown on its web: quite neat and modern style of their decor. But we were disappointed : a very ordinary restaurant with ordinary food....
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NAYA great for meet-ups & foodies!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Loved this place -- great food and friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Lebanese Food Ever
    Stavrojabra
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Naya is the only Lebanese restaurant that rivals Lebanese home cooking in authenticity, freshness, flavor, and overall experience. The Kibbé naya (mainly raw beef) is a unique dish that should be requested ahead of time!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magia y sabor
    guscba67
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    noche especial, probamos tanto su comida como su amabilidad, todo a un excelente nivel, nos trataron como parientes que hace mucho no se ven. volveremos pronto
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.