Excellent as always! It is
Excellent as always! It is always a pleasure to introduce friends to Naya and watch their faces light up as they taste the delicious food. Perhaps they too will become regulars.....
4/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
I never write a review but
I never write a review but this food was great I had to write it. Only thing wasn't good was the service I had to wait along time to for my check but I will still go back there.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Amazing Middle Eastern
This is some of the best Middle Eastern food I have ever had. This is a small restaurant built into a unique space which is so much fun by itself. The food is incredibly fresh, unique and tasty. The quality in every dish was evident. We were a party of five and ordered about fifteen different dishes and they were all fantastic. This is a place I will be coming back to.
4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food is very good, will return
Food is very good, will return again for Acura unfortunately it is only on Monday our lovely waiter said
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
White clean fresh, designer
White clean fresh, designer did a very good job in a very tiny place
Rice with pasta something new for me but it is out of this world, our server was always smiling and very attentive, he is very confident and he said I know that you are coming back.
Well, his sweet smile IS bringing me back to naya. Xo
4/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had dinner with my family
Had dinner with my family and everyone had a good time and found something to eat, even the lactose intolerant vegetarian
4/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Tiny tables for two flow with little lights ..fresh tastes food..intimate
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place is a gem. Authentic
This place is a gem. Authentic Lebonese food, fresh, healthy and delicious. Great value. Was my first time on a recommendation from friends that have been going at least once a week since they opened...I plan on becoming a regular too!
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
great authentic lebanese fare
I rarely had a good lebanese or middle eastern meal outside of lebanon in a nice setting. naya's design is a bit too sleek, food and service met my expectation. highly recommended
5/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Naya is a staple on east side
I am regular at the Express version of Naya which is a great fast casual middle eastern cafeteria. I took my hubby to check their upper scale spot few blocks away, and I was very much suprised. order lot of mezzes and some wines from the bekaa!
5/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our first experience at Naya.
It was quite nice.
My friend I went with is from Jordan. She was very pleased with the authenticity of your cuisine. And we both enjoyed the great flavors of it. :)
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I really can't say enough about this place. It was delicious all around and very fairly priced. There was nothing we ordered that we did not like. The restaurant interior is very modern and they did a great job of utilizing the small space. Highly recommended! Will surely go again.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always wonderful Lebanese food
We take our friends there to introduce them to Lebanese food and they are always delighted with the cuisine, atmosphere, and service. The servers have become our friends. The food is always fresh, especially the appetizers and the chicken and mixed grill kebabs that are a favorite. We always look forward to going to our home away from home (kitchen).
5/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
The best restaurant in NYC
The food and the staff is outstanding. We had such a great meal.
Thank you Henry and the team for great service.
Only one thing, please close the doors so the AC could work perfectly
An the noise of the cars and the buses were desturbing.
5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just great all around
There are not many Lebanese restaurants in the midtown Eastside area so it was good to find this one and food was just brilliant!
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
NAYA - a Mediterranean treat
This small but cosy place has a nice row of booths in the front and a larger room at the back. Neatly designed décor. coup[led with good service and very tasty food calls for one to come back to. There are small dishes and larger ones all of which are very nicely prepared and presented. Many of them are healthy or vegetarian but there are also some meaty ones. This place is a very nice dining experience.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great spot for a quick, informal business lunch. Great staff, excellent food, and overall perfect service. Food order taken without a fuss, served up quickly and hot. Bill produced with no fuss either.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I love coming to Naya and taking new friends here. The mezzes are great to share and introduce a newbie to Lebanese food. One small request to the restaurant management--please keep the front closed. If you are sitting in one of the front tables you are getting a lot of noise, heat, and congestion from the street. It ruins a wonderful ambience and makes the table to hot in the heat.
6/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
well prepared Lebanese food
well prepared Lebanese food at very reasonable prices, good casual restaurant
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good choice for gluten-free
The food at NAYA is outstanding. It's a very easy menu to choose from if you eat gluten-free. All the vegetarian dishes we ordered we were well-prepared and very tasty. We especially enjoyed the lima beans and lentils. A keeper!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice to find good and affordable
Nice to find good and affordable middle eastern cuisine in midtown. Service very thoughtful.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good appetizers. Many kabobs and some fish. Nice menu.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
very delicious middle eastern food.
and the waiter kept us from over ordering which was nice too.
sparkling white and modern and very comfortable.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food like grandma's
If you want authentic Lebanese cuisine, you'll find it at Naya! It is the closest I've found to replicating the dishes my grandmother used to make. Everything on the menu is delicious!! The portions are generous. The staff is welcoming and friendly no matter how busy. We've taken friends who want to go back for more.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Must Place for Foodies.
Great place for special occasion. Presentation, taste and authenticity of every food item was on the spot except (olives, which was complimentary) didn't taste fresh, it actually taste a bit old. If you are going on a date make sure you ask to be sit in the back. We sat not close to the front door but close enough that it was hard to have a conversation, specially with restaurant noise mixed with outside noise. The service is also so so. Our waiter was taking care of all the front side of the tables which when we were there was 6 set of tables (including us,) so he really couldn't pay attention to us. On the good note the place has very modern, cute with touch of middle east vibe to it. The interior hits all the mark with the music.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Truly Excellent Dining Experience
Naya is not only uniquely designed(minimalist but cozy) but has the best Lebanese food in New York. We are
Middle Eastern food afficionados and this is a real find! In spite of being a relatively narrow space, it never felt cramped
or noisy--even though every table was filled. At night the white banquettes and candlelight, give the place a beautiful glow and
the diners of all ages look very content. Clearly this is a "return" place and does not just cater to "one and only timers". We will return
for sure. The waitstaff is efficient and friendly and one could make a meal out of the superb mezes. But do not miss
out on the main courses (we had the special of the day which was delicious short ribs with stuffed grape leaves!).
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Best Lebanese Food in NYC
Our friends had never had Lebanese food before, and now they are hooked! Naya never disappoints!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
The restaurant is stunning and the food lives up to the decor. Great service, friendly staff I will certainly return for another dinning experience.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
AMAZING! What a wonderful
AMAZING! What a wonderful find. Everyone who tries this GEM will have to brag about it to all their friends. Server #06 was the BOMB! I should have remembered his name, but I don't. My fault, not his: he was on point and soooo helpful. Will definitely return here when I visit NYC again. Thanks
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Prix Fixe Lunch
Went for a celebratory lunch with colleagues. The food was good the atmoshere very cool. The restaurant is a bit narrow making it somewhat claustrophic. The floor was slippery and I nearly fell. Once I got settled, everything was good. The prix fixe lunch gives you a chance to taste the many delicious salads they serve
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
a friend and I met for lunch. The restaurant was fairly empty and as such the service was super!!! The personal attention by the waiter, his jolly mood and his honest interest and care in of we liked the food, was honest and appreciative. The food was great. We just had a lot of mezze plates. All fresh and tasty.
I will go back and would recommend it to friends.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a Lebanese cusine restaurant. The appetizers are very tasty, pita bread come warm to the table. The house wine is actually good. I usually get the beef kebab that comes with vermicelli mixed in. Very tasty. Friendly and attentive staff.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I've been here several times. The food is always good and the portions are generous. The service is great; everyone is very friendly and easy to talk to. The decor is pretty unique and the booths are really cute and fun. It's great for a date night out or just hanging with friends. Definitely recommend!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
New find - Lebanese wine & mezze
I had a great meal with my friend the other night. We were in the mood for something different, and NAYA delivered. The Lebanese wine list was really interesting and unusual for this area, so it was fun to try something different. We had a bottle of the Blanc de Blanc, and it was perfectly crisp and satisfying. The food was great too. We tried 4 different mezze dishes and shared: our favorites were the spicy hummus, seared halloumi cheese, and the grilled minced beef with spicy yogurt sauce. Everything was very light and fresh, and I think we'll definitely be going back there in the future for girls' night dinners.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome and delicious!
It was our first time trying this restaurant. It is wonderful, awesome and delicious! It is small, but very nice - definitely recommend reservations!! Wish they had a downtown location...
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Got a really amazing living
Got a really amazing living social deal for $45 including 2 apps, 2 entrees and 2 glasses of wine (all of 2 people). Service was amazing, food was delish, and the waiter gave us both an extra glass of wine for free. Kind of pricey if you pay the normal prices, but definitely a good meal.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautifully designed restaurant
A great neighborhood restaurant . Especially enjoy the small dishes which allows a great variety of food. They have a nice wine list. Service is friendly and they are helpful in describing what and how a dish is prepared.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
The design of the location was very nice and for us from Switzerland special. The food was very good. We felt us very comfortable in this small resaurant.
9/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of our family's go to restaurants. Amazing food and friendly and attentive service.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, happy staff, definitely better than Balade or Al Bustan. The Mixed Grill, Arayes Jebne, and Fattoush are must-haves. Definitely a cool place to dine, good-looking crowd and even better looking restaurant. Ask the hostess to sit with Wilson, he'll do whatever it takes to make sure you leave happy.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Naya is one of my go-to spots in Manhattan for a great dining experience. It is probably the most authentic Lebanese that you can get in Manhattan and is always super fresh and delicious. The staff is always very friendly and attentive as well. I dine here at least once or twice a month. Love it!!!
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ethnic food. They were
Great ethnic food. They were very flexible when we had to change our reservation.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the highest quality of Lebanese cuisine outside Lebanon.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent as usual
We've been to Naya Mezze Grill several times now and as usual the experience is outstanding: service is excellent, food is outstanding and ambience is fabulous.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good Lebanese in a lovely
Very good Lebanese in a lovely and cool environment. The appetizers were very good, tried the stuffed grape leaves, the humus, and the falafel. It is hard to find good rice in NY, the one at Naya was spectacular! .
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kibbeh Naya in Manhattan
It's hard to find good kibbeh naya anywhere (except at home!), and Manhattan was no exception until this gem of a restaurant came along. The food is authentic Lebanese, the kibbeh exquisite, the attitude hip and solicitous without the pomposity some Lebanese restaurants can have. Can't wait to go back.
11/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
I grew up in Lebanon and another member of our dinner party of 6 was too. I have dined in lebanese restaurants all around the world and the food at NAYA stands out as one of the best except for a couple of restaurants in LA and DC. It was simply great: authentic, flavorful, fresh and delicious. We tried almost all the apetizers and they were simply amazing. The Taboule was the best I have tasted outside Lebanon. The desserts are excellent buit the portions too large. Do not order one per individual. Good for sharing. The staff was attentive, helpful and the service was excellent. The music at times was a little loud especially for non middle-easterners and the lighting too dark but otherwise the atmosphere very pleasant for our group.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food, welcoming atmosphere
The restaurant was recommended by my niece, who lives and works on the Upper East side and who loves Middle Eastern food. When I looked at the restaurant's Web site, I was immediately interested in the design of the space--it is a long, narrow restaurant but the space is cleverly designed to feel modern and cozy at the same time. The hummus with ground beef, tabouleh, mixed grill, and stripped bass we ordered were all so delicious. The Lebanese wine was also quite a find. We enjoyed our meal thoroughly.
12/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Worth a try.
Had dinner there early on a moderately busy Saturday night. Service was extremely good, attentive but not overbearing. You could hear every conversation from the any of 4 nearby tables. Ordered a bunch of small plates. A good thing the waiter told us when we had ordered plenty. Serving sizes are very reasonable. For us, we would have preferred more quality and less quantity. Hummus and eggplant starters were excellent as were the Lima beans Spinach pies, were a little dry on the inside, Spicy Shrimp were well conceived but the shrimp were overcooked. The ground lamb in pita was way too dried out and the pita to lamb proportion was too much pita. Two pieces with more lamb might give you more to work with in terms of meat presentation.
12/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
A new favorite
What a wonderful find! The food, the wine, the service, the ambience...everything was perfect! The prices are also very reasonable. We will be back the next time we are in New York. To those visiting - do yourself a favor. Walk a few extra blocks, get away from the tourist traps, and try NAYA Mezze & Grill!
12/6/2013 4:00:00 PM