I came here fore the first time and loved the food. Very unique dishes. Everything was excellent and the service was great too. I would definitely go back and recommend this restaurant to others.
5/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is quite good ,I have dined here about 4 times recently ,my complaint is that it is not very consistent and the service is always odd.Many many servers and we had to ask 3 times for our olive oil about 4 times for the onions and those still were not brought to us.It seems to me the personnel is not familiar with the cuisine..
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
lots of good food for vegetarians
lots of good food for vegetarians as well as meat-eaters
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've brought so many different types of groups here including intimate dinners and without fail Almayass has always impressed them. I love their specialty drinks the small plates and the idea of sharing all foods.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food in a nice atmosphere
I know both Armenian and Lebanese cuisines - the food at this place is superb! I've been there twice, tried various things - all very-very good, relaxed atmosphere, great service, highly recommended! Added bonus - it's quiet - you can actually have a conversation there without having to scream.
6/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Messes are great
Kibble naya was best ever! Okra, eggplant caviar, manti, and cheese pastries were superb. We bypassed the entrees, which seemed run of the mill.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great Armenian restaurant
Almayass is very tastefully decorated by the owner who has a number of other restaurants. The surroundings are elegant, the service impeccable, and the food so refined! Prices are reasonable by NYC standards. Just as importantly, the acoustics are really good, so you can have a pleasant conversation with friends and don't feel aggressed by the noise level, which is so prevalent these days!
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Personal attention and great service makes this restaurant a place you want to come back to.
Delicious Mediterrean/Armenian food with a touch of French cuisine. This is truly a Neighborhood Gem.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Delicious cuisine, lovely setting
The Armenian/Lebanese dining experience is full of flavor. Wait staff is very knowledgeable and helpful in explaining the specialties. Definitely explore their recommendations. Try different salads with some tasty kebabs. Servings are large and can easily be shared. Particularly love the Shish Kebab and the cucumber/yogurt salad. My friends loved the garlic paste that came with the Chicken Kebab. Also a great restaurant option for vegetarians.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Visited NYC this weekend and wanted to try this Armenian restaurant. Absolutely terrific food. Waitstaff was very knowledgeable about menu and traditions. Great setting. Food was delicious. Waiter made great suggestions from the menu. Their zatar dipping sauce was so creative! Lebanese wines on the menu were interesting and good. And by the way, I am gluten free for medical necessity and the staff knew what I could have and kept me safe. Manager was very friendly and welcoming.
6/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful and delicious
The setting is lovely. Lots of atmosphere, artwork, tile. And the food is great. We had dishes I hadn't seen anywhere ( ground walnuts with pomegranate ...incredible), and the best dolmas ever.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Something Wonderfully Different
This resto was highly recommended by a co-worker so we took friends from out of town who enjoy something different from what they get at home. We had a great waiter who gently walked us through the menu and made suggestions based on our comments, food was fantastic & delivery well-timed, and we had a delightful 2+hours. The menu is a Lebanese/Armenian mix and although part of my heritage is Lebanese, I was rarely exposed to the food growing up. I'm sure we'll go back again (and again).
6/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almayass is a surprising oasis of energetic soul-food that brings a refreshing take on Italian food by way of Mexico's gold coast. Sound unlikely, well-It is. The vibe is great. The service is great. Drinks amazing and food quite delicious. Wild, wild, wild. All the fish are wild, the vegetables often tasted garden picked and the service is delivered by Italian transplants who want to be doing this. The entire experience is so refreshing, prepare to be delightfully surprise. Indeed, this is Italian food and service that comes straight from Italy by way of Mexico's warm, inviting energy and handsome Italian crew.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almayass is incredible!
The food is absolutely delicious. The grape leaves will blow your socks off.
I love this place!
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Armenian at its best!
The food at Almayass is amazingly tasty! If you have a know-how of the Lebanese/Armenian cuisine you will adore this place.
Decoration is classy, service is very attentive- the cherries at the end of the meal were such a nice touch.
We will definitely be back.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almayass is great
Almayass it's a very well located restaurant, with a beautiful decoration and a fantastic ambiance and it makes your dining experience a special moment.
The food is delicious, well presented, very authentic, generous portions.
The service is very professional, caring, up to any high class restaurant. I was greeted by name!
They also have a nice lounge and bar with creative cocktails. that could be a great start or finishing of your meal.
Great value for money, great for special occasions or to go with a big group of friends.
It's a place that everyone will enjoy!
7/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Armenian-Lebanese food.
Great Armenian-Lebanese food. Quite authentic.
The hostess , the waitress and the waiter made us feel very welcome and comfortable.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
ALMAYASS A NOTABLE FIND
This Lebanese restaurant boasts a varied menu of traditional Middle East mezze, hot and cold, as well as an array of tempting main courses. On a sweltering night, two of us shared several mezze dishes, each one excellent, but the muhammara, a spicy dip of roasted red peppers, nuts, and pomegranate molasses, was exceptional. The menu indicates which dishes are vegetarian. The waiter, who was knowledgeable about the entire menu, recommended an excellent, refreshing sauvignon blanc that was reasonably priced. And at the end of the meal, a bowl of cherries, sitting on ice, was offered gratis. The restaurant itself is attractively designed, quite modern, and the tables are spaced well apart from each other.
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Armenian/ Lebanese
Great kebabs and many other dishes from Lebanon and Armenia. Spot-on attentive service. Nice atmosphere. The restaurant was nearly full and I am fairly sure we were the only people there who were not from the region of the cuisine. A testament to its authenticity.
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was there for a business lunch and we all agreed it was a lovely experience. The food was delicious - very fresh and high quality. We were transported to another world by all the flavors and spices. My husband is Armenian and found the food to be authentic.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almayass is incredible
Possibly the best restaurant I've been to in NYC. Achieves an exceptional balance - It's difficult for a restaurant to provide world class food while maintaining an environment that is cool, beautiful and vibrant but also not too trendy. When the all-imposing trust-fund, "cool-defining" hipsters of NYC invade a space you know it may be time to leave. Almayass avoids that noise spectacularly. Almayass doesn't need to try to keep it real. It is real. Almayass - don't ever change!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our servers were very attentive and the food was wonderful - thank you for a great dining experience!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent quality Armenian-Lebanese
Excellent quality Armenian-Lebanese food. Try lamb chops and Kofta Kabob!!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
THE best Lebanese in New York!
Had an amazing meal at Almayass. Food is as authentic as it gets- no doubt about it! We tried 5 different cold and hot appetizers and each one was delicious.
If you are looking for great Lebanese cuisine with a twist of Armenian flavors this is the right place. Just go!!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
All you could want in a restaurant
Terrific food, elbow room, very attentive but totally unobtrusive service, great cocktails and interesting wine list, at mid-tier prices. Went with a group of four, wanted to try everything on the menu and ate until we were about to burst., the food was so good. Cannot wait to return!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there for lunch for a co-worker's birthday. The whole experience was lovely.
The food and the service were excellent. It was our first time at Almayass and our server (Roy, I think) was fantastic. He did not rush us, patiently answered all our questions, and was helpful but unobrtusive.
We will definitely be back.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good for team building
I was looking for a restaurant for 10 out of town guests where we could debrief after a long day, enjoy a good meal and not break the bank. Almayass delivered on all fronts with an added bonus: sharing both meses and entrees brought the group together for a very memorable dining experience- the food is delicious and the service is tops.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food was VERY authentic
The food was VERY authentic , with plates that one rarely finds on restaurant menus .
Next to grandmas cooking , the best Armenian and Lebanese dishes in New York .
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding food and service
I love Almayass--fresh food and excellent service. I chose this restaurant for my birthday dinner and was treated extra special as a result by the waiter and manager. A delicious dessert that was topped with cotton candy really helped me to celebrate. I had the chicken kebab for the first time on this trip and it was outstanding! It may sound plain but it was delish! Don't miss out on this restaurant!
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A hidden gem!!!
Authentic Armenian Lebanese food! Wonderful menu selection & wait staff. We love the ambience!
I am very disappointed that I cannot write a private note to restaurant
I first read about this restaurant on Tasting table
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful gem
Have been to Almayass a few times. Love the food. The service is great they know how to pace your meal
Never feel rushed; atmosphere is wonderful. Our server was very knowledgeable & I couldn't believe this was his
Second night working at Alaymass. Appetizers are different ;love the lamb with cherries for my main course
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food - Reasonable Price
I took a date here because she was vegetarian and they had great options. We got some of the mezze for the two of us. The Almayass Hummos was amazing, the Almayass salad was delicious, and the little spinich raviolis were also amazing. The prices were totally reasonable, the ambience was great, we were very happy overall. I'm not sure why this place wasn't more crowded but it was perfect and delicious.
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
See you soon Almayass
I wanted to thank Almayass and the staff for doing a fantastic job. The wait staff were very attentive and the service was excellent and much appreciated, The Restaurant Manager, Mario Arakelian with a smile on his face and very accommodating. THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS!!!!
9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
The gem of NYC!!!
This is my favorite restaurant. I have been to Almayaas at least two dozen times and every time the food has been consistently amazing. I truly recommend it.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gets better and better!!
Ever since I am away from home, Almayass is the only place in the city where I feel like home. The staff are like a family, the food is as good (or even better) than home! Hands down the most authentic Lebanese/Armenian restaurant.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful setting; delicious food
Recommended by a relative, I had high expectations for this restaurant and Almayass exceeded them. Very attentive and helpful service and interesting, creatively prepared food. I felt transported to another culture and enjoyed every part of this meal down to the mint tea made with fresh mint leaves. The complimentary bowl of grapes for dessert was a nice touch. I can't wait to go back.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
ONe of the NYC best!
This is not my first time and not my first review of this restaurant. But every time, I am surprised in a positive way and reminded that good food, excellent service, charming ambiance and NO NOISE are possible in one place on Manhattan. For me it is of foremost importance that you can actually talk (not scream) to someone around your table and hear what s/he says.
10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unique Lebanese Armenian restaurant
Must try Itch and Mantee. Delicious fresh hopped Armenian Salad also a hit. Loved the dessert with mini-pancakes
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Armenian and Lebanese food. I recently came back from Armenia and realize that Almayass has excellent and authentic food. I recommend having lots of appetizers (mezze). It was two of us and we ordered 6 appetizers and were food, no entree was needed. The hummus is delicious!! Definitely give this place a try and I promise you will come back!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice restaurant, great food and excellent service . Our server roy was really attentive, along with the staffs
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
'this place is wonderful in many ways: very good food, quiet, lovely space, unpretentious service.
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Delicious Middle Eastern cuisine
The lunch special at Almayass is enough for almost two meals. The Tabouleh, Hummus and Eggplant are a vegetarian's delight!
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best middle eastern restaurant
I've been here numerous times and have brought many guest. The food and service is simply amazing. If you haven't been, you have to give it a try-you won't be disappointed
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food!! Great service!! Great place!!! Great hospitality!! Highly recommended restaurant in NYC!!! Mantee traditional, spicy potato, hummus mix, subereg, shish kebab is a must to try!! We will be back :)
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional in every way
By far the best Lebanese restaurant in New York. I went there with a friend and we enjoyed a lot of dishes on the menu (Fattoush, Hummus, Mouttabal Almayass, Manti, Subereg, Assorted Grill) Amazing atmosphere, world class service.
I can’t wait to take more friends there.
11/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Went for a special occasion
Went for a special occasion my cousin got married and I was unable to attend. Took them out and had a wonderful time.
The food and atmosphere was great! Highly recommend going there. The restaurant was a little cold,take a sweater.
Would go back again real soon.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very well prepared and quality
Very well prepared and quality lebanese and armenian food. Nice ambience, specially if you compare with middle eastern rest in general. Good service.
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tasty food; service lacking
We had a fun and tasty meal here. The moutabbal blew our minds. Unfortunately, we had an absentee waitress who had to be tracked down any time we wanted something. For this purpose (the tracking), we used busboys, hostesses, and other waitstaff -- all of whom, it's important to note, were very friendly and responsive. Had it not been for them, we never would have received a meal, and in fact I fear we would have still been sitting at the table today, waiting for the check.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Authentic Gourmet Armenian Food
The atmosphere of the restaurant is beautiful, but it's the food which is unique and delicious. I was dining with two Armenian women, one from CA and one from London, who shared a grandmother in common and they were delighted by flavors they recalled at their grandmother's table which are often difficult to find. I thought everything we sampled, and we sampled a lot, was outstanding.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice but noisy
Good food, but a tad pricey. Too noisy for my taste.
11/25/2013 4:00:00 PM