About Almayass

We are proud to introduce a distinguished culinary experience to the refined palates of New York City with the infusion of authentic Lebanese cuisine and the exotic flavors of traditional Armenian dishes.

We are located in New York City’s bustling Flatiron district boasting a large dining room with a separate bar and lounge area available for Private Dining events.

The story of Almayass began in Beirut in 1996 by the Alexandrian family, third generation Armenians, who had a passion to share and serve their culinary delights. Ever since, the restaurant has come to the attention of The NY Times, New York Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, LA Times and many other international publications as a ‘must go’ destination for an Armenian-Lebanese dining experience. The restaurant continues to feature in the Michelin Guide, for a streak of 6 consecutive years, and has additional locations in Riyadh, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait City, Doha (at The Pearl) and Dubai, Downtown.

Reservations are recommended.

24 East 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Lebanese, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 5:30 pm–10:30 pm
Thu–Sat 5:30 pm–11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Broadway and Park Avenue South

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 473-3100

Website:
http://almayassnyc.com/

Catering:
We offer Catering options of any party size. Please feel free to e-mail us at Mario.Arakelian@almayassnyc.com for more information and a personalized proposal.

Parking Details:
Two Public Lots adjacent to the restaurant

Public Transit:
4, 5, 6, N, R or L to 14th Street Union Square or 6 to 23rd Street at Park Avenue

Executive Chef:
Varak Alexandrian

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Private events and full restaurant buy out options are available. Please inquire for more information.

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Details
Sun 1:00PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM

Mon - Wed 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 10:00PM

Thu - Fri 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

Sat 1:00PM - 2:00PM 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:30PM - 10:30PM

Private Dining

We offer the Main Dining room and the Private Dining room as options for Private events. The Main Dining room has a seating capacity of 110 guests, whereas the Private Dining room can accommodate 40 seated and 95 standing. We are able to customize a variety of Dining packages, varying from sit-down lunches/dinners to cocktail and canape receptions to entire Restaurant buy-outs both for social or corporate gatherings. Please feel free to e-mail us at Mario.Arakelian@almayassnyc.com for more information and a personalized proposal.

Almayass Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (24)
Good for Birthdays (19)
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Special Occasion (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Quiet Conversation (16)
Healthy (15)
Romantic (15)
Good for Groups (15)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Tasting Menu (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Business Meals (10)
Great for Lunch (9)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Casual (5)
Fun (5)
Spicy (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Tapas (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Vegan (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Great Mediterranean food and great service. They are incredibly nice/polite and it’s a pleasure to go there. Try their hummus with pine nuts - the mix between smooth and crunchy is perfect!

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding menu. Excellent service. Very much enjoyed our evening. Delicious.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined 5 days ago

Highly recommend the Ossmalieh Almayass Dessert; A++

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

We went here for Valentine's Dinner and the experience was simply outstanding. The restaurant was buzzing with great ambience and the interior decoration is stunning.
They had a 4-course pre-set menu which offered substantial portions and great variety. The menu was paired with a glass of wine (I think from Armenia) and it drank perfectly well with the cuisine. Everything was so carefully prepared and of high quality.
The level of hospitality and service at Almayass always impresses. By far this is the most superior Mid-Eastern dining experience in New York.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Surprisingly excellent

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

They decided to have a pri fixe for Valentines Day. The choices they offered were below par. I've eaten here twice with flavorful food. I think they chose inexpensive meals for a costly night (if you aren't getting tasty food.) Everything was bland. My lamb off the bone on rice had no seasoning, and the sauce they brought out was broth that you cook with!! No flavor!! Also they didn't have 1 seafood choice as an appetizer or a main course. It was just very disappointing.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

Very Disappointing. Took my husband and his Mom here for Valentine's Day - the menu was $110 prixe fixe - which would have been fine if the food was on par with the Almayass of the past. However, on this occasion, our entrees were dry, overcooked, and bland. Obviously batch-cooked earlier in the day and kept warm. Service was slow (it was an hour before we received our entrees). They messed up our appetizer order, and they sat us at a table in the very back of the restaurant up against a wall and next to a bussing station. Not what I expect for $500.00 I get it, it's Valentine's Day, staff is overworked, people overstay at their tables, etc. but the restaurant was half-empty and we still got warmed-over food and bad service. We used to love Almayass - the food was flavorful and the service was top-notch. It seems to have gone downhill. I hope this train-wreck experience was due to bad planning for Valentine's Day on the part of the management and chef, and not indicative of the state of the restaurant in 2018. My advice is do NOT go here for a holiday or special occasion, you will be disappointed and the hefty price tag will add insult to injury.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I really like the place and the food was delicious, but I think is kind of over priced. The place is nice, service is great and the vibe of the restaurant is cool!
Very recommend

Tags: Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I was worried because the restaurant was barely half full on the night that we went. But I shouldn’t have been! The service was terrific, with a server helping us navigate a new cuisine experience. Everything we ate was delicious.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Amazing interesting food. Best with a group so you can try lots of different dishes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Sticking to the Armenian fare, everything was beyond delicious, and accompanied by attentive and friendly service. The place itself is gorgeous.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

We tried Almayass for a weekend dinner and we liked it
Food is good and service is excellent
Based on our experience It can get a little loud but we probably just had very rude tables next to us
It’s slightly pricey for what you get but definitely worth trying

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Awesome , really an excellent restaurant

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing and authentic food. Great cocktails too.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 8, 2018

The food and ambiance are great. Servers are really attentive which made our dinner relaxing. Overall, this is a very nice restaurant that I will recommend to my friends.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Nice ambiance, tasty food, smaller portions, prices a bit steep.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

It's nice got to come back to this restaurant and eat food that you don't find any place else, but it has gotten very expensive and is not always great. For the price you really want the food to be exceptional.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Everything about our dining experience was superb, and we will return, for sure.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Austin)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We got the Chef’s Selection to share between three of us. It was a great selection and everyone had more than enough food. We particularly liked the pastry filled with cheese, the salads, the meatball (meat and falafel).

It was an interesting mix of food and I really enjoyed the restaurant. I would go back!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Our foouth time at Almayass. Outstanding as always. We always order several starters for the table. We had for the first time the warm feta which was amazing. Also had our usual favorites: sarma, Armenian salad and Babaganoush. Each had a different main course and were, quite honestly, too stuffed for dessert. The service and ambiance are both impeccable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I am a big fan of Almayass in Beirut therefore I was very enthusiastic to try the one in New York ! The New York one only shares the name with the one in Beirut! Armenian restaurant has no “itch” on the menu which is the most famous Armenian salad! We were five and ordered few starters to share Hhummus, Muhammara, Moutabbal, tabouleh, su-berek, Kibby Akrass, spicy potato, lentil Kafta. Then we ordered two assorted meat for 2 to share! Alltogether they were the average Lebanese food that you would taste anywhere! Only the The su-berek was very good but the portion is too small and could not be shared! All together everything was very average and pricey considering the portion size!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

This is a very special place. Service exemplary with an incredibly attentive staff. The food is both unusual and felt. Mario, part of the ownership, is a great host and observant manager.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

The food was pretty good and so was the service, but it's pretty pricey. We also felt like the waiter kept pressuring us into ordering when we weren't ready. Aside from that everything else was great.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Excellent all round. The hummus and smoky eggplant were particularly good. Armenian wine is a pleasant surprise.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Lovely spot and great service. The food was delicious too.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Almayass is a gem. New York City is filled with ethnic restaurants, but this one is truly special. The menu is an exploration of fascinating foods and spices. Not many places specialize in authentic Armenian cuisine, and the opportunity to sample these dishes is an amazing experience. The wait staff are friendly and helpful, offering excellent explanations and recommendations. Many of the offerings are presented as small dishes (like Spanish tapas), which are perfect for sharing. The menu suggests sampling combinations, but the staff can personalize the dishes based on your specific preferences. The wine list is outstanding. Who knew that Lebanese and Armenian wines are so delicious? Drink specialties are outstanding.
The restaurant is easily accessible, close to subway stations, Madison Park, and adjacent hotels.
Dining at Almayass is the highlight of a trip to NYC.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2018

This place is magical, romantic, exemplary! It obviously was built from love and pours it right into its guests! I will return again and again!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always pleasure to be in Almayass with friendly staff and special Armenian food. We go there again next month.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Healthy
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We love Armenian food and we were delighted to find this gem. The food is very authentic. The salads are Very fresh. The Tabbouli was fantastic. The Basterma was very tasty. The Armenian Kafka was a discovery. The Soujouk flambé is a must. At the end of the meal, we had the superb Maamul with cheese( order ahead of time since it takes a while to cook it).
Pair your desert with some Armenian coffee. The service is impeccable . Will come back when in NYC.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Tapas, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great restaurant! The service was wonderful and the food was delicious! I would definitely return!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was good. The waitstaff friendly and informative. The meals were served in a timly manner. Altogether, I was very satisfied with everything except that it took very long to get change. That might just have been a glitch.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Vegan, Fun, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food...great service...great restaurant. Loved the lamb humus and mixed grill...

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As an Armenian, finding authentic, GOOD Armenian food is almost impossible outside my family's dinner tables. Almayass is spot on with nearly everything we ate, and I was channeling my grandmother the entire time. The dolma was delicious, though I normally don't use eggplant because it tends to be too soft. The tabouli was excellent without too much bulgur wheat. The Armenian salad was also refreshing, a little heavy on the dressing on both but the taste was spot on. For me, the star of the show was the mantee (we call it manta). There is a very unique, specific taste to good mantee. Having spent hours on a Sunday with my granny and great aunt stuffing tiny boats until we ran out of pans. Oh how I miss those days - and this brought all of it back. Almayass mantee truly delivers, even served dry in a small skillet. The madzoon (yogurt) sauce was perfect, and the taste brought back my childhood in spades. The meats were to. die. for. I don't know what they do, but the lamb melted in my mouth like it was butter. The chicken blew away my 16 year old picky son, and he asked how come I didn't cook like that? (Uh, good question.) The only let down was the rice pilaf. Too dry, not enough butter. But, a small price to pay for an otherwise excellent meal. Dessert was baklava bites, yummy without the syrup which tends to get too sweet for me. It's served on the side, making it easy to adjust to taste. We tried the tiny candied eggplant, which is better left on the menu that on your plate. The coffee was perfect, and the service was above and beyond. Friendly, attentive, lovely people. The place is absolutely beautiful and the warm colors make it somewhere you want to stay, and return to often. At the prices (about $280 with tax, tip for 3 of us), it may be only once or twice in a lifetime, but worth it. Granny would be happy.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Great service and delicious food. We had a very nice dining experience.

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vip
 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always great food Friendly staff. Great for vegan daughter too

Tags: Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This was our second visit. First was a large group for a birthday. Second time was more intimate with 3 of us catching up. The space is great. Staff very friendly. Happy hour in the bar is a great way to meet, or start the evening. I have found the food good and consistent. On our second visit, I would have liked a sommelier or manager to help navigate the wines from the Armenian/ Lebanese areas. I did not notice any management presence during our dinner. Some of the appetizer prices seemed a little high when contrasted with the entrees. A lively room, with a later starting dinner crowd.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had Christmas dinner at Almayass and it was delicious! Highly recommend the manti. We will be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We loved the food at Almayass. Our helpful waiter made suggestions about what to order and we took almost all of them and they were great. Would definitely go here again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Healthy, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New England)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great food and service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

I had high expectations given everyone’s review. This was mediocre at the very best! The Bronzino was very fishy and deserved to be sent back. The chicken entree was flavorful but dry served with awful fries and cold carrots. Our waiter made no effort to improve upon the situation. With so many great restaurants in NYC, it made me sad that we wasted money and time on this place.

FOLLOW UP: After publishing my review, I received a call within 24 hours from the owner, Mario, who apologized profusely for the experience we had. I am pleased to say we will give this place another chance. I am impressed with Mario’s integrity and It would make me so happy to report back that our Christmas experience was a fluke. Stand-by!

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