Almayass

4.6
1182 reviews
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Mediterranean
Almayass offers a distinguished culinary experience which consists of the infusion of authentic Lebanese cuisine with the exotic flavors of traditional Armenian dishes, to make for a very unique, one-of-a-kind type Mediterranean dining experience.

Our story began in Beirut in 1996 by the Alexandrian family, third generation Armenians, who had a passion to share and serve their culinary delights. The restaurant has since been featured in NY Times, New York Magazine, Food & Wine Magazine, LA Times and the Michelin Guide as a ‘must go’ destination for an Armenian-Lebanese dining experience.
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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

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New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Greeted by friendly hosts. Impeccable service and Lebanese food like my grandmother made. The kibbe Nayet is the best I ever had along with lentil soup.
I asked for the owner to discuss something and he came right over.
My favorite Lebanese rest.
Kathe

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w
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

The food was awesome , the service was terrible big time . the waiter as he was mad becoz we showed up .the waiter is so unhappy that he wanted us to eat and leave right away .never going back again that waiter made our experience so bad . I wish I have his name.

Almayass
Responded 3 days ago

Dear waelsalem Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback with us. I am very dissapointed and apologetic that your experience at the restaurant was not satisfactory due to the waiter's inhospitable approach. If possible, would you please share your contact details with me at mario.arakelian@almayassnyc.c o m as I would like to follow-up with you further? Thank you very much for your constructive feedback. Mario Arakelian

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KK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place — five of us were gathered to celebrate a special birthday and it could not have been more wonderful. We asked the waiter to bring us an assortment of appetizers and they were phenomenal, though we ate so much we didn’t really have room for entrees. But they were very gracious and just brought us a mixed grill, which was perfect. The food is mainly Lebanese, with some Armenian dishes, but much more elegant and subtle than Lebanese food you may have encountered before. The one tip is to make reservations on the early side — it was pretty empty when we arrived on a Monday at 6:30, but had filled up by 8:00. While it’s not cheap, it’s not exorbitant — and worth every penny. They also remembered that it was a birthday and came out with a candle in the mousse we’d ordered (despite protestations we couldn’t eat another bite!) Could not recommend more highly. It’s also a lovely space — well laid out, with interesting art.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place was perfect for my fiancé and I to spend time together. Food was delicious. Everyone greeted us and were super friendly. Will definitely come again and am going to recommend this place to friends and family

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

Extremely noisy.

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Z
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’m middle eastern (Arab) and Almayass is one of the only authentic spots in the city - there is just one other authentic restaurant around - (Israeli food does NOT count) this restaurant is based out of Beirut and the food tastes exactly the same. I’ve been twice this month so far - I only wish it could be more crowded and also a bit less expensive. Otherwise it’s good

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

Amazing food !

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D
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although the food was delicious, the prices were very high.

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CR
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was an excellent setting for a business meal with incredible food

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food 🥘, nice ambience , Service is quick and it’s a bit noisy

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent tasting food and service. The mixed grill plate was amazing and every menue item we ordered were all authentic. It is more expensive than most but worth trying.

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H
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went to Almayass twice this month. The food has been consistently great! Appetizers are amazing - mante with meat and with spinach is my favorite. Will sure go back again.

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j
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice portions and great service. Prices are reasonable. Many vegetarian options. Friendly and nice place to spend with family of friends. I would recommend that restaurant.

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DS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I don't usually write reviews but, I think its important to share how your experience is at a restauranta as feedback. I made a resy and was looking forward to eating in the main dining room. They instead seated us in their other "lounge" space next to a drafty door with only one waitress. We ordered several apps and shared a main. Food was mediocre. Pita, thin, cold and store bought. I asked for the beef shwarma to not be put in pita...she brought in...you guessed it... pita. The chicken wings were greasy. Their homemade sausage left a lot to be desired. The waitress messed up one thing after another. Not a good experience. Will not return.

Almayass
Responded 3 days ago

Dear DebbieS: Thank you for taking the time to post a review on Opentable. I am extremely sorry to know of your dining experience with us. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of service that we strive for and your experience is not acceptable to us. If possible, would you please share your contact details with me at mario.arakelian@almayassnyc.c o m as I would like to follow-up with you further? Thank you very much for your constructive feedback. Mario Arakelian

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LH
Detroit
20 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

honestly, the restaurant was very nice. We come from Detroit area and have outstanding middle eastern food therefore the food was only ok. Staff and service were very good

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o
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been multiple times-this was the first time for brunch-loved it every time.

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EA
New England
15 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The atmosphere was awesome. Waiter had an attitude almost like he was annoyed to wait on us. I think he made an assumption we would not be spending a lot or something. We all shared apps., had dinner , ordered a bottle of wine etc. He was cold and unfriendly. The food overall was very good. We are from the middle east so we are a little more "fussy" than another guest. My niece had chicken shawarma, another had baked chicken, I had lamb kabobs. We asked the waiter about the appetizer fatoosh, my niece wanted it as a meal. He said it would feed 4 and would be plenty. When it arrived it was a tiny salad bowl. At the cost of $19.50 we expected more. The mantee was delicious, best part of the whole meal. We spent almost $300. hardly anything for him to be annoyed about.

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JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Extremely noisy, not a place for a nice quiet dinner and conversation.

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PL
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Awesome place, just a long wait for drinks and main dinner that was served cold.

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JM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I’ve been here now 3 times and this was my least favorable experience. The past 2 times, the food was outstanding and the service impeccable and I have always spoken very highly of Almayass.

This time around, the food was still really good but the service was meh. The restaurant was empty. Our waiter was very unfriendly, barely said a word to us, and was a bit intimidating. When asking for recommendations, he was barely a help. I also think they could update their decor as it is a bit confusing and not super warm.

Everything is very expensive here and I’ve noticed that Turkish-type restaurants in general are on the pricier side. The cocktails are Btwn $14 (normal) to $20 (too expensive). We got the mixed grill which was so good, $81 for 2 people. The meat was perfectly cooked and so delicious. But you don’t get sauces or anything besides rice and a few veggies, you have to order yogurt etc for extra.

Won’t be coming back again for a while after getting a $660 bill for 5 people, as I think there is better value out there.

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S
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful!!! The art is beautiful, only to be surpassed by the food and the service. Don't miss it!!!

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear Smnz Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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MT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal ! This is going to be a definite go to every time we visit NYC!

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear MarkT Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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V
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We ordered a variety of appetizers and small dishes. While the ambiance was quite nice, some dishes fell a little short, particularly because we expected some wow factor for the prices. Service, room and white tablecloth setting was nice, and we were happy to have a nearly last minute reservation for Easter lunch. (Armenian salad and baklava were my favorites. Kefta was also good.)

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear Vicky Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback with us. I am sorry to hear that your experience at the restaurant was not as satisfactory as you would have wished. If possible, would you please share your contact details with me at mario.arakelian@almayassnyc.c o m as I would like to follow-up with you further? Thank you very much for your time! Mario Arakelian

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SC
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, lovely atmosphere, with a noise level for adults who actually want to talk quietly!

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear ScottC Thank you very much for your 4-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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RT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This was a disappointing experience. High prices for mediocre quality and tiny portions. The mixed grill, along with the kibbeh and cheese borek were the high points. The other 5 mezza and dessert we ordered were not worth it.

Almayass
Responded on April 15, 2019

Dear RT33 Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback with us. I am sorry to hear that your experience at the restaurant was not satisfactory in particular with the quality and size portions. If possible, would you please share your contact details with me at mario.arakelian@almayassnyc.c o m as I would like to follow-up with you further? Thank you very much for your time! Mario Arakelian

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DD
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful night. The food and service were outstanding.

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear DavidD Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome, reminded me of my grandmother food

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear OpenTable Diner: Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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m
Tampa
50 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. We were here three years ago and had the opportunity to return- and were very pleased again. The appetizers are large and great for sharing.

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear mutmut3 Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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w
New York Area
237 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Such a pretty restaurant. Romantic, calming, lovely. Wonderful food. But the service was a full out joke. Our served David was polite enough just not attentive or very interested
We had to ask more then I can count for water, a menu, to place our orders ... Every step of the way was painful. We never got water glasses refilled. The bottle of Lebanese wine that we ordered wasn't available, it was a birthday and I had to ask them in front of the birthday person where the cake I ordered was? Just so ridiculous for a not full restaurant with staff leaning against the wall and no reactions from them. It took 3 asks for our bill on which the $61.00 bottle of wine was charger $71.00. We didn't even argue it we just wanted to leave.
Btw: I made a 5:30 reservation because I wanted the 1000 point PromotIon they offered. We arrived on time. Yet they only give me 100 points. I had to call OT to get the remaining 900 points. I was told that Almayass stopped that promotion. Hu? Not to bore you, OT honored it and did give me the remaining 900 points.
Dispite the delicious meal and lovely decor we won't be back

Almayass
Responded on April 9, 2019

Dear wmw322: Thank you for taking the time to share your valuable feedback with us. I am sorry to hear that your experience at the restaurant was not satisfactory in particular with the service provided. If possible, would you please share your contact details with me at mario.arakelian@almayassnyc.c o m as I would like to follow up with your further? Thank you and best regards, Mario Arakelian

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BK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, wine and service. Would highly recommend.....it was perfect from beginning to end!!!!

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear BethK Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excelent food and attentive service. We love Alymass.

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear OpenTable Diner: Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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WD
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fantastic experience! We were hoping to go to a different place that had been suggested to us, but they could not accommodate our group, so we changed plans on the spot and reserved here just based on location only... I am very happy that we did. While everything we tried was excellent, the mante, dolmas and kibbe naje are outstanding. the service was top notch, and the place is really nice, I will be definitely be going back next time I'm in the city.

Almayass
Responded on April 29, 2019

Dear WilsonD Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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A
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Loved the food! I think it’s as good or better than Ilili. They also have my favorite dessert EVER! Their house dessert which is a birds nest of baklava topped with tahini floss. I only wish you could order baby lamb chops with out having to order the whole mixed grill.
Excellent Mantee, the beef dishes were excellent, the sauces that come with everything are out of this world!

Almayass
Responded on March 31, 2019

Dear Acadia: Thank you very much for your 4-star review on Opentable. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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AW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I must say the pricing was a bit steep for falafel and other Mediterranean dishes. Also most of the food was very salty. Is the taste trying to be drowned out by hiding it in salt? Not impressed.

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AR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect and the food was exceptional as was the service!

Almayass
Responded on March 27, 2019

Dear AndreaR: Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. Your comments regarding the food quality are extremely appreciated. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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G
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I arrived early but had to sit in an uncomfortable seating arrangement. The couple next to me were shouting and talking FaceTime loudly. I wanted a quiet evening alone. Also the couple were served before me and I was there first.
The food is excellent! Best kibbee niyee since grandmas. It’s expensive but so worth it
K

Almayass
Responded on March 27, 2019

Dear Giraffey: Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. Your comments have been duly noted. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Pricey
It is expensive for what it is

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GH
London
46 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Must be the best Lebanese restaurant in Manhattan. Excellent food, welcoming service, very nice surroundings. And a great selection of wines from Lebanon and region.

Almayass
Responded on March 27, 2019

Dear GaryH: Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. We thank you for your glowing comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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N
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience! The Mixed Grill for two is a wonderful value and delicious! Meats are so tender. The beef hummus appetizer is a great start! Highly recommend if you enjoy Lebanese/ Armenian/ Mediterranean food!

Almayass
Responded on March 22, 2019

Dear Nittany84: Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. Your comments regarding the food quality are extremely appreciated. We thank you for visiting us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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DG
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a birthday party and service was excellent. Had a fantastic dinner and overall experience.

Almayass
Responded on March 19, 2019

Dear DerekG" Thank you very much for your 5-star review on Opentable. It is extremely appreciated! Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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