Permanently Closed - Almayass

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This restaurant is permanently closed. 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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JeffK
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Overall good. Food was excellent. Service a little slow, since we got there early (shortly after opening?). Not very knowledgeable of their wine list (at least our server), but everything was really excellent.

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Smnz
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in the city for work lunches or evening celebrations! The food and the staff are equally fantastic!

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Responded on July 14, 2019

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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Responded on July 14, 2019

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Greet place

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Responded on July 14, 2019

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m from out of town and went here to meet a friend I haven’t seen in a long time, despite the amount of catching up we had to do when the food came out we went silent for about 20 minutes devouring the food.
I come from a Lebanese background and this reminded me of my grandma’s cooking. Props to the chef. I wish we had this restaurant close to us in Australia
The service was impeccable. Jane, our server was friendly and helpful. The drinks were also amazing. Overall a heartwarming experience.

Thank you all for your superior customer service and making my night a one to remember.

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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear Opentable Diner: Thank you very much for your 5-star review. We appreciate your kind comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. We will be certain to pass on your compliments to Jane. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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NicolasG
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great experience. Thank you for your warm welcome.

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Responded on July 14, 2019

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

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LaraB
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, one of a kind gem and the drinks are yummy too!!

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Responded on July 14, 2019

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Armenian Lebanese restaurant in NYC. We had great time

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Responded on July 14, 2019

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

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RoniF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant. Great food and excellent service

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Responded on July 14, 2019

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

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vipHeather
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my second time at Almayass. The first time was with a group and the second with one other person. Both times, I found the experience terrific. The food was delicious and the staff was very informed on the menu which made ordering fun and also made me try new things. Being with a group allows you the opportunity to try more things because you can order more food. Try it - you won't be disappointed.

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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear Heather Thank you very much for your 5-star review. We appreciate your kind comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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vipMiqur
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was quite good.
But, kitchen was very slow and service was less attentive than usual - particularly as restaurant was only half full.

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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear Miqur Thank you very much for your 4-star review. We appreciate your kind comments and rest assured we have addressed the timeliness issues with the culinary team so as to take corrective measures. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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WyVan
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

By far not the best Armenian food we had. All dishes were average, not much flavour. Price/quality out of proportion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The food was really good but it was kinda awkward because there were only 3 other people in the whole restaurant

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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear Opentable Diner: Thank you very much for your 4-star review. We appreciate your comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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vipGiraffey
Denver
36 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear Giraffey Thank you very much for your 5-star review. We appreciate your kind comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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vipwaelsalem
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

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.

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Responded on June 13, 2019

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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KateyK
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear KateyK Thank you very much for your 5-star review. We appreciate your kind comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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Responded on July 14, 2019

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

Extremely noisy.

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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear Opentable Diner: Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that the restaurant was extremely noisy and that this may have had a negative impact on your experience. We hope that you will provide us with an opportunity to visit Almayass in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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vipZanzounk
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear Zanzounk Thank you very much for your 5-star review. We appreciate your constructive feedback and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

Amazing food !

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vipDelicious
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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Responded on July 14, 2019

Dear Delicious: Thank you very much for your 4-star review. We appreciate your kind comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Warm regards, Mario Arakelian

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vipChrisR
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Abhi
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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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vipHamov
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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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juliak
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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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DebbieS
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

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.

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Responded on June 13, 2019

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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vipLHSH
Detroit
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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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vipoperapal
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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EllenA
New England
17 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

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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vipJxxxxB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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

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PolinaL
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

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

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vipJulieM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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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Smnz
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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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vipMarkT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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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vipVicky
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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.)

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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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vipScottC
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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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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vipRT33
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

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.

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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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vipDavidD
Kansas City
28 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful night. The food and service were outstanding.

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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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, reminded me of my grandmother food

Almayass - Permanently Closed
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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Permanently Closed - Almayass offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 473-3100.

Permanently Closed - Almayass is rated 4.5 stars by 1195 OpenTable diners.