Molyvos

4.4
4413 reviews
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A Livanos' family creation, Molyvos is the closest you can get to Greece in New York City. Critics agree that Molyvos serves perhaps the finest example of Greek cuisine in New York, and beyond. People from around the world have discovered that Molyvos serves the true foods and wines of Greece, along with a large dose of the country’s warm and lively spirit. Molyvos’ menu is built upon the home-style cooking of Greece using authentic recipes, classical cooking techniques and superior ingredients. The wine list, under the keen direction of Kamal Kouiri, is unique for its depth and breadth of excellent Greek labels and small producers from the Mediterranean whose wine deserves to be enjoyed. Molyvos also boasts a carefully selected Pre and Post-theatre menu that perfectly accompanies an evening of entertainment.
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

VERY COURTEOUS SERVICE, TASTY FOOD, LARGE SELECTION ON THE MENU, QUIET ATMOSPHERE, A NICE PLACE TO EAT BEFORE OR AFTER THEATER OR CONCERT. IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT THIS IS A PLACE WHERE WE CAN CARRY ON A CONVERSATION WITHOUT NOISY INTERRUPTIONS.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

It is a good spot if you are going to see a show.

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, excellent food and great value. Whenever we go to Carnegie Hall we eat at Molyvos and my cousin and her husband love it.

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WO
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was impeccable and the food was awesome. We had the flamed cheese appetizer prepared at tableside. The presentation was only outdone by the cheese itself. Our waitress did a great job and her recommendations from the minute were spot on! We would go back.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

We went for Valentine’s Day. It wasn’t busy. The service was slow and our server wasn’t in a pleasant mood. The drinks were ok. I expected better. The food was very disappointing. I had the prawns and scallops, which were bland. The rice it came with was a bit tangy. Overall, disappointing experience.

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PC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always good. Love the dips,particularly the tzatziki, taramasalata, roasted tomato. Third time in a row I had the dolmades. They are more tender and flavorful than the typical ones in tomato sauce.

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TQ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, the food was amazing

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RM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For years Moyvos remains the gold standard for upscale Greek cuisine in New York City. The food is always delicious and perfectly prepared, the service is very attentive. And their signature dish, moussaka, is always delicious!

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GD
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive staff, front door coat check a big plus! Wine list lengthy with multiple options. Staff more than available to assist.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Greek restaurant to go to before going to City Center as it's just up the block. The food is good, the service is good and they get you out in time for the performance.

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JK
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good Greek food. Nice dinner.

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DM
New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This makes a very good choice for pre-theater dining. They are excellent at getting you served and on your way without feeling rushed.

The Village Greek Salad was outstanding. I was expecting the typical Greek salad ingredients... romaine, red tomatoes, onion, olives. This salad had no lettuce in it, which was a nice change. Just nice chunks of vegetables and cheese, served at room temperature. Delicious.

My choice for the Lamb Shank Yuvetsi was OK. I am sure it was very authentic, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. But the other diners at our table selected the Roasted Free Range Chicken and the Grilled Marinated Wild Prawn & Sea Scallop Souvlaki, and they all really enjoyed their meals. The meals are filling enough that we passed on dessert.

We were seated at a table quiet enough that we could all enjoy dinner conversation without having to shout over our neighbors. Always appreciated.

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BG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Perfect pre-theatre dining. Perfect for City Center and Carnegie Hall. It's not easy to find good octopus in New York, and they serve it here, along with a nice selection of Greek appetizers and nicely cooked fish. Excellent wine list and waiters are very knowledgeable and helpful. The best selection of fine Greek wines. Will definitely return.

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n
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Molyvos is one of our favourite restaurants in new york city. Their food is excellent, the restaurant is beautiful. Service is fine. Overall, I would recommend. The Grilled Octopus is Fabulous !

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LN
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of six and the unanimous opinion was it was a wonderful experience in every way. Good service, good food--we had a great time.

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WM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I ate lunch there the next day, so, yeah, it was great.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I hVe eaten at Molyvos and many of the other restaurants that are part of the Livanos group and have found them to have gone steadily downhill over the years. Friday night at Molyvos reinforced my opinion. The portions were tiny, barely enough for one person, overpriced, and fair. I had a reservation and we were seated in the bar, which was better than the original one they chose, at the entry corridor.
There are many, many Greek restaurants to choose from in NYC, this will no longer be on my list!

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Try and get there early enough to have a wonderful and relaxed dinner before the 8 PM curtain--ask for a quiet table...it helps w/ the noise level.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place to eat before Carnegie Hall. Food is delicious but a little on the expensive side.

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CK
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We were seated in the front of the restaurant, near the bar, and it was terribly noisy. I was told there was nothing in the back, even though I had a reservation. Very disappointing.

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p
New York Area
107 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Molyvos is a solid option in the Carnegie Hall/City Center area. I got the restaurant week special which included keftedes which were really tender in a delicious tzatziki sauce. Salmon came perfectly medium rare with crisped skin over gigante beans. On point although it needed some salt & pepper. Walnut cake for dessert was decadent. Will continue to return to Molyvos!

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JW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great pre-dinner choice. We'll be back often, next time with a group of friends.

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I
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was outstanding, I went during restaurant week. I saw the regular prices and they're quite high. It's not for everyday but for a special occasion it's is definitely worth the splurge.

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OT
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed an excellent lunch during restaurant week. Great value

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M
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food was just ok; service mediocre. Have been here before and liked it. May have been an off night this time.

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M
Detroit
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Molyvos is my "go to" spot for business lunches. Excellent Greek food. Menu has lots of variety and offers food at many different price points. Generally good value (particularly relative to other Midtown options).

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m
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent restaurant. We visit every time we come to New York

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JB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Consistently excellent food quality, amazing wine list, attentive staff.

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OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Big restaurant ‘ more look like for tourists ‘ food was 50/50’ I’m order with my husband lamb/beef meatballs ‘ was like just bread inside ‘ feel like nothing special ‘ but next I’m order organic chicken was delicious ‘ well done ! Not salty ‘ it’s very good ‘ dessert it’s ok to sweet )

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M
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I had the grilled whole fish (Branzino) -----it was just fair in portion size and taste, came with absolutely nothing else on the plate (not even a piece of parsley or lemon!), no vegetables or potato (if wanted them had to pay $12 for a side dish in addition to the $38 for only the fish!). Overpriced for what it was. My friends had the Restaurant week dinner and thought it was good and a decent value. I was sorry I ordered the whole fish (which I usually love and enjoy) and would not bother to go back to this restaurant.

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EF
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here after an afternoon concert at Carnegie Hall, bringing a guest who is a member of the Israel Philharmonic. Molyvos is one of our family's special occasions restaurants. The food is very tasty, the service is perfect, and - most important - the restaurant is quiet enough to converse and hear each other.

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k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect ambiance - low-key atmosphere, unpretentious, spacious, excellent food and gracious staff.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time eating here both times were great the only thing I can say bad is that we felt rushed but overall great food.

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AC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Weekend Price Fix $48 option not much of a bargain, but other items on the menu are great; lamb chops, sea bass done just right and sensible portions. Wines by the glass a little pricey, so a bottle (good selection of Greek wines) is a better buy. Great service, lovely calm, casually elegant dining room. Good choice for a night of dinner and concert at Carnegie Hall just across the street.

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TH
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Portions were very stingy, and food was bland. Way too expensive for what we got! Would not go back!

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MA
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Molyvos met all of my expectations in terms of food and service. Great experience.

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NY
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Despite having a corner table for lunch, it was very noisy around us. Some people like to be loud for attention and could care less about those around them. Tables by the entrance looked like a better spot. Anyway, the food is outstanding. We went the tapas/appetizer route and were very pleased with our choices. Service was okay, not particularly friendly but professional. The enadame/pistachio spread is to die for, as well as the keftedes.

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JW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I have eaten here numerous times. Place is good for a quick pre-theater dinner in the area. But the food has gone downhill recently. Some dishes were very good. Others were off. Hit or miss.

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MG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This has long been one of my favorite restaurants in the city but I haven't been there in years. I was pleased to say that it was as good as I had remembered...with terrific starters, salads, entrees, etc. Ambiance suits pretty much any occasion and the menu variety allows for authenticity and variety at the same time.

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GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Molyvos is a wonderful restaurant. The food is outstanding and the service is exceptional.

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