Molyvos

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$31 to $50
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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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c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had a party of six on a Sunday evening; everyone enjoyed their food however, I was embarrassed as I had to ask twice to have our table waited on. Drinks were slow in coming once we were waited on, so I can only assume that the bar needed help. If busy, you wait staff should be told to recognize a table with either water, bread etc. and told that they would be back.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This visit was not nearly as impressive as the first time I went. This time we were left shivering outside in the cold, with door not unlocked until 5 p.m. when a young lady opened it and apologized, saying the locked door had something to do with a power outage earlier. I didn't understand that, but didn't question it. The restaurant sign said they do not open until 5 p.m. on Sundays, which we thought was strange (strange that they don't open earlier. So if they don't open until 5, isn't that why door was locked? I don't know). It would have been nice if door was unlocked earlier so we could have waited in the vestibule.

Then we went to the hostess who seemed to have trouble locating our reservation, didn't read it and thought we were with a party of five. We were two people, as was stated on reservation. Then she seated us in front as opposed to the more private and appealing back area which was empty. No idea why. Our soup was served cold and it took a long time to get hot bowls. When they came, they were burning hot. When it cooled off enough to taste, it was good, as was our entrees. We could not use a credit card to pay due to earlier power outage and of course we realize that was not the fault of the restaurant. The server was very concerned about how my mother filled out a form so her credit card could be charged the next day. That was fine but I wish he had paid that much attention to how and when our soup had been prepared, served and then served again. Also, someone might want to tell the staff not to argue with each other loudly in front of customers. We thought it was kind of funny, but some of your patrons might find it disquieting. Probably won't go again and wouldn't recommend to anyone without giving the whole picture. We have paid two visits to another Greek restaurant in midtown that has a more extensive menu, lower prices, better service and hot food. So why go back to Molyvos? Not worth the extra money and not worth a long wait in the cold.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The Michelin guide promised an elegant setting with white tablecloth and I chose this place in order to celebrate my friend’s birthday. I called in advance to reserve the large booth table I saw in the photo in Michelin guide. When we got to the restaurant we got that table without a white tablecloth and when I asked to put it, one of the managers told me that they don’t have a tablecloth for that table which is obviously not true. We were all very disappointed to seat in the only table in the restaurant without a tablecloth, although we celebrated a special occasion.

GK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The restaurant has to better on their servings or price. Two stuffed peppers shouldn't cost $30

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. One of our favorite restaurants, with hearty entries like the short ribs or large appetizers to make a meal like the beets with garlic sauce and crab cakes. And the Greek desserts are a special treat!

PP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Molyvos is our go-to Greek Restaurant for pre-theater dining. The food is always great, the environment pleasant and the service prompt and friendly. The seafood pilaf and spanakopita are fabulous.

AS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and will definitely go back. The service was outstanding from the minute we walked in the Maitre D greeting us and sitting us. The server was professional and knowledgeable of all the dishes we asked about. The food was delicious! I thought a few items were little over priced but after tasting it, it was worth the money! Highly recommend the lamb chops. The flavor was incredible! Cooked perfect! Highly recommend this place

F
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food! Especially loved the grilled octopus appetizer.

p
New England
29 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff makes all the difference ! Loved it so much we had dinner there 2 nights in a row! Love Molyvos!

HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good choice for pre-theater at City Center, which is around the corner

M
Philadelphia
81 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an overall local gem! Excellent wine, great food and amazing service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space, great food and service!

l
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Greek food, attentive service, extensive menu

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Took an hour to get our food . Way too long

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal after a long work day! Great ouzo!

VF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best bet near Carnegie Hall

w
Miami
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and food. definitely will return! love the ambience. thank you for making a birthday celebration better.

M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice surprise. This was recommended by my hotel concierge. Wish I had discovered this before because it is definitely going to be one of our go to places. They were very agreeable to omitting items I couldn’t eat. Server was great. Food was fresh and delicious and well presented. Hummus was delicious and Greek salad was so yummy. Chicken salad was delicious wonderful , too. Not too much noise and nicely lit. This restaurant would be great for a business meeting, social gathering, special occasion or anytime.

T
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was fantastic - we had a great time and enjoyed the house specialties!!

SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As a party of 6, we enjoyed a delicious meal in a lovely place where we could actually hear each other. Wait staff was very competent and not intrusive. Would come back again.

J
New England
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from service to the food was excellent--- we enjoyed their theater pre fixe menu as well.

s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

a bit disappointed. lunch menu does not have much choice. i ordered salmon and it was a very small piece sitting on some beans and eggplant pieces but the price was big. even though the food and service are good but are not worth that price. we had 2 entries and 1 appetizer and it cost us almost $100. will not recommend for lunch.

CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful except the crab cakes. We are use to Maryland lump crab cakes so a bit spoiled. Not quite the same.

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is the perfect restaurant for pre-(or post-) City Center dining.

B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Had Saturday lunch reso for 12:00. Restaurant wouldn’t open doors to let us in until 12:05. We must have caught Molyvos on a terrible day or the chef was absent. Tomato salad with Feta for $20 was terrible. Unripened iced cold tomatoes, Feta crumbled to dust, barely any dressing on the tomatoes. Mini meatballs small plate was cold in center and surrounded by cold sauce that tasted like catsup. The zucchini fritters were completely raw. The stuffed Napa cabbage was passable but the centers were overstuffed with breading and limited meat. Really disappointing for the hype and good reviews. Simple Greek food is so good but not here. The beautiful atmosphere doesn’t save the food.

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Another great meal. Molyvos never disappoints.

c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

great thanksgiving dinner. thank you for making our holiday enjoyable.

BH
Atlantic City
30 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything and everyone was perfect. The flaming cheese appetizer (I used to call it saganaki) drew the attention of the entire restaurant and it was as delicious as it was spectacular. My favorite, the grilled octopus was beautiful and mouthwatering. Just a delightful evening.

RM
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Molyvos never disappoints - great food and friendly polished service!

p
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Star of the show was the tsipora fish. Perfectly done and delicious. Starter salads were sized a bit small for sharing. Dessert with phyllo dough wrapped around yogurt, berries and honey was excellent. Service was good, totally tuned in though.

SB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably excellent

F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic! Party of 8 no complaints! Only minor thing was it would have been nice if they noticed we put my mother in laws birthday on the reservation, but waiter quickly brought us a dessert when he found out. Would definitely return.

IK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Tonight was disappointing. The lobster and pasta dish was way overpriced. Hardly any lobster and a strange sauce. One of the less successful entrees I've ordered.

AB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the only truly comfortable restaurants in NYC - big and spacious with more room between tables than most other NYC restaurants. Just the right noise level - there is a buzz but quiet enough to converse. Food is delicious. They have an extensive wine list and excellent cocktails.

PI
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Greek food. And if you are also fortunate to be going to Carnegie Hall or the New York City Center it is really a treat to be able to have a pre-theatre dinner here.

OT
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good for lunch and pre theater and solid greek food

MM
Poconos
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We throughly enjoyed our three course prix fix late lunch. Service was attentive and the food was excellent.

C
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

On our second visit to Molyvos, my husband and I had a delightful experience. We were seated nicely at a quiet corner table in the back of the restaurant and had excellent service throughout our dinner. Our Greek wines were good, my butternut squash and spanikopita very good, and my husband’s day scallops were delicious. The highlight of the meal was undoubtedly the Milopita, a delicious phyllo with carmelized apples, golden raisins, and walnuts served with cinnamon ice cream and caramel. Divine! Everything was timely and we departed in good time for our concert at Carnegie Hall. Wonderful.

s
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very well prepared entrees. Service is lovely. This is our usual stop close to City Center Theater, and Carnegie Hall.

DW
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, ambiance and food was incredible. I brought some associates from Japan to give them a real 'NYC Restaurant' experience and Molyvos was the perfect choice.

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