Molyvos

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$31 to $50
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Greek

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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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CE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A bit pricey but the food is excellent. Nice atmosphere for a romantic dinner or family night out. Short ribs entree is outstanding as are the desserts. Try this classy hidden gem of a restaurant and judge for yourself.

SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

excellent food and service
great pre theater dinner

T
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Food was perfect and the service excellent.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice Valentine’s Day meal. Delicious special fixed price menu for the occasion.

OT
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wonderful food. Great service. Definitely will make this a favorite.

C
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were promptly seated at our quiet table of choice in the rear part of the restaurant. At 6:00 pm, the restaurant was quite busy with Carnegie Hall concert-goers and others, so service was a bit slower than usual. My husband’s scallops were quite delicious, my avogolemono soup was tasty but very thin, and our taramasalata was tasty. The wine list is large and Greek, so sometimes it is a bit difficult to identify the desired wine, but overall, it is an excellent spot for pre-concert dining.

C
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Impeccable service. Delicious food. There are so many choices; it is also a very good choice for vegetarians.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you would like to date with someone, I would definitely recommend this place. Everything was great. 5⭐️

s
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We hadn't been to Molyvos in about 2 years and we had always enjoyed. The restaurant was surprisingly empty at 8:45 on a Saturday night. The staff was very friendly and the service was very good. The appetizers were excellent (especially the Grilled Octopus). The entrees were uninspired. My stuffed cabbage was ok but not very flavorful and my wife's salmon was solid but lacked flavor. This surprised us. Previously, we had had memorable meals there. We feel that there are other greek restaurants that have more inspired Greek cuisine and most of them are less expensive.

SL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great prix fixe dinner before Carnegie right around the corner.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Definitely not as great as it used to be (we've been frequenting it for years). Not sure why, but it is now extremely noisy (not that it wasn't crowded before). Our waiter somehow managed to show attitude - we felt more like a nuisance rather than being welcome there. It also looks like they've replaced a chef and the change was not for the better (I'm looking at you, grilled octopus!) Overall, this is no longer our "go to" place.

WL
Atlanta
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good three course pre theater dining. Service was good,

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Greek restaurant in NYC. Coincidently we were there during restaurant week. Restaurant week menu was fantastic. Great service in a beautiful setting. I strongly recommend!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service

RA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unpretentious but beautiful restaurant serving excellent and sophisticated Greek food, with an amazingly extensive Greek wine list, all with attentive and gracious service and reasonable prices for the quality in a lovely and not too noisy atmosphere. Highly recommended.

OT
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Greek food in Manhattan. I will go back again and again.

w
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent food, typical prices, outstanding service. The portions were more than adequate and the ambiance was relaxing. HIghly recommend.

RH
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre theatre and restaurant week menu. We were very pleased.

o
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anything you order comes out consistently high quality and authentic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent meal for Restaurant week. The salmon was perfection!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way!!! The moussaka is the best I’ve ever had!

r
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

good for decades, even better now. It is a lovely place with terrific service and food.

UW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

My friend and I arrived for a 7:30 reservation and seeing the bar wide open, we opted to eat at the bar. We sat down and the bartender ignored us until we waved at her and told her that we wanted to place an order. There were literally 2 other people at the bar at the time. The bar had some food scraps on it and when she came over she completely ignored cleaning the scraps up so while we were placing our drink order I pushed the food off to the side and she watched me and didn't clean it up. After we placed our order she spent the entire time either with her back to us looking at her phone that was alongside the register or away from the bar socializing with restaurant staff. We couldn't get her attention and were finally able to order another glass of wine from a waiter that came behind the bar at one point. The food was very good. We had a whole fish, Greek salad and sautéed spinach. Everything was done to perfection. Overall excellent food but horrible service.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Would return again and again. Friendly atmosphere and good food.

C
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Molyvos makes for a good pre-concert dinner venue. We shared a good spinach salad followed by wonderfully presented sardines for my husband and Greek meatballs with yogurt sauce for me. The sardines were great and the meatballs good. The apple pastry dessert was delicious as was the bottle of rose we had. All of this in a quiet back nook! Quite lovely.

DC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We got a corner table across from the bar, which we liked a lot. Our server was a little slow to begin but eventually picked up the pace and was attentive the rest of our meal. We had the Restaurant Week special and everything was yummy. Wife had salad and I had the keftedes. Her main course was dolmathes and mine was the salmon. Really good. There were two dessert choices, but I don't remember what they were. However I do remember they were both delicious. All in all a very good meal. We used to come here quite often when we lived in the West Village - a bit of a schlep but well worth it. This was the first time we've been back in many moons, and it was as good as we remembered. We recommend it.

A
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lunched at Molyvos during Restaurant Week. The choices were great and delicious. I will certainly return and recommend family and friends.

M
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always reliable and delicious spot! Great midtown restaurant choice!

M
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've dined at Molyvos many times over the years, and it continues to provide a first rate experience, whether for dinner or after concert small plates, drinks, and dessert. Food, Greek wines, service and ambiance are all excellent, and suitable for entertaining guests, as I was this past weekend.

e
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner after seeing a broadway show. Food was absolutely delicious and outstanding service.

WM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I loved how quiet the restaurant was but while the food was tasty, I left feeling hungry. That was after spending $36 dollars on 3 scallops. for a main course. I also shared a salad. The scallops were tasty, but I was still hungry, which I don't think I should be after spending $50 on food.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite literally the best Greek food in the city. Perfect choice.

SA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. The ambiance was great. We went for lunch during restaurant week and will for sure be back. FANTASTIC.

RM
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good restaurant week meal nicely done

K
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Been here a few times over the years, and I am never disappointed. Great service, great food, and no attitude. From the minute you walk in, everyone is friendly, and seem to be happy working there. It’s refreshing.

BS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb in every way....great location near Carnegie Hall.

1
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Molyvos for more than 15 years and it is consistently excellent.

PD
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I would definitely recommend this restaurant, food was very good, staff was exceptional.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Molyvos continues to be hands down the best Greek restaurant in NYC. It never disappoints. From the food, service, to the sommelier who recommended the most delicious Greek wine, we loved everything. My husband and I have been frequenting Molyvos since they first opened in 1997 when we lived in the city. Any opportunity we get, especially when we’re seeing a Broadway show we try to eat here. It manages to get better and better. Thank you!

D
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance at Molyvos is splendid: quiet enough for adult conversation, beautiful calm pale green walls and mirrors, no loud music. We were excited to try the moussaka, which was rather burnt this time, alas. We thought the scallops overpriced at $36, which is about $9 per scallop, and so avoided them. The server's wine suggestions were helpful and I wish we had saved room for dessert.

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