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For 2
7:00 PM
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3899 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Pre/post Theatre (118)
  • Authentic (87)
  • Fit for Foodies (63)
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Greek, Seafood, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
Brunch: Saturday and Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:30 pm -11:00pm and Saturday-Sunday 5:00pm - 11:00pm.
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Phone number
(212) 582-7500
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Carlos Carreto
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Full off site catering menu available, please see our website for details.
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Cross street
55th and 56th Streets
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Public transit
7th Avenue (B, D, E Trains) 57th Street (N, R, Q Trains)
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Special events & promotions
Molyvos is available for a complete restaurant buyout. Please contact Kamal Kouri for details at
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 3899 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Loved Molyvos. Our server was attentive and professional, as was all of the staff. Food was all delicious.

Troy (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 4 days ago

Having dined at many restaurants throughout nyc. It’s unfortunate that this one falls way down into my forgettable list. At first glance you would think that something special waits inside. But truly looks are deceiving. The decor is decent, well lit and clean the staff are attentive and friendly. Annoying music fills the already noisy chatter of various cultures speaking loudly in their language and the clanging of kitchen workers is not far behind. So definitely not a place for romance or just a peaceful meal. Speaking of which. The food here is absolutely horrible. I ordered the fried octopus that was devoid of anything even remotely taste bud worthy as boring and worthless as can be. I also ordered the lamb chops which were so full of fat and also devoid of taste that I just wanted to throw the dam thing in the chefs face.

If this resturaunt is representive of Greek cuisine than truly it’s done Greek meals a disservice. Because either Greek food is absolutely horrible or the chef needs to be fired. It’s a shame too. Because I feel there’s potential here but not with the current menu or chef.

John (Miami)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Seating up front, especially immediate down from the entrance was chilly. Host and staff made extra efforts to accommodate moving to another table. My moussaka was excellent.

vipVagueVegetarian (New York Area)
2.0  Dined 6 days ago

On the positive side, I was able to eat one course and get out in time for an 8:00 reservation. I did have several concerns. I wanted a quiet table and even though there were booths available which I thought would be quieter they seated me at a corner noisy table. When I inquired about the other tables I was told they were reserved, but almost no one was seated there during the 1 1/2 hours I was at the restaurant.
My red snapper was a little dry and expensive.
Confusing menu as fish was listed only as whole fish.
Waiter(s) were hard to find.

2.0  Dined 7 days ago

Disappointing. I remember when Molyvos was a top-notch restaurant. The space looks a bit dilapidated with ripped fabric on the benches and peeling paint in the bathrooms. The food was just OK. Service was nevertheless good, although our server was very distracted.

bestdad (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined 7 days ago

very average food for Greek restaurant - I love greek food
we expected much more based on the rank

MichaelC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Just a great place for dinner....

vipBeth (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This was my second time at Molyvos. The first was for lunch, this time for dinner. The fish couldn't have been fresher, the food absolutely delicious, and healthy, and the waitstaff were responsive, if not always available. They were helpful. I will definitely go there again and again for an informal meal, and will tell everyone ab out it.

Tania (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Friendly staff, great ambiance, authentic and yummy food.

vipMichaelF (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The food was even better than I remember the last time (a while ago). The dips, Greek salad, lamb shank were also delicious! I will be back. It was my first time since it was renovated. Nice and light!

AuntieM (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

We eat here every time we come to New York. It is not “young and hip;” it’s traditional, old-fashioned, dine-out, white tablecloth, business dinner, but we meet the same friends here on every trip and have recommended it to many others, all of whom have been impressed and delighted. The food is really good (if you like Greek), and the service is attentive without being intrusive (our server asked if we were going to the theater). Not cheap, but also not scarily high-priced. We had some fun cocktails and I definitely recommend the Haloumi cheese.

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Would tell someone if they asked it was okay. Try it for yourself. But, would not go out of my way to recommend.

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

This was, I think, our third or fourth time dining at Molyvos. It's a very pretty place and the food is lovely. We had lunch at 12 prior to a 2pm theater at City Center which is about a block away. The timing was perfect, we got out at about 1:40ish. The service is always fine, and the food, while somewhat limited had something for everyone, meat eaters, vegetarians, even a Weight Watchers member who managed to have a 6 point lunch!

vipLivingston314 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Solid performer. Good Mediterranean Cuisine. Decor tired. Service as adequate. Food was well prepared and very good.

vipGenR (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

My husband and I dined here pre-theatre at City Center. It was our first time at Molyvos. The reception by the mature d’ and others was warm and welcoming. The decor quite appealing. We found the meal to be quite tasty, especially the hors d’ouevres and desserts.

However, at the conclusion, we presented our City Center membership card to the server. He came back to inform us that the 10% offered to members was not valid with a prix fixe meal! I had changed my reservation at another restaurant, specifically because Molyvos was listed as a participant in the membership program. I came, yes, for the benefit, but also to support City Center in its alliance with this venue. (And, btw, this restriction was not mentioned on CC’s member benefits page.). How tacky of them and embarrassing for us. It left a decidedly bad taste in my mouth.