Molyvos

4.4
4547 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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JL
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Reliable service and always wonderful eats!

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LM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent and noise level reasonable. As a bonus, they served tea in actual pots as it should be served. I would definitely return and recommend this restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Fantastic dining experience for a special occasion!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Molyvos was great - food and atmosphere were wonderful. However after booking with Open Table and eating there I got an email telling me it did not qualify for point with Open Table -why not ??

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CT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My family and I enjoyed an excellent meal at Molyvos recently. Everything we ordered was delicious and the portions were a good size -- not too much, not too little. The dining room is cozy, yet gives customers breathing room, so you are not on top of the next table, like so many New York restaurants these days. And the service was good, though it took a little while to get our waiter's attention. Highly recommend if you are seeing something at Carnegie Hall, City Center, or Studio 54. Will be back.

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AL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is highly overrated. The quality of the food is below average, and definitely not worth the money. The portions are small. The crab cake appetizer was miniscule, and we have eaten better quality crab cakes in in NJ diners. I will not recommend Molyvos to anybody, even though the location is convenient for visitors who stay in local hotels. There are plenty of other places in the neighborhood..

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

Our waiter disappeared after serving the main course. Gave us dessert menu and then apparently had another diner with special food allergy issues (so manager told us) and he never came back. After waiting 25-20 minutes to order after dinner drinks and dessert we got our check and went elsewhere for the drink/dessert.

Terrible management of the situation. We were seared steps from the reception desk and bar. And no one thought to have someone else assist us. I finally had to flag someone down to get attention / our bill. The food was excellent but the experience ended on an extremely negative note.

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JR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and really good Greek food. Greek wines were featured and quite good. Well worth a visit.

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J
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Seated in noisey bar area. Waited 20 minutes for someone to take drinks order. Had to request a waiter to take order. Food was over priced.

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AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Decent restaurant for the area and the price. Food was above average and they were very cognizant of peoples show times based on where it was.

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EM
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a treat. Started with the grilled Molyvos vegetables and then the baby lamb chops. Perfection!

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OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Although Molyvos was once a wonderful place to eat and done, t no longer is. Sure, the service is still attentive, prompt, and courteous.But the service can’t make up for the items that have fallen off the menu such as the giant lima beans. Moreover, drinks are expensive and measured with an eyedropper. Overall the value has become poor to fair at best. Take a pass.

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c
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always comforting to see the owner, in this case, Mr. Livanos on site! food is authentically Greek, reminds me of my Yiayia's cooking....

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OB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had a business dinner here, reserved in advance, showed up on time. Very cold / awkward greeting by the host, and things went downhill from there. Took 15+ minutes to flag down someone to order wine. Dry white that was recommended was sweet, tried two others and none were very good. A fair amount of the dishes were pretty good, but the shrimp souvlaki was burned/charred and not in a good way, and the 2 pound whole snapper was dry and bland. I was deciding between this place and Milos, the only thing I liked better about this place is the noise level is lower. If you are looking for great food and service, try elsewhere.

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AZ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT food, service and ambience. I eat here every time I come to NYC.

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RK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of had dinner after a matinee and to celebrate an impending retirement. Molyvos was perfect. Two vegetarians and 2 omnivores and we had so much to choose from! All of it delicious. Octopus appetizer one of best I’ve ever had. Flaming cheese app dramatic - and tasty! Service was attentive, not intrusive. Desserts were creative and delicious. Beautiful restaurant and great food.

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C
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect place to enjoy a meal pre/post City Center

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T
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is and always is a great experience

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EV
New York Area
271 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always reliable as a place to eat before a concert at Carnegie Hall or an event at City Center. And if you have time, or even works for Lincoln Center or Broadway. Not an inexpensive meal for what one gets, but the quality is usually quite high. What made our evening somewhat special was the joyful service we had from our server, Despina. She could give lessons about customer service.

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LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous as always. Have been here several times when staying at the Park Central hotel across the street. Everything has been excellent. The service is also top notch - professional and unobtrusive. To top it all off, prices are reasonable. I would highly recommend and will definitely be back.

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waitress was helpful offering us a taster when chosing some wines by the glass.
Otherwise the food was very good. Dorade super moist and the grilled octopus was tender.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Had bad beets. Told the server and he denied that they were bad. I was sick before the meal was over. Won’t be back.

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HW
New York Area
950 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I've always thought that Molyvos was one of NYC's better restaurants, but my most recent dinner there was slightly disappointing. The food was less transporting than usual, and service was surprisingly slow. I'll return, but with less eager anticipation than usual.

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m
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food
Great service
Portions could have been a little larger

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy dinner at Molyvos. If they have the marouli salad, order it!
Very handy to Carnegie Hall -- which means that after about 7:30 the restaurant gets much quieter.

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HO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Fabulous Greek food. The avgolemeno soup is the best I have ever had.

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GC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

always lovely food here, particularly the moussaka!

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SR
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Molyvos is conveniently located near Carnegie Hall and serves delicious Greek food in an efficient and friendly manner. The menu, which includes small plates and fish, offers something for every taste. It's not cheap.

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JR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The service was good and the food was excellent. We went for lunch, and it was fairly quick and efficient. They were accommodating to us, as we decreased the number of people from the original reservation.

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PJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous with a extensive and interesting menu. Was a lovely evening in a lovely room. Busy on a Saturday night but the sound level was fine and very attentive staff made this a special evening.

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D
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The service was so poor that despite our arriving 15 minutes early at 6 PM we were unable to have dessert and coffee before we had to leave to make an 8 O'clock curtain at 47 Below.
The scallops were wonderful.

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MC
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

had eaten there several times in the past when visiting NYC. always good. this time a big disappointment

surly waiter who made no attempt to interact with us

ordered an ice tea. never offered to refill it

ordered a greek coffee and a desert. coffee came. desert never appeared. when asked staff seemed clueless

no longer a place to look forward to

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food!!!!

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A
Washington DC
198 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

We were quite disappointed. We met another couple for dinner. We shared spanakopita as our appetizer, and then shared a small order of grape leaves and an order of moussaka as our entrée. The others had salmon and the mixed shellfish platter. We were disappointed in our meal. The spanakopita were very thin (little filling) and were so uniform that they looked like they were factory-made. The moussaka was just OK. But the grape leaves were awful (at least to our taste). It seemed as if the shells were not grape leaves but some sort of dough, and the filling was just very distasteful. The waitress didsuggest a very nice, but pricey, red wine. We were especially disappointed because we chose the restaurant. We won't be back.

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j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The shrimp salad is delicious! I love the remodel.

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ST
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

An excellent find for pre-Carnegie hall. The appetizers were deliciously prepared. The grilled octupus flavorful and NOT chewy. The whole Branzino was delectable and with a glass of Cretan white wine an excellent pre-theater combination. Molyvos will be a welcome addition to a limited choice of excellent pre-theater restaurants.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

We have been coming to Molyvos for nearly 20 years. A truly disappointing experience this time. Indifferent service (asked for butter for bread THREE times, including from one of the managers), small portions, higher prices. Waiter paid most attention to the Greek speaking foursome next to us, returning to their table multiple times, while we were ignored. So sorry we tipped over 20%. (and all for $300.)
See no reason to return, do you ?

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E
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

THE GOOD:

The octopus was the best I've ever had, and I am a 30-year pescatarian.
The squid was absolutely fantastic, the best I've ever eaten.
The lamb chops were perfect, says my daughter who devoured them.
The meatballs were very good, says my cousin who left none for anyone else.
The marouli salad was the best salad that two vegetarian's had eaten in a long time.
The cheeses were great, especially the kaseri (my favorite cheese) and the mizithra.
The scallops were good, four sea scallops for $34
The taramasalata was fresh home-made, perfectly done.
The wine list has hundreds (maybe a thousand -- literally) of selections.

THE BAD:

The bread served when we sat down was chewy and nobody wanted to eat it.
Looked like store bought flat bread pretending to be pita that had gotten microwaved
for 10 seconds.

The spinach rice balls (spanakorizo keftedes) were perfectly fried, were
very yummy, and disappeared in 10 seconds. That's because they're
only half the size of a golf ball and you only get 3 pieces for $12.

The wild greens pie was terrible. Tasted like mushy frozen
store bought products, and 3 two-bite-sized pieces for $12.

The halibut filet was dry and way overpriced for the size of the portion, which
was cut thin for halibut and did not seem fresh, but I can't say it was previously frozen.
It was prepared over what looked like spiralized veggies, which were a little bland.
Came with a salad, which was much better. No starch came with the meal.
They do have a selection of whole fresh fish displayed on ice, but we didn't order any whole
fish so I can't comment on those. Prices are $32-$40 per pound.

THE UGLY:

The price out the door for a party of 5 was over $850, about $300 of which
was for 3 bottles of mediocre wine. The drinks are expensive, cocktails are
$14 or $15 each, cheapest draft beer $8.

OVERALL:

I would definitely go back to Molyvos, but would go more often if it were
a better value.

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LE
Los Angeles
91 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went after theater. Great place to share dishes with friends. Great martinis, octopus, scallops and lamb. I look forward to going back.

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AS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I arranged for a pre-theater family dinner at Molyvos this past Saturday. The food was solidly appetizing, the service attentive and quick, and the noise level low — a rarity in Manhattan! Highly recommend.

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