Iris

4.6
299 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Join us for Restaurant Week from 01/18/22 - 02/11/22.

Iris is named for the celebrated Mediterranean flower, and as a gentle nod to the “Evil Eye”, a regional legend known to ward off evil and bring great luck. Located in an iconic building of Midtown Manhattan, Iris is a restaurant that aims to showcase the best preparations of the Eastern Mediterranean region. The ambition behind this culinary initiative is to focus on the style of eating rather than the provenance of each dish. Approachable, wholesome and minimally manipulated, the cuisine will show another facet of the ingredient-forward cuisine that has built John Fraser’s reputation.

In compliance with the NYC mandate on vaccinations, we will now require proof of vaccination for indoor dining. Please provide our Host team with proof of vaccination and valid photo ID upon arrival. Acceptable forms of proof include a vaccination card, the NYS Excelsior Pass, and NYC Covid Safe App.

We look forward to welcoming you at IRIS.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Staff is vaccinated
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 299 people are saying
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vipRichardW
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unusual and exquisite. Service from waiter excellent as well as sommelier. Expensive but worth it. Noise level high but that, too, was ok. Will definitely go back

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Angela
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Very flavorful. The lamb flatbread, the sea bass , and the rice pudding were outstanding.

The service was excellent. Attentive but not intrusive.

We will definitely return.

JK
JudiK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epitomized the perfect NYC dining experience. Wonderful service and food. Loved the long booth. Delicious lamb flatbread, swordfish, octopus, and cocktails.

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vipDonnaM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Great bar and bar tenders. Interesting cocktails. Nice wine by the glass. Food Excellent. Had the pear salad and sardines to start which were both so good. My husband had the short ribs which were tasty and tender. I had the Sea bass which was light and perfectly cooked. No room for dessert. We would definitely return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious! Service was outstanding! A great night out!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The meze were phenomenal, the pear salad quite good, however the eggplant moussaka was all spectacle and no taste.
Nicholas took great care of us!

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NKas
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 8 of us, we book 2 tables of 4 and they were able to seat us next to each other.

Service was great! All the recs worked out perfectly. Not mandatory for the whole table to do the restaurant week menu. We did 3 restaurant week option and also chose from the regular menu.

Oysters and rest week vege app- both very small but delicious
Lamb pie- so good
Lamb sausage- tasty
Octopus- perfectly cooked

Drink- delicious, had the mezcal/ passion fruit and the dill drink (unique ) flavor.
Eggplant entree- very good, flames during presentation
Branzino- very good

Dessert
Baklava- good but ice with it had a harsh alcohol taste
Yogurt- more of a breakfast item, tasted good with the baklava.

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renas
Houston
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nouvelle Greek, with dishes dialed down for an American palate, e.g. kokoretsi. Having said that, dishes were generally very tasty.
Pleasant ambiance, although a little bit of a cold draft from outside at our table.
Very good service.
An interesting wine list.

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Brooks
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

dope place

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OlgaD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I had a very good time here. Food was fresh and delicious, on top of that beautiful presentation! Cocktails were my favorite part! We tried 4 different cocktails and each of them was great! Staff is very attentive and friendly! We’ll definitely be back!

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MarkT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With a crackerjack team of professionals, including beverage directors Amy and Sergei, and a dining room that buzzes with energy without being too loud for civilized conversation, Iris is such a welcome addition to Manhattan's midtown dining scene. Chef John Fraser's menu hits all the best parts of Greek cuisine, including a crowd-pleasing table side moussaka preparation that reminds you how much fun it is to be in a roomful of happy people. A glass of sparkling Tselepos perfectly captures the effervescence of an evening at Iris. Brava and bravo to all involved.

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vipNathanielH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was fantastic, mousakka was an experience! Great service and ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went for restaurant week, which was a good value. Food was good but not great. I am glad I did not pay full restaurant prices for our meal. Our appetizers were better than the entrees by far. Recommend the beef tartare, and assortment of Mediterranean dips. For entrees, the short rib was good but the moussaka was underwhelming.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Will be back

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KMCL
Portland
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience1

played loud disco music all evening, very annoying. Greek salad was mostly tomatoes, no greens. Salmon tartar had roe in it too, sauce made it very loose.
Scallops and Shrimp was good, nothing special.

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vipGary
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Read all the reviews and went with an open mind.

Great space and terrific service!

We started with the Mezze mix and a large Greek salad for our party of 4. While so many reviews mentioned the small sizes of the dips, we were all satisfied with the amounts and quality and would repeat again. Wonderful pita and endive option for our low carb way of eating.

Grilled octopus and lamp chops were fantastic. Moussaka was not a favorite. Finished with the donuts which had a surprise flavor…not on our low carb way of eating list…lol!!’

We will return and give the kebabs a go.

Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our second visit to Iris and this time we brought friends. I thought the food and service was even better than last time. It’s a pricey place for sure but well worth it as food is if a very high standard. Our waiter was brilliant- not pushy, polite and … well extremely good at his job. It was appreciated. We will be back!

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AmyliaK
Seattle
90 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is great, especially anything that comes with the puffy sourdough pita. The best dish is the mastic marinated lamb chops with lamb belly. It's pricey, but absolutely delicious and a big portion too. Scallops were melt in your mouth. Service is attentive, there is an army of helpers standing by to whisk away empty plates, pour water, bus tables. It is on the expensive side, maybe a special occasion type of place.

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viprama
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was a good restaurant but it was not up to the prices.

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mocfrog
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was the second time we had dinner at Iris and we enjoyed it as much as the first time. Excellent food , perfect service , a dining pleasure.
Just one criticism : the noise level, even in spite of the high ceiling.

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JenT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was absolutely amazing and came out fairly quickly too! Greatly enjoyed the duck!

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vipNataliaS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was absolutely delightful. The entire staff was attentive, friendly and helpful with suggestions. The food was just stunning. I’ve had many elevated dining experiences, but this one was particularly special. John Fraser’s creative genius is evident in the unique flavors, textures and beautiful aesthetic choices in his food. Every single bite was as interesting as the last, and I can’t wait to return for yet another culinary journey!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our Host Milos from Croatia greeted us with a big smile & grand welcome. He patiently described the popular menu items. We started with hot pita puffs & a tasty hummus topped with seeds. I’ve returned several times & always order new items. Last night I loved the plump tender lamb chops. Tiny miniature crispy donuts ended a dining “experience”. Milos & waiter Nicklaus, created a very indulging environment. We look forward to returning. Also Love Iris’ long bar & lounge - A convivial atmosphere. Xoxoxo Bonnie

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paulp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely i reccomend. The purity and simplicity of greek food but with more flavor!

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Kathy
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent and the service was great.
We were sitting behind the host table so it was cold every time the door opened.
Other than that, a great experience.

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PavurS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good Greek/Turkish/ Continental food served in an elegant but casual dining room. A very fine choice of small and medium plate options. Specifically good were roasted eggplant, cured fluke, beef tartare, spinach orzo, lamb sausage and octopus. Very good Entree options (fish especially) that are often big enough to be shared (tasted in the past - not this visit). Decent dessert selection - pistachio baklava is good. Good selection of Greek, French and American wines moderately priced (for midtown Manhattan). Restaurant is very conveniently located for dinner after matinee or before evening Broadway shows - most theaters are within 10-15 min relaxed walk.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can’t wait to go back!

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vipMarkko
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great looking space, very good menu, wine choices, service and food.

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vipdebbig
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food service and ambiance was exceptional
i cant wait to retun

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JPAWIMINYDE
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely all around. Excellent service. Great food. Helped us get to the theatre on time. Outstanding salads, eggplant, flat bread, bread. Wonderful non-alcohol drinks.

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bc2021
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious - great depth of flavor and variety, including vegetarian options. And the staff were extremely kind and attentive. Highly recommend.

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vipDisappointing
New York Area
195 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Bumbling service (which improved when the sommelier took over. Pretentious, ridiculously priced wine list. Miniscule appetizers. Disappointing entrées, perhaps because of my disappointment that the one course I really wanted was no longer available. Bottom line: high expectations, very low returns.

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vipBarryB
Minneapolis
15 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, good wine, attentive service, very pleasant room.

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QPan
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh and delicious. Our server and other staff were incredibly attentive. Our server was knowledgeable about the dishes and was honest when making recommendations, in light of the feedback we provided. Would fine again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was a pleasant surprise!
Service is not up to part yet.

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vipamymark626
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place. The food was delicious and the attention to detail was impeccable. The service was friendly and welcoming. We really felt like we'd found a gem and somewhere we will return to again and again.

MR
vipMarilynR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in NYC for me. The food is delicious and innovative. The service is excellent. The ambience elegant but homey

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible service, very friendly staff and great food

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Xoel
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

IRIS is one of those places you're glad you experienced but don't think you need a second experience. Food portions are nouvelle-small. The variations on classic Mediterranean dishes work sometimes, e.g. moussaka w potatoes and fennel; other times not, e.g. baklava that smells like a cocktail and a cocktail that smells like feet.
One wonders how the chef might have nouvelized classics missing from the menu, e.g. kadaifa and Greek yogurt w honey and walnuts. Good selection of normally priced food and wines. The atmosphere and service are serviceable, informal and friendly. The 'music,' however, is loud, abrasive (acid rock) and out of place (reggae). I would recommend IRIS ... once.

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TahirahS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Made a 2:45 reservation not knowing that the kitchen closed at 3. The waiter rushed me to order & was so rude I was blown away. I explained that I made a 2:45 reservation so why would the restaurant allow that if they knew the kitchen closed at 3? The manager let us order & eat but the waiter continued to rush us for the next 90min. I wish I would’ve followed my instincts and went elsewhere. Only plus side was the very nice bartender, wish I could’ve tipped HER but she left before I could. Thank you for my amazing french martini bartender, only good part of the service!

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Iris is rated 4.6 stars by 299 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.