Iris

4.6
237 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
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 237 people are saying
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ChiNYC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall2food3service2ambience5

We asked about portions, they didn’t mention how small they were. They also try to rush you through your meal. They asked to take my plate twice while I was mid bite.

The mezze mix was a joke, $46 and they give you barely any hummus or the whipped feta dip (small amount of others but a thimble of the hummus, literally)… and TWO pitas. Two. The Greek salad was more of a tomato and cucumber salad with 2 olives, a few random leaves (literally enough to count), and maybe 5 pieces of feta. The moussaka was okay, definitely not worth even over $15. Save your money or take it to a better establishment.

CB
CraigB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The lamb is to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My parents and I went here before seeing Caroline or Change at Studio 54 Theater. The food was delicious and very flavorful. We had the Truffle Manti, Greek Salad, Winter Squash Flatbread, Diver Shrimps and Scallops, and Dorade. For dessert we had Greek Donuts with Pomegranate sauce.

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vipSteveB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice new venue. Food excellent. Secind visit. Definitely going to go back

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vipSaverin
New York Area
234 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A longtime fan of all of Fraser's spots, this was the only subpar meal I've evr had.(We're all human). A bit more difficult have been the circumstances surrounding the beginning lunch service. Eagerly awaiting lunch service, I was delighted to get email announcing it. Reserved at once. Problem: no menu.Repeated e mails and two phone calls finally produced one, though after the first week of service it is still not online.
Our meals were underwhelming. Menu is disjointed and it wasn't easy putting together a lunch. A fluke crudo was all right, if a lackluster presentation. My Turkish spicy lamb flatbread was an uninspired, dry affair, with hardly a trace of the apparently priceless lamb(chops on menu are an incredible $65,
with only a sauce and I guess knife, fork, plate and napkin). My friend found chicken gyro mediocre. A relative bright spot: Heretofore my only complaint about Fraser has been what I consider his, even by NYC extortion standards high wine markups. A bit of diligence produced a satisfying bottle at only 425% markup with tax and tip. My friend won't but I'll probably return after awhile having enjoyed so many wonderful meals with Fraser OT only allows a yes/no response to recommending Iris. On the basis of four or five fine meals a reluctant yes.
Service was fine.

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dcdinergh
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Octopus dish was OK but not inspiring. The lamb on Turkish bread not good. Salad not particularly good. Overall, disappointing. Especially given the price.

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vipScarsdaleeater
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We have been to the restaurant several times. We love the food…always. Last night the service was not up to the standards of the restaurant.

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vipfabulousmeal
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute perfection. The meal divine, service excellent (thank you Nicolas) and ambiance beautiful.

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FrankA
New England
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lunch. Perfect spot for a lunch meeting

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vipkleeny88
New England
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent overall experience. Expertly cooked meal, good service, beautiful dining room. An elegant restaurant to take your parents or celebrate a special occasion - can fit larger parties.

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vipLivingsum
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really well prepared food, but a bit expensive for what you actually get. As an example, the size of the "large" greek salad is laughable. Service is frequently distracted but always friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! So delicious! Also, superb service ! As soon as I let the staff know I needed to be out by a certain time to catch a show they made it happen! Definitely recommend!

CB
ChefBobo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is quickly becoming my favorite. The food is delicious, the service delightful and the general atmosphere is warm and welcoming. Nice place to relax and enjoy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very enjoyable

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous dinner and cannot wait to return
Everything was perfect

MO
MandyO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious menu - our server Nicolas was so warm and welcoming - he made it a great experience!

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vipAnna
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We found the space to be nice and airy, but the downside is that the noise level is very high. The Host/Sommelier was great and was very knowledgeable about the wine list, especially the Greek wines, enabling us to try something new. The food was very good, especially the Hake which was light and delicious!!

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vipEdwardK
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful oysters! Spacious seating . We enjoyed every bite

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vipAnne
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A very pleasant lunch with friends. We could talk and hear each other. This is unique in restaurants these days. The food was quite good and the selection large and varied. A real treat to dine here. the service was friendly and good but like many restaurants now, they seemed to be understaffed.

JK
JerryK
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent: the waiter recommended an excellent white to pair with my scallops. The ambience was very cool, and the food was delicious.

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viplouis
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very impressed

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vipSENEM
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We loved the ambiance, great decor, especially good if you’d like to have a conversation over dinner. Not loud at all. Suitable for dates.
Staff was very attentive, kind and knowledgeable.
Food was good, we specifically liked the Turkish flatbreads with spinach and squash. Dolma and eggplant were good but not special, same as kokoretzi. We found the rice pudding delicious.
Overall we liked it, high quality of Aegean food in midtown Manhattan and not predictable style, either. It is a bit pricy but I still recommend it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing. Drinks and wine great. The service, although friendly and efficient, was a little unprofessional. The dishes were "auctioned" at the tables instead of placed in front of the diner, (first knowing who gets what). The "runner" was reaching over the guest to pour sauce on other guests dinner. Dishes were being cleared before everyone was done eating. These are details which should be upheld in this kind of dining environment. The service should have the same high standards as there food/menu/atmosphere.
I'm hopeful they'll get it right in the future.

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AdamG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

Returned here after having a great meal the first time but sadly it seemed pretty chaotic last night. Had to repeatedly ask for the check so we didn't miss a show as the food was very slow coming out. Our waiter was nice and thanked us for our patience but I was pretty stressed and disappointed.

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vipJeanneL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the food and I'm always looking for a Mediterranean food.

I've been in the business and I would make one suggestion: The appetizers were fabulous but I would make a more impressive display. The waiter brought over these little dishes and put them one by one on the table
and it lost its effect. Present them on a tray or display so that it gets the credit it deserves.

Also MUCH TOO NOISY. COULD HARDLY HEAR. PEOPLE WERE ALL COMPLAINING AND WILL NOT GO BECAUSE OF THAT!

Your outdoor terrace is very chic and well designed.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and the food was spectacular. Highly recommend the quail!!!!

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ClassicRestaurantGuy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was fantastic, friendly and informative.


Great overall package!!

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vipjanisE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Eggplant moussaka was terrible - mystery ingredients…
Noise level pretty high.
Hard to get any server’s attention at first, then it got a little better.
Pita was OK - $5.00 for a 5-inch skinny round;
Greek Salad had pieces of tomatoes, cucumbers and a few olives.
I would never return.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good meal in a warm
And inviting atmosphere.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely dinner. I had the salmon tartare and calamari as appetizers and the sea bass as my entree. My dessert was the pistachio baklava. The bass was my favorite!

BK
BarbaraK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is interesting, refined and expertly cooked and served. We ordered five small plates to share and the fried eggplant, humus and spinach flatbread were fantastic. Pita bread is fresh, fluffy and right out of the oven. The service is perfect - attentive but not intrusive.

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viprachel
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Overpriced for the portion size. Tiny tiny portions and so so expensive!

RG
RichardG
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Nice service, excellent food, and the noise level acceptable
But a large table of noisy people left soon after we arrived otherwise it would not give been good .
I will definitely return. Waiter with a full head of bushy hair was very attentive

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fabdani
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and excellent Mediterranean-inspired food. Beautiful ambiance. A midtown gem

DT
DennyT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great cocktail at the bar, I had the Manhattan, interesting selection of Turkish and Greek wines, we chose the former. Entrees and starters were fabulous though portions were small. Great ambiance for romantic dinner or a regular weekend night out.

MP
MicheleP
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Waiter very uninterested in our experience.. there to take the order and move on .. never checked on us . Ancillary assistants were great !

JM
JulieM
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience! Ticked off all of the boxes for service, quality, presentation. Bonus was the sommelier - totally approachable and engaging and very knowledgeable about their Greek wine selections. And we got a little pressed for time and couldn't stay for dessert. Our server didn't miss a beat when we informed him and seamlessly presented our bill in place of the dessert menus. Great reminder that truly professional service is still to be found.

RS
vipRonnieS
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Can’t wait to return!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our experience. The host was charming and accommodating.

Thank you.

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vipBetsy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. The mezze platter is a great way to start a convivial evening.

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Iris is rated 4.6 stars by 237 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.