About NAYA Mezze & Grill

New York has never had a Lebanese restaurant like Naya...(The New York Times).

Welcome to NAYA, a modern Lebanese-Mediterranean Mezze and Grill serving traditional Lebanese fare in a contemporary setting. NAYA is a combination of pure tradition mixed with innovation.

Building upon the original techniques and recipes of older generations of Lebanese women, NAYA offers the same respected delicacies from mezze to salads to perfectly char-grilled and seasoned barbecue meats and fish.

1057 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Lebanese, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 55th and 56th Streets

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 319-7777

Website:
http://www.nayarestaurants.com/

Catering:
A dinner, a lunch, a quick-bite, a cocktail party or a banquet, for 10 or 300 people, for your home or company, our New Exclusive Catering Company, HOME MADE NAYA goes to you.
Our services can range from simple gathering to the creation of a custom-made event. We can bring our exclusive cuisine to your doorstep, sending one of our chefs to prepare any of our delicacies. Anything you can imagine could happen with NAYA.

Public Transit:
4, 5, 6, N, R & Q trains to 59th Street/Lexington Avenue.
E, M, & 6 Trains to Lexington Ave/51st - 53rd Streets
M15 Select Bus Service to 57th/1st Avenue Northbound, 57th/2nd Avenue Southbound

Executive Chef:
Hady Kfoury

Private Party Facilities:
Private Dining

Private Party Contact:
Henry Zakaria: (212) 319-7777

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Chef's Table, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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NAYA Mezze & Grill Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.6

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4.3

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4.4

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4.3

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (29)
Authentic (25)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
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Healthy (19)
Fit for Foodies (18)
Great for Lunch (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Good Vegetarian Options (15)
Cozy (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Romantic (12)
Fun (12)
Casual (10)
Business Meals (9)
Tasting Menu (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Tapas (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Vegan (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Organic (4)
Seasonal (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
People Watching (3)
Spicy (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The food here is consistently excellent. There is a large number of appetizers and interesting combinations of dishes. They are presented well and prepared to maximize taste. Even the plain salad was delicious with pita croutons on top. I can't speak to the desserts on the menu at the restauarant because I am always full at the end of the meal and have no room to taste.

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·Dined 6 days ago

The hummus was probably the best I've ever had and the grilled meat option on the menu was incredibly flavorful.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 3, 2017

My boyfriend and I both got sick going here and the food was horrible/ overpriced. We strongly recommend you avoid it at all costs! Their counter-style place nearby called Naya Express is way better and more reasonably priced.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great authentic Lebanese food! We really enjoyed it.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

FANTASTIC - best Lebonese in NYC!
Super service, food and decor

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Quick Bite
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

Food was great, but flexibility with menu selections was not good. Substitutions or accommodating special requests was sternly refused. Other restaurants with better food are more accommodating.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Good Lebanese restaurant with nice decor. Not the best in town, according to me, but surely a good option.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This was my second visit to Naya and it was just as fantastic as the first. The food is absolutely amazing. So much flavor, beautifully presented and just delicious. We ordered the Hummus with ground beef and pine nuts which was so tasty, I'd not had the before, I had grape leaves which are simply the best I've ever had, my parents ordered the lentil soup and raved about it and they both had chicken dishes for their main course. We took nothing home, we ate every bite. Also, they bring a tray of pits chips, olives and a herb dip to the table which I could make a meal of. I have not tired dessert but plan to on my next visit, I can only imagine how delicious that will be too. Do your self a favor and visit them soon. Also, the service staff is very friendly and just attentive enough to make your visit a pleasure.

Tags: Hot Spot, Healthy, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Very consistent I love the humus

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great restaurant , quiet & romantic place
The food was good

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Wonderful food, well presented, great ambience for meals for individuals, couples or small groups

Tags: Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Table for two:
starters brought out 15 minutes apart.
side orders with the main came out during the starters.
mains brought out together, cold!
terrible service for drinks and was not asked how our meels were.

Avoid.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

I love Lebanese food and finally found a place in NYC that does it justice. I highly recommend it!!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Worst wine I've ever had. Food was overpriced and overcooked. Paid over $60 for food and wine I didn't consume.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 19, 2017

The mezzes were superb as usual. The mixed grill plate was great except the shawarma which was too dry.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on September 15, 2017

Highly recommend. Food was excellent. Great atmosphere and great service. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Going there for so many times,Its everyday dining restaurant,over priced,and they are keeping the same menu for years.
It's like a middle eastern dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Excellent food!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

I really, really, really wanted to like Naya but in the end, it was just ok. Food was definitely better than ok (except for a piece of chicken in my dish that was not cooked...) but all around, just ok.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Naya is one of my favorite restaurants to go for lunch in NYC! I am always satisfied!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

NAYA really exceeded our expectations. My wife and I read some good reviews on yelp and decided to book a reservation.

As you might see in photos of NAYA, it's a really cool space. Perfect for couples with cleaver booths for two.

The service is very welcoming. The servers helped us select the right food and drinks. In fact the Lebanese brew recommend was exceptional.

For dinner we both had chicken, which was tender and tasty. The rice was also amazing.

Highly recommend to anyone who likes great food, great atmosphere and great service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Very bad management,...
We have to order the bread while last time they serve it by themselves.
It's going back wards....good food is not enough.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Really well-prepared traditional Lebanese fare, with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and balanced flavors. The tabbouleh, falafel and shish tawouk are among the best we've had. Awesome lamb chops. Fun, modern decor with charming tables for two. Great for a casual date-night.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 28, 2017

Amazingly good Lebanese cuisine, intimate restaurant and seating, and fantastic service!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Great (and busy) neighborhood spot. Well laid out with individual booths. Perfect for a lunch or dinner when one person wants a small amount and the other wants a full meal. Excellent value.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Healthy, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

First visit. Beautiful modern interior. Delicious cuisine.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Wonderful little restaurant with a simple cozy modern ambience. Very accommodating friendly service. Authentic delicious Lebanese food. Lots to try from small plates, dips and entrees.

Tags: Cozy, Tapas, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Healthy, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The service was excellent but honestly I have had better Mediterranean food elsewhere.
Enjoyed the atmosphere.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on August 21, 2017

When we arrived we were greeted in a very friendly manner and brought directly over to our table. We were then greeted by our server, Samer. He was more than welcoming, and extremely helpful in finding items on the menu for my friend with celiac's disease. He was very attentive and went above and beyond in making sure we were comfortable and enjoying everything. He helped us in understanding what some of the items on the menu were and all 3 of us ended up with delicious meals! Our trip to NAYA was a great success, and concluded our first night in the city in the best way! We plan on visiting the restaurant each time we're back in town!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This is a good place to bring a date. However some of the guests in my party thought the meat was a little dry. The presentation of the meal was lovely but it was lacking flavor in some aspects and moisture. The meals should have come with some more condiments such as yogurt sauce or something but they did not. Staff were nice.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Don't miss out on on the baba ganoush; the falafel was ABSOLUTELY PERFECT

Tags: Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Vegan
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Chose this place for dinner, because we were looking for mezze-style options in the area. The food was pretty good and the service was even better. The atmosphere gave off an upscale, but still cozy vibe, which was really nice!

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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great lebenese food felt like we were at home and very friendly and generous with the serving

Tags: Fun, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Healthy
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·Dined on August 11, 2017

Great food and an unexpected interior design! Not sure where/if there is space for a larger group, but we had a lovely dinner for two that felt a bit off the beaten path.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Tapas
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Easy to walk right by this little spot. But don’t! Walk in - and surprise begins. Contemporary design makes narrow space so inviting. And food is really, really interesting middle eastern. Lunch features assortment of first course dips, followed by sandwich or entree. Huge portions - plenty to share or take home. Seasonings are delicate and delicious. Everything we’ve tried after three visits is delicious. Enjoy this 2nd Ave. gem.

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·Dined on August 6, 2017

The food was good. But the ambiance and the decoration don't relate by any means to the real authentic Lebanese culture. I and my wife felt that we were dining in a spaceship rather than a warm Mediterranean place!

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Samer is an excellent food ambassador. He was welcoming and helpful. The food was expertly prepared and presented.

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 (Miami)·Dined on August 1, 2017

What a delightful surprise. Interesting, delicious creative food, prepared beautifully. Can't wait to go back! Friendly, attentive service. Outstanding !!

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Adelaide / SA)·Dined on July 27, 2017

I booked a table for 4 for the lunch through Open Table. The reservation was for 2h30 pm. Once we arrived, the waiter promptly informed us that the food needs to be requested immediately, as the kitchen would close @ 3pm!!!!! If the kitchen closes at 3 pm, then they would not accepted reservations after 2 pm. Absurd! Although the food is very tasteful, the service is really poor.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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 (Caribbean)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Food was excellent and service was very good too. We had Taboula, raw Kubba, Muhammara and then lamb Chops that were amazing and fish. We had Kunafa filled with melted cheese and Halawet Jibn. Highly recommend this place for Lebanese food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Casual, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine
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