Maia Acquaviva, managing partner and executive Chef of Oda House, moved to the United States from the country Georgia in 2007 as a trained plastic surgeon who re-discovered her culinary calling in New York City.
The Great Silk Road passes through Georgia and has played a highly significant role in the country’s culture and history.
As it served as the roadways of cultural exchange, Georgian cuisine has absorbed the best culinary traditions of the many peoples of Asia, the Black Sea coast and Europe.
Georgia is a land where wine has been made for at least 8,000 years. The Georgian tradition of making wine in Kvevri has been added to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
The food is quite good, though not a value compared to more chic Georgian options.
What was most striking was how both the server/ manager and the runner were engrossed in their phones throughout the evening. We had to repeatedly leave our tables and walk over to them in order to get their attention to make our order, ask for our bill, etc.
Food was excellent and it was great for a large group dinner as they were very hospitable and the dishes lend themselves to sharing.
I love Georgian food, and I love this restaurant. My wife and I eat there every time we visit New York city, as do friends of ours to whom we have introduced it. The man in charge (owner? manager?) served our table and c hatted with us about the menu and about our recent visit to Georgia. The service was bait too quick: I would have linger more over the excellent food and wine. All of the employees were Georgians from Tbilisi. Every bit of the five dishes we ordered was delicious--better than I remember having in Tbilisi. The bottle of Mukuzhani wine was equally delicious and reasonably priced. We will go there again at the next opportunity.
This is a second location in NYC (or actually first). Both have very thoroughly prepared food, great service and, most importantly' authenticity. Georgian food and tourism just put their foot in NYC, and I think they deserve to be in the list of the best.
Only 2 people running an entire packed restaurant. No bartenders, no food runners, no waiter staff except them. Very slow service and many things forgotten. Food was mediocre except for a few dishes. I’ve been to Georgia and the food is very different.
Nice place, very good service, my food was great, my friends was good too but he didn’t order correctly for what he wanted, not the restaurants fault tho. Definitely recommended!
First off, the staff at the Oda House was terrific. I believe we were attended by everyone who works there, and they made us feel welcome and as though they cared that we had what we needed and enjoyed our meal. We were at the Lower East Side ( 76 Avenue B) location.
Of course we went for the food, and while we went with simple fare, it was delicious. We had the vegetarian lobio (Pinto beans cooked with onions, fresh herbs served with Mchadi & pickle assortment). Each herb was identifiable and perfect. We also had the megruli which is homemade imeruli & sulguni cheese melted inside yogurt dough, baked with extra cheese on top. I'm not sure what all that means, and there were so many cheese choices that we'll have to go back to try more. It was kind of like NY pizza, but different.
Highly recommend Oda House for Georgian food.
Great food, will be back!
First time visiting Oda House. The food was delicious! I'll be returning.
This is another delicious meal time in Oda House!
Brought a lot of friends already and everyone shared my delight :)
I had a large family gathering here the other night and the staff were fantastic. Great food, great wine and great service!
We love the Georgian food, wine and cozy atmosphere of Oda House!
Very unique menu and was executed perfectly.
Love, love, love Oda House. Food exactly like my mom and family makes it and then some. It is a bit pricey, but so far nobody has complained when I took them there. Definitely an experience for a group of people because you can then share food and try a bit here and there. The noise level goes up after 8 pm. It is recommended to go earlier in the evening if you are bothered by very noisy surroundings.
Tina Turner said it Oda House “Simply the Best”! Fabulous evening at Oda, stayed til the put up the chairs, talking, eating and laughing. And then out of the blue Georgian music comes on and NATO the manager busted out traditional Georgian dance. Was a blast!
We love Georgian food and we’re happy to find Oda House when visiting NYC. Service was excellent - friendly, helpful, attentive, efficient. The food was quite good, authentic and included a number of our Georgian favorites. Nice place but the noise level was horrible and honestly spoiled our meal. Much of the noise was attributable to a large group who were there when we arrived and were still shouting when we left. It is doubtful that we will return.
This restaurant would have had great potential if they just used a LOT less salt so one can actually taste the flavors in the food.
Georgian food is famous for its use of herbs and spices and that is what we expected. Unfortunately, the only thing we tasted is burning in our mouth from so much salt, especially after the lamb stew.
We hope the chef will develop the confidence to rely on other flavors, not just salt, and cut her salt use by about 75 percent.
The adjaruli is both a visual and taste treat. The chankhi, lamb in a clay pot, has wonderful seasoning, but the lamb is quite tough. The wine is excellent but overpriced.
Sveta was in from Moscow again, and said we had to go back! Nato the manager greeted us like long lost family. Completely new wine list and the same delicious food we had last time, and of course we save room for desert!
Loud. Surly waiter. Good bread.
Lovely little place in East village. Servers were friendly and the food was great. I havent had much experience with Georgian food but I found myself trying out lots of things on the menu and not being disappointed. Great spot for a date.
Too loud... should try to install some isolation under the tables and in the dinning area
The food was cold (even soup KHARCHO.) Overall didn't taste as authentical Georgian food.
Must try the Khachpuli - it's the best. The dumplings too. Waitstaff was super friendly and helpful, considering I had no familiarity with the cuisine.
My friend Svetlana was visiting from Moscow. The food is fabulous! Our waitress NATO was helpful, and attentive. Georgian wine is fabulous. Place was packed and for good reason.make sure you save room for desert and Turkish coffee is a must!
I love this place. It’s delicious and the service is fantastic. Thanks!
Food was great
Oda House is always phenomenal. Very filling and it’s good to plan to walk a fair amount after you eat. Shememochema!!
This is simply one of the most delicious and unique cuisines in NYC. Georgian food is jus beautiful. Service is friendly and quick and the ambience is wonderfully cozy and unpretentious. Highly recommended!
Excellent as always!!! High quality Georgian cuisine food, cozy ambience, attentive service! Highly recommend!
Wonderful authentic Georgian food that is hard to find in New York, in a very friendly atmosphere.
Food was amazing !!!!! This is a great place for a date, family feast or hang out with friends.
Lovely experience...wanted to visit after seeing the Tom Papa segment on Baked. Was not disappointed 😊 just delicious.
Love the food, the service, and the space. Great food and a great place to bring friends for a new culinary experience.
Georgian food was truly great and authentic!
I love Georgian food. The dishes are a little pricey, but given that the ingredients are quite expensive (walnuts, tart cherries, etc.), I think you get great value for what you pay. So far, I've liked everything I've tried at Oda House.
Fascinating Georgian food. Be sure to try at least one of the breads, which are specialties. Wine list is entirely Georgian wines, not my favorite but interesting and something definitely worth tasting.