Ousia

4.5
392 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean

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About

Ousia, a Greek-focused Mediterranean concept from the family-owned and operated Livanos Restaurant Group, brings an intimate shared dining experience to Manhattan for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Celebrating the rich traditions of Mediterranean cuisine in the form of shareable plates, Executive Chef Carlos Carreto crafts memorable meals packed with beloved Greek flavors. Our comforting interpretations of classic recipes arrive at the table in a format that encourages communal dining among friends and family. Director of Operations Kamal Kouiri, who oversees the wine program, complements the chef’s creations with a similarly Greek-centric Mediterranean list accompanied by a selection of innovative cocktails and craft beers.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian / Vegan
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Hours of operation
Monday: 12pm - 10pm
Tuesday-Friday: 12pm - 11pm
Saturday: 11am to 11pm
Sunday: 11am to 10pm

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Phone number
(212) 333-2000
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carlos Carreto
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th Ave
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Parking details
Ousia offers validated parking with our neighboring parking garage for $12. Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Accessible via the 59th Street – Columbus Circle Subway Station (A, B, C, and D lines); M57 bus; CitiBike at 58th Street and 11th Avenue; parking garage accessible via 57th Street and 58th Street
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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London
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was ok, great service

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L
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great authentic sushi

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BD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was basically good. My appetizer of Octopus was meager and very salty. Main course of stuffed pepper was tasty and almond cake dessert was very good but baklava was dry. Service was excellent. Friend had appetizer of meatballs with cumin which looked very good. Salad served with fish was too salty. We liked fact that it was moderately quiet.

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We were 4 people who all had excellent meals. Not a poor dish in the bunch. This is why Ousia is one of my favorites

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I would go back. The ambience and service were great. The food was unbelievable.

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AR
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service and staff. Very prompt and accommodating. Loved the meal presentation.

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MI
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 4

The space is amazing. But, the service lacked lack lustre.


We got there around 7 or before and didn't leave for 3.5 hour. That was a long time.

Our drinks took forever. When the drinks were brought over, one drink was missed. Had to ask for it.

The appetisers came out and Again, one item was missed and had to be asked for.

There was some sort of miscommunication between the staff. We were half way through eating dinner and I saw another staff member bring our dessert. There were exchanges between the staff and the guy with dessert huffed and puffed and went back

The dessert was dry and not the greatest.

I don't understand why it took so long and why things were missed. Since the restaurant was not busy.

I like and give good reviews. It really has to be not good for me to talk about it.

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious and the staff wonderful (although one member told us that dessert was not included on the restaurant week menu for lunch although it was on line- however our server knew better and he brought us dessert). They allowed us to sit for 2 hours undisturbed and could not have been nicer.
Lovely room as well.
Would love to return.

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VH
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the Greek cuisine and Ousia did not disappoint.
We'll be back!

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MC
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My Niece was in town. She is a Vegan so I wanted to make sure she had a great meal. Not just take her to a restaurant and hope she could find something on the menu. The food and service were great. To my surprise my meal was delicious and as a Non-Vegetarian/Vegan I will be back!

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OT
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A solid restaurant with interesting food. Prices are a bit on the high side but overall a nice place for a quick dinner.

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O
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for brunch before a film at the Landmark. The restaurant is beautiful and very comfortable. The food was very good although at brunch not very complex. I had the Greek Diner (eggs, toast, bacon, lemon potatoes). Others had the hamburger, the kale salad and the yogurt. We all enjoyed our meals. The location is not ideal as it's very far West. Will definitely go back.

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T
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was my second time there. This time around we came late to dinner 9:15 pm. Still the Resteurant was full and bustling. Yet another great experience. The food was very good. Our friends wanted wine instead of sangeria and that was a bit difficult to compare Greek wines to French... but we still had good!
Also they ran out of two of my favorite authentic Greek deserts.
Overall great place, food, ambiance.

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DR
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so lucky to have Ousia in the neighborhood. But even if it required more than several blocks walk, we would go to Ousia because the food is excellent, the room is handsome and service is casual but very good. This time I tried the special swordfish and really enjoyed it. The spreads are delicious too (as is the pita which comes with the spreads or can be ordered on its own). We have eaten at Ousia many times now and each time have had delicious food.

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G
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food good but service so-so
Waiter with little knowledge of wine. We ordered a salad and asked if it would suffice for 2- told not but it certainly could. We asked that a hot appetizer be served post salad but it came with the salad and while still eating the appetizers, entrees served. Had to ask for utensils for the entree and had to ask for tablecloth to be cleaned post entree.

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JW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There was a large selection of Greek and Greek inspired foods to choose from. I liked the choice of soups, appetizers, medium plates and main plates so you could mix and match and in that way share the tastes.
Our server was very attentive. The space was large so you didn’t feel crowded by a table too close to you. Also, if you’re driving, it’s possible to find street parking. There is also a parking lot next store which gives reduced rates if dining at Ousia.

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EP
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot, good food, good ambience. Place came recommended from a friend and it did not disappoint.

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C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Would highly recommend it to all. Some of the best Greek food I have had outside of Greece!!

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CB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Great wine list. Good food. Good service. A little out of the way, but really enjoyed!

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S
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant was sensational! The food was served beautifully and the taste was outstanding! This restaurant is a winner! We will definitely return; a winner!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Superior wait staff and quiet enough to have a conversation

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l
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

my glass of wine was spilled, but other than that service was good

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ML
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was lovely,the service was erratic.

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P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my 4th or 5th time dining here. These guys nail it every time! I’m going back tonight! :)

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C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Greek food I’ve eaten outside of Greece! I highly recommend this restaurant!!!

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1
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently wonderful. Any time of day/evening food is superb, service is welcoming, ambience lovely. Casual ambience great design. A winner & highly recommended

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a few clients from out of town that I brought to Ousia. They enjoyed it and had a great time, and we were met with great service. Thanks again!

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c
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My daughter and I dined at Ouisa pre-theater. We had some yummy dips with veggies and then enjoyed the spinach pie platter (which they modified for me to eliminate the cheese and sausage on the plate) and a salad. The service was great!

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w
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the food, was disappointed the Guinness wasn't on tap. Overall nice.

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t
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Found this gem on an online search. Saturday afternoon brunch with friends. Service, food, ambiance - all superb. Restaurant is minutes away from river walk - either prior to or after dining. Looking forward to going back. Macaron Trifle Desert is a MUST have.

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d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was friendly and helpful. Ambiance was so pretty! Street parking exists! Fresh and delicious food!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Roasted pepper and feta. Dorade and of course Greek salad!

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D
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 5

It's a lovely space and they have superior food. I had the salmon souvlaki and it was good. It comes with a sauce on the side. I'm not a fan of citrusy sauces, if you're not either, I'd suggest getting taramasalata or taziki, both of which they make exceptionally well. The greek salad was delicious. Very fresh and tasty. I had a great drink, A Drunk Farmer, which I highly recommend. The only downside was the server. She kept forgetting everything. Water/Drink/Salt/Check. There were people in the restaurant, but it wasn't crazy busy, so I didn't understand why it was so difficult for her. Thankfully there was a manager on the floor and he picked up the slack.

Also, they have a great happy hour where the daiquiri of the day is $7. It's also a great place for a quick snack or meal before a movie at Landmark57-- which has a bar/restaurant but the food isn't special and the drinks are way overpriced, like $16 for a cocktail. And that doesn't even include a bowl of those janky bar type peanuts or nibbles.

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l
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food, highly recommend the pistachio edamame dip - skip the hummus. Grilled octopus is great and the pita is tasty. Drinks are a little expensive and wine list is mostly from Greece. Overall great place, have dined here multiple times

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ET
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

There are not yet many restaurants in this emerging district on the western edge of 57th Street, and fewer even of Greek restaurants. So, Ousia certainly fills a niche. The place is spacious, open, and attractive, and the service is friendly and efficient. While offering both small and full plates of some Greek classics, Ousia's menu is more American-Greek than authentic Greek. That said, Ousia is a nice addition especially when catching a film at the wonderful Landmark 57 Theater.

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DR
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ousia is a favorite of ours. The restaurant is handsome. Everything I have eaten here has been delicious. Particularly good are the kale salad, scallops, the chicken, each of the spreads we have tried such as hummus and edamame/pistachio. Can't wait to go back.

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G
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Restaurant is about 10 yards away from Landmark movie theater and makes a nice addition to a movie afternoon or evening. Easy and friendly and a real suburban feel.

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S
New York Area
150 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Ousia, near New jersey, but little else as yet,is an attractive spot. Bargain lunch is, at $22 sorely lacking in food of interest. Avgolemono soup only fair and a chicken entree decent enough. With one waitress for the room, service was not much. Highlight of the meal was a glass of Ommegang beer. See no reason to return with so many better Greek restaurants more accessible. On the limited basis of our meal, not one of the Livanos's winners.

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HN
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The martinis (vodka and gin) were good and so was the Baklava. For main courses, skip the rooster with hand rolled pasta. Scallops were good.

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OT
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to Hell’s Kitchen, this restaurant is great for many occasions: special occasion, dinner out with significant other, friends gathering. Not recommended for families with children. Chill vibe and great atmosphere. Well thought out interior design and an amazing ambiance are topped off by some super cocktails that are light and clean on the palette; main course had the filet mignon. Seriously must try that and the hummus. Small plates were on point as well; table attendant was attentive and not invasive. Good meal, timely service, beautiful atmosphere and menu. Well done.

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