Molyvos

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4789 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek

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Pre/post Theatre
A Livanos' family creation, Molyvos is the closest you can get to Greece in New York City. Critics agree that Molyvos serves perhaps the finest example of Greek cuisine in New York, and beyond. People from around the world have discovered that Molyvos serves the true foods and wines of Greece, along with a large dose of the country’s warm and lively spirit. Molyvos’ menu is built upon the home-style cooking of Greece using authentic recipes, classical cooking techniques and superior ingredients. The wine list, under the keen direction of Kamal Kouiri, is unique for its depth and breadth of excellent Greek labels and small producers from the Mediterranean whose wine deserves to be enjoyed. Molyvos also boasts a carefully selected Pre and Post-theatre menu that perfectly accompanies an evening of entertainment.
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C
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

CL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience4

staff was wonderful!
food was underwhelming...
potions were very small
overall disappointing!

RH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was fabulous.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server spent special attention to or food and wine experience, I would recommend this restaurant to everyone for any occasion!

d
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

They brought the wrong food for one and nothing for the other person. Long wait to get the missing person's food. Had to find the waiter to get the check. Only 1 of 4 plates served was good, other 3 bad.

DK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with a friend before seeing a show at the City Center...it was perfect. Delicious food & great service! Will definitely be back again!

C
New York Area
68 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there before theatre. Service was attentive and prompt without making us feel rushed. And food was delicious! A new favorite!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Service level was lacking in many respects even though place was mot busy. Probably won't return

d
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely experience. The entire staff was very professional, attentive, and helpful. Dining room is open, airy, and comfortable - there is more space between tables than is typical in the city. Will definitely return.

B
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We were disappointed by food: An appetizer of Braised Calamari Kokkinisto was ok, nothing special. Don’t order the Maine lobster pasta - the pasta was way overcooked & not very flavorful & there were only 2 tiny & not easily chewable pieces of lobster meat.
The service was very good, as always.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here after MoMA before a Broadway show. The food was excellent though perhaps the portions were a bit small for the price. Our waiter and the whole staff were lovely. Would return for a special occasion.

J
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Not worth it

KR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the best Mediterranean food in NYC. My favorite restaurant of 2019!

c
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I had a party of six on a Sunday evening; everyone enjoyed their food however, I was embarrassed as I had to ask twice to have our table waited on. Drinks were slow in coming once we were waited on, so I can only assume that the bar needed help. If busy, you wait staff should be told to recognize a table with either water, bread etc. and told that they would be back.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

This visit was not nearly as impressive as the first time I went. This time we were left shivering outside in the cold, with door not unlocked until 5 p.m. when a young lady opened it and apologized, saying the locked door had something to do with a power outage earlier. I didn't understand that, but didn't question it. The restaurant sign said they do not open until 5 p.m. on Sundays, which we thought was strange (strange that they don't open earlier. So if they don't open until 5, isn't that why door was locked? I don't know). It would have been nice if door was unlocked earlier so we could have waited in the vestibule.

Then we went to the hostess who seemed to have trouble locating our reservation, didn't read it and thought we were with a party of five. We were two people, as was stated on reservation. Then she seated us in front as opposed to the more private and appealing back area which was empty. No idea why. Our soup was served cold and it took a long time to get hot bowls. When they came, they were burning hot. When it cooled off enough to taste, it was good, as was our entrees. We could not use a credit card to pay due to earlier power outage and of course we realize that was not the fault of the restaurant. The server was very concerned about how my mother filled out a form so her credit card could be charged the next day. That was fine but I wish he had paid that much attention to how and when our soup had been prepared, served and then served again. Also, someone might want to tell the staff not to argue with each other loudly in front of customers. We thought it was kind of funny, but some of your patrons might find it disquieting. Probably won't go again and wouldn't recommend to anyone without giving the whole picture. We have paid two visits to another Greek restaurant in midtown that has a more extensive menu, lower prices, better service and hot food. So why go back to Molyvos? Not worth the extra money and not worth a long wait in the cold.

MA
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

When we arrived at the restaurant - after a 40 min drive - we found it closed due to an electricity-related problem. Is it too much to expect a courtesy text to customers that had made reservations for that afternoon? I don't think so!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The Michelin guide promised an elegant setting with white tablecloth and I chose this place in order to celebrate my friend’s birthday. I called in advance to reserve the large booth table I saw in the photo in Michelin guide. When we got to the restaurant we got that table without a white tablecloth and when I asked to put it, one of the managers told me that they don’t have a tablecloth for that table which is obviously not true. We were all very disappointed to seat in the only table in the restaurant without a tablecloth, although we celebrated a special occasion.

GK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The restaurant has to better on their servings or price. Two stuffed peppers shouldn't cost $30

D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. One of our favorite restaurants, with hearty entries like the short ribs or large appetizers to make a meal like the beets with garlic sauce and crab cakes. And the Greek desserts are a special treat!

PP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Molyvos is our go-to Greek Restaurant for pre-theater dining. The food is always great, the environment pleasant and the service prompt and friendly. The seafood pilaf and spanakopita are fabulous.

AS
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here and will definitely go back. The service was outstanding from the minute we walked in the Maitre D greeting us and sitting us. The server was professional and knowledgeable of all the dishes we asked about. The food was delicious! I thought a few items were little over priced but after tasting it, it was worth the money! Highly recommend the lamb chops. The flavor was incredible! Cooked perfect! Highly recommend this place

F
1 review
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food! Especially loved the grilled octopus appetizer.

p
New England
29 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff makes all the difference ! Loved it so much we had dinner there 2 nights in a row! Love Molyvos!

HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good choice for pre-theater at City Center, which is around the corner

M
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an overall local gem! Excellent wine, great food and amazing service.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely space, great food and service!

l
Philadelphia
32 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Greek food, attentive service, extensive menu

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2019
Overall4food4service1ambience4

Took an hour to get our food . Way too long

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal after a long work day! Great ouzo!

VF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Best bet near Carnegie Hall

w
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on 4 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great service and food. definitely will return! love the ambience. thank you for making a birthday celebration better.

M
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on 3 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a nice surprise. This was recommended by my hotel concierge. Wish I had discovered this before because it is definitely going to be one of our go to places. They were very agreeable to omitting items I couldn’t eat. Server was great. Food was fresh and delicious and well presented. Hummus was delicious and Greek salad was so yummy. Chicken salad was delicious wonderful , too. Not too much noise and nicely lit. This restaurant would be great for a business meeting, social gathering, special occasion or anytime.

T
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service was fantastic - we had a great time and enjoyed the house specialties!!

SG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As a party of 6, we enjoyed a delicious meal in a lovely place where we could actually hear each other. Wait staff was very competent and not intrusive. Would come back again.

J
New England
11 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything from service to the food was excellent--- we enjoyed their theater pre fixe menu as well.

s
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

a bit disappointed. lunch menu does not have much choice. i ordered salmon and it was a very small piece sitting on some beans and eggplant pieces but the price was big. even though the food and service are good but are not worth that price. we had 2 entries and 1 appetizer and it cost us almost $100. will not recommend for lunch.

CT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was wonderful except the crab cakes. We are use to Maryland lump crab cakes so a bit spoiled. Not quite the same.

SR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is the perfect restaurant for pre-(or post-) City Center dining.

B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Had Saturday lunch reso for 12:00. Restaurant wouldn’t open doors to let us in until 12:05. We must have caught Molyvos on a terrible day or the chef was absent. Tomato salad with Feta for $20 was terrible. Unripened iced cold tomatoes, Feta crumbled to dust, barely any dressing on the tomatoes. Mini meatballs small plate was cold in center and surrounded by cold sauce that tasted like catsup. The zucchini fritters were completely raw. The stuffed Napa cabbage was passable but the centers were overstuffed with breading and limited meat. Really disappointing for the hype and good reviews. Simple Greek food is so good but not here. The beautiful atmosphere doesn’t save the food.

DP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Another great meal. Molyvos never disappoints.

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