Pylos

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$31 to $50
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Greek
PYLOS honors the breadth of traditional Greek cuisine by bringing fresh, wholesome cooking from all regions of Greece to an elegant, contemporary and comfortable setting in the East Village.

Our Name

Among the ruins of ancient Greece were items such as clay pots that revealed many clues to daily Hellenic life. PYLOS (pronounced Pee-'los) - the root word that includes things of clay - celebrates these prosaic artifacts we now recognize as great art.

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NF
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good but service was average. I was not asked if I wanted to pack my food. We literally had 40% of food left, which was a disappointment. The quality of service should also match the price point.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite and service was perfect.

r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about Pylos! The food, the atmosphere, the service!!!

l
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Greek near Tompkins Square Park

JR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about the meal and evening at Pylos. Definitely going again!

MP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pylos always delivers. Good food and wine. Friendly service.

h
London
11 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Love the food here. Very generous portions.

EE
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as it's been for the twelve years we've been going there!

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A hidden gem! The good and the service was great! We stumbled upon this place a year ago and came back recently to celebrate my husband's birthday and they never disappoint, we plan on coming here more often to try every single item on the menu!

EC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect
One thing... We had galatobureko as dessert, it was good but too much honey on the plate... a bit less honey would be better

EV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant and everyone working there was wonderful. Was disappointed by the food. May just have been a bad night.

AV
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With a party of five we we're able to enjoy a family style gathering. The calamari was the most tender and best quality I tasted in a long time. You can not go wrong with the lamb chops. Add in great service and you have a wonderful experience.

SS
New York Area
232 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitely try this restaurant, it's amazing. The food is delicious, the service really good and the helpings are huge, big enough to share or take home for leftovers. The octopus was perfectly done and my daughter raved about her lamb chops. Both were tasty, well cooked and beautifully presented. Our waiter was wonderful as were the other helpers. For starters the dips are so good as was the Greek salad. Will definitely be back

TE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been dining at Pylos for years, but I must say the food was particularly exceptional, as was the service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and service. We were there on a Sunday evening in summer. Our friends commented on how quiet and relaxed the restaurant was, which was unusual as on other occasions this restaurant has been full and on the noisier side. We shared the signature dish of grilled octopus and horiatiki salad as appetizers. The grilled whole fish was done perfectly, pastitsio and shrimp and sea scallops were also throughly enjoyed. I'm not a fan of the credit card hold for the reservation, but understand the need to use one. They serve only beer and wine.

NC
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Prices were outrageous so I would not recommend going there.

J
Singapore
11 reviews
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service, very quiet for lunch on a Friday

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Pylos used to be very good ... years ago. Their menu is still the same and it wasn't as good as I remember.

ZM
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We loved the octopus and the mousaka but the octopus in my opinion was little dry. The bass we ordered was over cooked and fishy. The lamb chops were good but the shank was disappointing especially for the price. Apps are better than dinner. Overall it’s a good place but returning to what we remember as one of our favorite place in the city, the quality might have changed a bit.

FK
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent.
If someone takes the time and energy to give 5 stars why would you impose a word count?

l
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious Greek food in a lovely setting. Pylos is one of my favorite go-to restaurants.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as always

A
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pylos has been our go-to restaurant for many years. It never fails. We are of Greek decent and eat as healthy a diet as possible. At Pylos, the menu provides for everyone's taste and every dish is really good, even unique for Greek food. The Chef has immpeccable taste as does the owner, obviously, and that the staff is so well trained and at the same time not stuffy. It is no wonder Pylos has long sustained its primary patronage and gone on to become a favorite for sophisticate food lovers, New Yorkers, travellers, and holidays events. Good wine. Wonderful appetizers, great portion sizes, gorgeous setting, flowers, lighting. We treasure our dinners at Pylos.

e
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

My boyfriend and I are both vegetarian so we were a bit limited in our options since much of the entrees are meat or fish. We got: artichoke moussaka - very good, delicious bechemel sauce; horiatiki greek salad - very good, excellently seasoned; spanakorizo - my favorite by far and perfectly cooked spinach rice lemon pilaf. The only thing I would not recommend is the piperia red pepper with spicy feta, there was too much cheese and too spicy and cold. Highly recommend this place!

s
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I won't go as far as to say it was awful, but it definitely wasn't wonderful. We were squeezed into a tiny corner where we sweltered because the a/c was on the fritz. The food selection was a bit disappointing but the actual taste was even more so. Bland, uninteresting, small portions. We were never offered additional pita bread even though we ordered dips. It was a shame to waste a dinner when there are so many superior choices.

OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was solid if not exceptional. Service was good. The ambience was the best part.

AB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was only okay for the price. Also, the waiter didn’t notify us that the grilled fish would take a very long time to cook and be served. We waited for 45 minutes after finishing our appetizers at which point we were no longer hungry and tired of waiting. The kitchen and waitstaff should manage expectations and let people know if there is a long prep/cook time.

Apart from that the service was good and ambiance nice.

DS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Our table was near the door. Not great.

m
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place and haven’t been for years as I moved from the neighborhood. Needed to take my boyfriend there as I knew he would appreciate the food. We both loved everything that we ordered and so thrilled to be able to get a last minute reservation on a Saturday even though 5:30 was the only option!

l
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pylos is one of the best restaurants we’ve been to. Much thought and care was given to the dishes and their presentation. Loved the bean spread brought out with warm pita as well as the red wine. We ordered the salmon and striped bass. Both dishes were wonderfully fresh and generously portioned. We will return!

MC
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved everything about this restaurant. The calamari and octopus were really good for apps. Our table ordered the sea bass (whoa), lamb chops, moussaka (sp?), and the steak. All were very good but I would pass on the steak next time and try a different fish entree. Waitress was good too and explained all the different Greek wines and beers. Also, the menu prices on opentable are wrong and are about 20% less than the real prices at the restaurant (ex. Steak is $38 not $30). Check Pylos’ website instead.

MB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Pylos! As always, amazing service and food. The ambiance is also great, you can have a date here, dinner with girlfriends or even bring your parents. One of my favorite restaurants in the city, will be back!

d
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I've now been to Pylos three times. It is a wonderful venue. The food is delicious and it's a great place to come with a bunch of friends. The staff is helpful and efficient - not overbearing. I will definitely come back.

OT
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Uno dei migliori ristoranti di manhattan. Se volete apprezzare la cultura culinaria greca questo posto fa al caso vastro. Complimenti allo shef!!!

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CR
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Coming from a half-Greek: this is the best Greek food I've had in the city.

m
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Greek restaurant in the East Village. Our meals were fabulous. It is pricey but worth it.

GP
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As a Greek Cypriot, living in London, I was keen to try some Greek cuisine in New York. Pylos came highly recommended from a colleague and I have been thanking her ever since. The food was delicious and portions were healthy (i.e. on the large side). Alexandra was great - she helped me with the menu and was interested to chat (I was a sole diner, as I was on a business trip). The restaurant was quiet for lunch on a Saturday, but that was the only downside. I cannot wait to visit again! Good value, great food and impeccable service. Everything was perfect.

LS
1 review
Dined on 25 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is so well and knowingly prepared everything crisp (that’s supposed to be crisp); and savory to the right degree. Pylos is a serene, lovely and spacious place, and the wait staff is kind and attentive. All I wish it might add is those coffee frappes in summer, like on the Greek islands (though I suppose that might clash with the elegant vibe.)

MW
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. The food, the service, all around. I have been going there for years and it has never let me down. And, the people I was with feel exactly the same

S
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment we entered the restaurant we were taken from the dark, wet streets of the city to the smells, sounds and decor of a Greek Island taverna! The clay pots hanging from the ceiling and the delicious white wine from Santorini kicked off an evening of delicious appetizers and gorgeously presented main courses!
Kudos to Pylos for being a tiny giant among the many great Greek restaurants in the city.

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