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“Mezedes Are The Thing”
Review of Molyvos

Molyvos
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Ranked #206 of 13,633 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 30 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: 55th and 56th Streets
Transit: 7th Avenue (B, D, E Trains) 57th Street (N, R, Q Trains)
Description: Inspired by the traditions and heritage of the Greek islands and mainland, Molyvos has been one of New York's most beloved Greek restaurants since its opening in 1997. Named after the seaside village on the Greek island of Lesvos where the Livanos family roots originate, Molyvos is known throughout Manhattan for its rustic Greek country cooking. Executive Chef Carlos Carreto takes diners on a Grecian culinary journey through a variety of mezedes and appetizers, as well as hyper-local specialty Greek cheese and honey, fresh fish, wild greens and savory pies - all accompanied by the largest all-Greek wine list in the U.S.
New York City, New York
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464 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Mezedes Are The Thing”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

I like coming here for drinks and appetizers. The front room has a window to the street which in nice weather is open. The room is not too large so it doesn't get loud. The mezedes are great! Gigantes, spanikopita, tiropita, keftedes, taramasalata, octopus and the flaming fried cheese are all delish. There is a nice selection of Greek wines at reasonable prices.

Visited March 2012
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Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“A great Greek near Carnegie”
Reviewed 2 April 2012

I have been going to Molyvos for a number of years and thought I should finally submit a review. Everything about the restaurant works:

The Bartender knows how to make a great Martini
The food is well prepared and is excellent (try the moussaka)
The staff gets you out in time for the show
After the show, they still serve
Location is great

Visited March 2012
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1 Thank John K
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Savannah, Georgia
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“Authentic Greek”
Reviewed 27 March 2012

The red pepper/yogurt spread that came with the bread basket was amazing. Portions are reasonable, though not so much for a teenage boy in our group. He had the pasta roll stuffed with braised lamb with the cheese sauce and he loved it, but the portion (esp for the price) was not ample. Perfect for adults whom don't want leftovers (and I am one to complain when the portions are huge--Americans have such a skewed view of what is an appropriate portion). I just mention it because if you have someone in your party with a hearty appetite, they will definitely want an appetizer or salad.
I had the lamb stew over noodles and it was divine. The lamb had been perfectly seared before being slow cooked in a tomato sauce that was lovely and "soft"--not an acidic bite to it, just a lovely roundness to it. The pasta was flat and thin, perfectly sized to complement the stew without overwhelming it or detracting from the star of the plate . . .the oh so tender lamb. Another in my party, whose father hailed from Greece, ordered the lamb shank and was very impressed with his shank, perfectly prepared and again, well browned before being slow cooking to perfect tenderness. Another ordered the octopus salad/appetizer and the waiter accommodated her request to make it a double order to create an entree out of it--now THAT was an ample portion.
Server made excellent wine suggestions, and was an excellent server overall . . .EXCEPT for not bringing the bill in a timely fashion. Lately many of my dining experiences have suffered from this same fate. I would love for a server of any restaurant to enlighten me as to why this is an increasingly more common issue. I understand servers not wanting to rush diners and I greatly appreciate that fact, but when you are ready to leave and other diners are waiting for a table, it is uncomfortable as they stare at you wanting you to leave, you want to leave, but you can't find the server.

Visited March 2012
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“Yassou Zorba!”
Reviewed 14 March 2012

Right across the street from the Park Central is the Molyvos Greek Restaurant. Mouthwatering, classy, excellent value and plates that make you dance the Opa!!!

Visited March 2012
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new york
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“Beautiful decor”
Reviewed 13 March 2012

Midtown - sometimes harder to find a restaurrant than you would think. this is quiet enoughf or business meetings and yet won't break the bank. The recently refreshed decor is beautiful. Blues and whites. For my taste, the restaurant puts too many things in it siced tea--lemon AND mint AND cinnamon stick. Btu does a great job with swordfish in many preparations.

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