871 7th Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1001940.764435 -73.980639
Mon-Thurs noon-3, 5:30-11:30, Fri noon-3, 5:30-midnight, Sat noon-3, 5-midnight, Sun noon-11
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Clinton
Chef Jim Botsacos' octopus dish is the best that ever was and is. It's extremely meaty and has been a customer favorite since the restaurant debuted over a decade ago. Molyvos is Greek fine-dining. Think white tablecloths and impeccable service. The food is pricey, but you get more than enough. Order the moussaka and pair it with a strong imported ouzo.
No one talks about it anymore, but Molyvos reigned for a long time as the city's best Greek restaurant. And maybe it still is. Certainly the place took Greek cooking and modernized it before anyone else has. The food is elevated by homey and the room always comfortable and the service tight. The price is right too; a great choice in midtown.
Molyvos is a Greek staple in the city...authentic & delicious – I have been going to Molyvos for years and have to be honest as a Greek...there are a slew of other new upscale Greek restaurants that have just opened in the city and while they have dropped a ton of money on decor & other areas, they drop the ball on authentic Greek food...Molyvos is a standard NYC restaurant for good Greek food, made freshly, presented neatly, in a warm atmosphere...and I have tried almost every Greek restaurant in the city...my favorite dish is the lamb ravioli, and the mezedes (appetizers) definitely satisfy every time. The Greek wine list is quite impressive, as there are not too many restaurants that offer them although they should considering there are a number of great wines coming out of Greece today...Molyvos is all of these things in one-I always look forward to eating there and definitely recommend this place-they do not need to go "over the top" to impress, the food speaks for itself-KALI OREXI!!
Elegant seafood preparations strengthen this upscale Greek restaurant. – The Scene
The long, cavernous space, done in warm tones and simply adorned with stenciling and old photographs, has a casual feeling without going overboard on the Hellenic themes. Service is warm and professional.
The fare is mostly traditional, with a few contemporary specials offered nightly. Molyvos serves excellent, impeccably fresh, grilled whole fish. Red snapper, porgy, sea bass and others are enhanced with just olive oil and fresh herbs. Successes include the superb rabbit stew--sweetened with pearl onions and a touch of fortified wine--and the braised lamb shanks with orzo. Dessert highlights include a moist semolina and almond cake and the racy lemon pudding.
Good Food. Embarrassing Service. – As expected, the food was great. I am mortified, however, by the service at a restaurant of this caliber. Our water glasses were filled so aggressively that water and ice splashed all over the table. When going over the menu, our waitress kept saying that a dish was "really good" as though she was talking about a tuna melt at Friendly's. Once she took our order, we never saw her again. For the majority of the meal, 3 of the 4 glasses of wine on the table were empty. No one bothered to refill our glasses from the rather pricey bottle we had ordered that they kept just out of reach. We made the mistake of ordering another bottle which came after 10 minutes as were we finishing our meal. Unacceptable. The food is not worth the price with this kind of service.
Never again!!!!!! – The studio I worked for was near Molyvos so it was my idea to take a friend Saturday. It was 11:45 but the hostess, who knew we wanted appetizers, graciously seated us. It was the last pleasant moment of the evening. The waiter eventually took our order and the busboy informed us that one appetizer wasn't coming, the kitchen was closed, and we made do until the pita ran out...no more bread. The manager asked if we wanted coffee and I informed him we hadn't been able to enjoy what we had. Minutes later pita magically appeared. We were charged for the missing appetizer and when I complained to the manager, who never thought to apologize, he blamed the kitchen. When I mentioned that the hostess knew we planned to order he told me she HAD to seat us and I wondered who put the invisible gun to her head.
Not at all professional – When deciding to visit Molyvos (which I had heard good AND bad things about) I was quite dissapointed. As noted on their website, their "amazing" chef apparently is cheaping up his cuisine, and using canned goods to make imitation dolmades and calamari. The noise of all the plates banging made the experience even worse, and the service did not listen closely to our order, as I recieved a dish that I did not even order. Either it was a bad day, or Molyvos is a hyped-up restaurant with a declining reputation.
I wish every restaurant was this dependable – I've been coming here for years and have never been disappointed. Recently arranged a party of eight on short notice and thing worked out perfectly. Everything dish we ordered was excellent - grilled sardines - great; grilled octopus - terrific; beets w/skordalia - great; lamb ravioli - fantastic; vegetarian stew - boring (I know, don't ask me why someone chose to order that...).
Service was also very solicitous, never felt rushed. Waitress told us when we were ordering too much food and actually steered us to a slightly cheaper bottle of wine which she said was better (and it was quite good).
It's not cheap. But for this quality and the location (this isn't Asotria, after all), the prices are reasonable.
I keep going back, freshest seafood off the boat – I can't believe how fresh the seafood is at this place. I am from the Gulf Coast so hard to impress me. The absolute best thing on the menu is the appetizer seafood salad--calamari, mussel, shrimp, crabmeat. It comes in a bread bowl and the lemon juices soak into the bread so you eat it with the seafood. Delicious! We also do their whole grilled fish and it is perfect and deboned tableside. The ambience is business casual, nice decor, spacious, great service. It has become a favorite so we also tried the sister restaurant Estarios Milos and found it to be 3 times the price and snobby. Molyvos is the hands down the best and they also have traditional Greek dishes like lamb chops and mousaka.
Great Ambiance~ – I went there for my birthday and the decor and the feeling of the restaurant is wonderful~ The lighting is comforting. The service was very good, and they had an extensive cocktail, beer, and wine list. The appetizer was delicious, and the baby lamb chops were tender and flavorful, but the couscous was so so and I thought there were a bit too much of the herbs to the point where it covered the flavor of the artichoke and the brussel sprouts. I would recommend this place for people that love the strong fragrant herbs in their dishes~
Great Food, Great Service – Very please with the ambiance at Molyvos. I swung by for a quick lunch and they had a plentiful menu. the food is a tad pricey but not too bad. Lunch ran me $20. Everyone receives a nice basket of bread with some delicious hummus to start... very pleased
Favorite – We just spent 6 days in NYC and ate at some of the most recommended restaurants - Molyvos was our favorite! Excellent lamb and veal dishes in a relaxing atmosphere with superb service. We'll recommend and we'll be back.
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