by Rhonda Massad
I took a chance and asked google for a list of fine Greek restaurants in Manhattan. The list was ten or so long. So I asked at the front desk of the Marriott Hotel, and they echoed the list saying Molyvos was great, not to mention around the corner on Seventh. Hello!! Choice made.
Named after one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, the decor reminds us of the archeological excavations, medieval memories, and golden glints on the blue Aegean Sea that we find in Molyvos on the island of Lesvos in Greece. It is truly a gorgeous space, with the bar and window tables making it casual enough for a small snack while the dining room is welcoming for a serious meal.
We were welcomed with open arms by a very efficient and pleasant staff led by Enrico. The extensive menu consisted of all the rustic country Greek delights we have grown to expect. Freshness and seasonality are obvious as the Cretan Salad was brought to the table. It was delicious. A piece of grilled garlic bread topped with diced and halved cherry tomatoes and crumbled feta cheese. My mouth is watering as I write this.
Tzatziki and taramasalata were excellent sided with their homemade pita bread to start. Followed by spanakopita and beet salad over goat cheese. Just yum.
Mains included traditional stuffed peppers, moussaka, lamb shank yuvetsi amongst other things. I chose lamb chops served with a potato cake with olives and chicory greens. Excellent.
Baklava and various other desserts made it hard to choose. We ended up having the Greek yogurt served with three different toppings of stewed fruits. Figs, lemon, and apricots served on their respective serving of creamy yogurt. I loved the fig. I am a fig person so that needs to be understood.
871 SEVENTH AVE
NEW YORK, NY 10019
Reservations always recommended.