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Ammos Estiatorio

52 Vanderbilt Ave., New York, NY, 10017
nr. 45th St.

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Food: 9
Service: 7
Décor: 8

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

75% would go back.

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Fabulous fresh food & lively atmosphere with attentive service

By SavvyMetroPR on 8/19/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I brought Italian clients for dinner at 9 pm on a weekday who had never had Greek cuisine. Italians are very finicky about food in general but raved about the dinner here! Although others have noted Ammos' pricy menu, the outstanding quality and absolute freshness of the appetizers, main courses and desserts plus attentive service offset the prices. Nevertheless, after frequently eating in various 4-star Manhattan restaurants, I really was impressed by the superior tasting food at our table. Our waiter, who also spoke Italian, carefully explained the types of Mediterranean fish on the menu, which he brought to the table on a platter for all to see. He modified an entree' for one of the guests to fit his needs, gave us an assortment of desserts for the price of two, a real bargain which was eagerly scooped up by everyone, and suggested a great Ouzo on ice to finish our meal. I always complain to managers constantly if I am not satisfied by the food, service, or noise in a venue, but I honestly can say that I had a 5-star meal at Ammos and can't wait to return!

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50 out of 105 people found this review helpful.

the best Greek restaurant

By davidolsen on 2/10/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is one of my new favorite restaurants. The service is impeccable, the food superb and the ambiance is wonderful. It is a gorgeous place, very popular and with good reason. The staff was very helpful. We had octopus with beat salad as an appetizer and lamp chops with xtenia (scallops) as a main course. The desserts were dreamy, I had the sokolata and my wife had the rizogalo. We can’t wait to go back

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100 out of 184 people found this review helpful.

You want to like it, but ...

By FatBastard on 5/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 6
  • No, I would not go back!

The plusses for Ammos Estiatorio include delicious octopus that is slightly charred and other decent appetizers like the baked feta. However, I was embarrassed after suggesting the restaurant for two unforgiveable reasons. The first is pricing that is a level or two above the restaurant's quality. Exhibit A, a $35 prix fixe combination that comes down to cucumber soup and a gyro. Entrees are all in the mid-$30s and, in my view, don't stack up to similarly priced fare at so many other fine(r) restaurants. Strike two for me is not service per se but the entirely inappropriate live music that entails little more than a young fellow covering various popular and lounge hits armed with just an electric piano and a microphone. Oh, and an amplifier. The volume was truly deafening until I demanded of the waiter that he turn it down. The singer appeared to be entertaining several of his friends in the bar and ruining the night of the few diners willing to brave this venue.

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92 out of 178 people found this review helpful.

Excellent (if pricey) lunch

By kah on 3/28/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been a few times for lunch during the week. Lunch is pretty pricey, but it's very tasty and satisfying. I liked the pita appetizer with various hummuses and spreads. Rice pudding was yummy. Fish was great. I recommend reservations on a weekday.

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89 out of 182 people found this review helpful.

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