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Ammos Estiatorio

52 Vanderbilt Ave., New York, NY, 10017
nr. 45th St.
212-922-9999

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9
Food: 10
Service: 9
Décor: 9
"Highly Recommended"

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92% would go back.

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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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118 out of 242 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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121 out of 240 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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173 out of 329 people found this review helpful.

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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110 out of 241 people found this review helpful.

Truly love this place

By kate.lyapustina on 8/28/2014

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

Truly love this place. I have been coming to this place since last year and just celebrated my 30th birthday here and had an amazing time with my friends. They have an impressive list of Greek wines, which are unique and hard to find. I recommend trying Xinomavro from Macedonia. Their food menu is impressive as well. Make sure to order kavourokeftedes (crab cakes), feta fornou (baked barrel-aged feta- delicious) and loukaniko (leek and greek sausage). The atmosphere is very relaxed and romantic. And the service is always great. They are doing a great job making you feel like home!

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74 out of 163 people found this review helpful.

Best Seafood in NYC

By annasmith1984 on 9/24/2014

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

This was my third time dining at this establishment. I must admit that the quality of the fish is always incredible, the waiters are very knowledgeable, the manager is very friendly and the atmosphere is warm. This is not the cheapest place to go, but I promise you that every dollar will be spent well. Don't pass the opportunity to try the dessert. It is mouth watering. I am giving this place HIGH 10 in all parameters. Oh yes, the location is just around the corner from the Grand Central. You guys ROCK!

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68 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

We will be back!

By stephaniecraig on 10/15/2014

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

I've heard such good things about Ammos Estiatorio that I couldn't wait to finally try it out. From the moment you enter the restaurant, you immediately are drawn to the decor. The colors, furniture, and details of the Mediterranean warmth and hospitality above your head all mash together perfectly and beautifully. Our server was personable, pleasant, and gave us just the right amount of attention. The food was phenomenal, very fresh and cooked to perfection. I highly recommend the following dishes: feta fournou, amazing grilled octopus (best in the whole city of NYC!!!!), tiger shrimp salad, unforgettable seafood pasta, grilled cowboy steak and their grilled whole fish. Oh yes.... and for dessert their walnut cake with honey cinnamon syrup!!!! What a GEM by Grand Central!

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60 out of 138 people found this review helpful.

Love this place

By nickstevenson on 10/19/2014

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

There are so many restaurants in midtown to choose from & we are so glad we chose Ammos. Well presented fish, dynamic flavors, delicious and great happy hour specials!

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89 out of 150 people found this review helpful.

Will Definitely Return

By gayle.pitone on 10/25/2014

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

This was a really great meal. The restaurant is large for NYC, the tables are spread out and the Mediterranean vibe is a nice break from the hustle-and-bustle in NYC. The food was incredible and fresh. We ate horiatiki salad, fresh prawns, Lavraki fish, moussaka, and a side of mushrooms. The Lavraki was amazing - perfectly cooked, moist and flakey. The vegetables were also fresh and flavorful. Make sure you save room for dessert - we had baklava - it's not to be missed! This as by far the freshest tasting fish I have eaten in NYC!

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70 out of 139 people found this review helpful.

Happy Hour Spot

By JamesV1983 on 11/16/2014

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

Came here for happy hour with some coworkers - it was a fun place. Ended up having some appetizers and the food was great. Super convenient on my way to Metro North, so I'll definitely be back. I recommend the grilled kalamari.

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95 out of 198 people found this review helpful.

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