208 W. 70th St., New York, NY, 10023
nr. Amsterdam Ave.
By Chris_Holehouse on 10/22/2013
I've been to Maria Loi's restaurant twice and both times the meal I had was excellent. I had the Veal Kokinisto, which is slow braised cross-cut Veal Shank with gremolata and hylopites. The meat was tender and a true pleasure to eat. It reminded me of my comfortable childhood in Ohio. It was a true 'Ratatouille movie' moment, if you've ever seen it. My wife had the Rophos Plaki, which is filet of grouper sauteed with fingerling potatoes, couscous, capers, grilled onions, and more. My wife absolutely loved it. I wasn't crazy about it, mostly because I'm not a big grouper fan and I also don't care much for couscous. And then lastly, but certainly not least, there's Maria Loi, an absolutely wonderful human being who is so positive, so caring, so filled with life, and just fun to be around. We laughed and joked with her for hours. It was great. We now have a friend as well as new place to eat in our neighborhood. I highly recommend this one!
By diabaguette on 1/27/2013
Being Greek myself,i expected familiar decent food,what I found surpassed my expectations. Greek food done RIGHT! What came to mind was food tasted like it came out of authentic Greek home kitchen. Service was good, owner visited to make sure all was on time (love the personal touch) she is lovely. Place was buzzing with excitement, packed, festive & overall a fun evening. Definitely going back.
By Jmarin5 on 1/4/2013
Worst food, service and wine list on the UWS.
By DitzyRedhead on 8/3/2012
I've been making the rounds of Greek restaurants lately, and after my evening at Loi, I'm not sure I have any need to eat elsewhere. We were warmly greeted at what very well could have been the end of the night (a 10:30 res.) We lingered over cocktails and made our way though tender, delicious dolmas, the sea urchin, perfectly cooked grilled octopus and 4 amazing salads. I dined with a group of 4 -- 2 vegetarian and 2 who came for lamb. None of us were disappointed (and one vegetarian ate most of the perfectly roasted potatoes on the shared plate of lamb.) Maria Loi's vegetable moussaka is like nothing I've ever eaten. My daughter usually turns her nose up at scallops but requested the remaining one of that plate--they were so perfectly prepared. The sommelier, an affable Haitian who really knows his Greek vineyards, suggested the perfect bottles for our divided table (white & red--the Cabernet was especially yummy.) We shared 4 desserts, I can't tell you what they all were but I'm craving Maria Loi's version of baklava, delicately laced with cinnamon, and there was a frothy light thing on a sweet mesh of pastry I'll return for. The staff is knowledgeable, warm and delightful without being cloying. I was once a regular at a midtown Greek restaurant but it became a dead zone for me, & the newest Columbus Ave spot is tired (and their food swims in so much olive oil its hard to find the center of it.) I am so happy to have a place for Greek cuisine fit for Gods!
By SuburbanMatron on 11/20/2011
OK, the place is pretty new so I will try to cut them some slack in the areas of service and cleanliness. But given the aggressive self-promotion efforts of the chef, Maria Loi, moi needs to warn others that the problem with the place goes well beyond the clueless wait staff and the grungy ladies' room. The food is bad bordering on terrible. The amuse bouche stuffed grape leaves seemed to come out of the same can every diner cracks open for its Greek salad dolmas. Tough leaves, insipid rice filling, drenched in too much vinegar. Maybe that's why the "Roka" salad tasted so sweet... then again, maybe it was the sugar (!?!) that was added to the dressing. The diver scallops were overcooked to the point of rubberiness. And the "Greek oven fries" were stale and rock hard. Good thing dessert was free, since I would have felt really bad if I'd paid for anything that cloyingly sweet. But not as bad as I feel for casting aspersions on Greek diners earlier in this paragraph. Most of the diners i go to serve Greek food at least twice as good as Loi's (not that that's saying much), but without any of the pretension.