Owners // Livanos Family
Managing Partner // Paul McLaughlin
General Manager // Kamal Kouiri
Executive Chef // Carlos Carreto
Collaborating Chef // Diane Kochilas
Nestled in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood, just a block away from the esteemed Carnegie Hall, Molyvos is known for serving soulful Greek cuisine since 1997. Named for the traditional seaside village on the Greek island of Lesvos, Molyvos takes its guests on a multi-sensory journey to the Aegean Sea and all of its bounty and beauty via soulful menus and the largest all-Greek wine list in the US.
Molyvos underwent an extensive renovation in January 2012 unveiling a new design that recalls the islands of Greece. With its clean blue, gray, and white palette, it pays homage to the rocky coast lines with sandy beaches, charming villages, white-washed houses, and bright blue skies that are emblematic of Greece. The owning Livanos family also added a personal touch with a wall of family photos displayed in the “Family Corner.” Adding to the seaside Mediterranean feel is a beautiful fish display that showcases the restaurant’s fresh daily offerings.
Owned, operated, and managed by the Livanos family, Molyvos pays tribute to their Greek heritage. “Our family travels to Greece and to Molyvos every year, and when we are there, everything revolves around food,” Owning Partner Nick Livanos of the Livanos Restaurant Group explains. “Our goal is to bring filoxenia—the Greek style of hospitality—to the heart of New York City. Before Molyvos opened in 1997, Greek cuisine in New York was limited to dishes like Greek Salad and Baklava. Molyvos helped introduce Greek cuisine as an elegant and sophisticated choice in the New York City dining scene.”