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Olive Tree Cafe

#2,170 of 11,063 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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Greenwich Village
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117 Macdougal St, Frnt B, New York City, NY 10012-1267
212-254-3480
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Today
11:00 am - 2:30 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 2:30 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Visitor rating
  • 46
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Falafel was Excellent

We stopped to eat here when we were walking by simply because we had our dogs with us, and there was an outside table we could take. We had two platters and both were around $13-14 with two skewers of meat, and my wife's had some small falafels too. I am not a huge falafel fan because often they... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 12, 2015
Scott B
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Westbury, New York
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KA18 4PR
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We just stopped by for drinks after a long walk along the Highline. The seats were comfortable, drinks reasonably priced. The chalk tables were a great touch; we reflected on all the highlights of our holiday visually. The art on the walls was by the owner we think. The mood created by the portraiture was excellent. We would like to... More 

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Thank JulieandAlistair
Orlando, Florida
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we dropped in before our reservation at Comedy Cellar. we ordered hummus, two chilis and four pints total. the chili came out lukewarm and i should've said something because before i could even finish my second beer, i started to feel very sick. so sick i spent the next 2-3 hours barfing hummus and chili in my hotel room. my... More 

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Thank bisrdhazrd
Naples, Florida
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97 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The ambiance was nice, service pretty good - food was reasonably priced - mostly middle eastern food - the babaganush was ok - wish the pita bread was softer and warmer. One of us had a traditionally mid-east entrée which he thoroughly enjoyed. The chili I had was just spicy and hot enough.. with all the wonderful places to eat... More 

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Thank Newcomer2012
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Great small place for all meals of the day. Reasonable prices, delicious plates and you get to watch Charlie Chaplin in the background while drawing on the tables. The comedy cellar below is where the bathrooms are so that's a fun trip and pay attention to the Art on the walls. A West Village gem!

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Thank Leon G
Westbury, New York
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114 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

We stopped to eat here when we were walking by simply because we had our dogs with us, and there was an outside table we could take. We had two platters and both were around $13-14 with two skewers of meat, and my wife's had some small falafels too. I am not a huge falafel fan because often they are... More 

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Thank Scott B
Boston, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

My family was in Greenwich Village to see a play and as luck would have it found this restaurant immediately adjacent to the theater. We were warmly greeted and found the dining room warm and inviting - even providing chalk to write on the slate dining tables. The menu provided enough selection for each of us to find something to... More 

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Thank RobertD807
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Cross posted from Yelp. On Sept. 10 we went here to have a few drinks while we were waiting for stand by tickets to the comedy cellar downstairs. We arrived at 8:40 and had to be in line for the tickets at 9:30 so we had time for 2 drinks each. Our bill came to $30.49 give or take a... More 

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3 Thank Michael_Vo_604
NYC
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

...FUNNY. More on the funny bit later. The Olive Tree is an original, die hard Village joint, reminiscent of when Greenwich Village was filled with characters, artists, outcasts and joints, both kinds. It was around when you could easily get a great meal for two dollars, including a can of soda, right next door at Mamoun’s Falafel. In those days... More 

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Thank LuciaLucas
Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

My friend and I came here based on a recommendation while we were attending a class in the nearby meat packing district as a good option for Mediterranean food in the city, so off we went. You'll likely recognize the Comedy Cellar beneath the restaurant and can probably expect to see a comedian (or if you're lucky, 5) if you... More 

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Thank Emily H
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

If you are looking for quick and inexpensive then this could work. Had the Mediterranean dinner. Chicken was very good but it is served very "pub" style. The service was friendly and quick. It is just a very casual setting with some decent food that won't blow your socks off. Can't complain about the price though!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 117 Macdougal St, Frnt B, New York City, NY 10012-1267
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Greenwich Village
  • Neighborhood: Greenwich Village
  • Phone Number: 212-254-3480

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 am
Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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