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“Very Good, But...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Estiatorio Milos

Estiatorio Milos
125 W 55th Street, New York City, NY 10019 (Manhattan)
(212) 245-7400
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Ranked #218 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
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Good for: Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: Between 6th and 7th Avenue
Transit: N,R,W,Q,and F to 57th St. B,D,and E to 7th Ave.
Description: The freshest, most flavorful fish, vegetables and fruits, prepared in the subtlest way and served in an elegant, spacious setting, is why Milo's has become of one of New York's most lauded restaurant. Costas Spiliadis, owner/chef, is continuing the standard of excellence he began in Montreal, where he opened the original Milo’s, now a landmark. Patrons can choose their fish from an abundant market display and watch it swiftly grilled in the open kitchen. Feast on savory, yet simple dishes and enjoy impeccable service - all in classic Greek tradition.
Westfield, Massachusetts
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“Very Good, But...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

The restaurant's philosophy, the passionate acquisition of premium fish and seafood and the Greek DNA all offer the ingredients for an exceptional meal. Our late Saturday lunch, was very good, but not particularly memorable. Perhaps it is the 3-4 months we have spent traipsing around Greece, both islands and inland, or even our experience at other premium Greek restaurants in New York that remind us that a warmer greeting, a smaller and cozier setting, a continuing interest in your guests, makes for repeat customers.

The modestly priced prix fixe luncheon menu, with a few supplements, is both a bargain and an opportunity for lighter fare. Our waiter was promoting the regular menu as having more variety (quite true), the opportunity for sharing, and the chance to try some of the 10-12 more exotic fish species that were on glorious display on ice in a large showcase area of the restaurant. When we opted for the smaller menu he seemed to lose much interest in the table.

Our parties three appetizers, scallops, octopus, and a tomato salad, were all first rate. Our guests' loup de mer was a fine piece of premium sea bass, My wife and I both had shrimp saganaki. The tomato and feta sauce was light and ably prepared, but both of us found our shrimp overcooked. Dessert, some fresh fruit for our guest, and baklava for us, couldn't have been better. Since our guest wasn't able to have wine, we opted for two glasses of a nice, but unexceptional Assyritiko. I am sure more interesting bottles were on offer, and another time we will delve further.

It was a late lunch, and our guest suggested we have tap water. Refills were never offered, nor did anyone ask if we wanted coffee. By New York standards, it was a fairly modest tab in a fancy restaurant. While we were fully capable of spending two or three times as much, that wasn't our choice. When we do have a more robust celebration, I haven't concluded that this restaurant deserves the trade. We paid our bill and that was the last we saw of our waiter or the hostess.

The big open, almost industrial space, is a little austere. Only a few people were there for a weekend lunch. I am sure it is packed on weekday nights with the expense account crowd-and perhaps then has a different vibe.

Another minor point, while fine cooks come from every corner of the globe, looking across at the open kitchen-and a battery of about eight cooks on the line, I didn't see anyone who appeared to have an ounce of Greek heritage. The meal was fine, but not inspired. There are better choices in Manhattan and elsewhere, places where someone appreciates your business.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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PALM SPRINGS, CA
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“Great food, great service and fun ambiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Left another restaurant down the street called "Benoit" as felt rushed--stumbled across this vibrant and fun restaurant and decided to try it--from the hostess to the waiter, everyone was pleasant and welcoming. Had a delicious meal and felt we received a fair shake. Would for sure go back again.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“One of my favorite business lunch spots midtown”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I love Milos because let's face it: for too many people, business lunch means steak... Milos has an amazing selection of fish and seafood which are super fresh and cooked in a classic or creative way. The restaurant is large so it has never been an issue to get a table as long as you reserve it a day or so before, sometimes even the same day. They have a good lunch menu, which also includes a dessert (yes, I also like having dessert and they have some relatively "guilt free" options). Service is swift and the waiters are very polite and professional.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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“Excellent Seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Excellent seafood and good environment, you will have a wonderful experience.
Good location, it is very easy to find this restaurant.

Visited August 2014
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“As usual”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This has to be the most consistent high quality restaurant I have experienced through the years of dining there. Food is fresh and excellent and by far the service is one of the most outstanding. Cannot wait to return again and again.

Visited August 2014
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