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Olive Tree Cafe

$$ - $$$
Greenwich Village
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117 Macdougal St, Frnt B, New York City, NY 10012-1267
+1 212-254-3480
11:00 am - 4:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 2:30 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 am
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Milan, Italy
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you pass by The Village, this is definetely a place to pick. Good food, good prices and good music in week ends...

Thank AnonimousTraveller11
Potomac, Maryland
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113 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

I moved from NY to MD 25 years ago and brought my teen children back for a visit. I took them to the Olive Tree for lunch. The restaurant is still dark, and crowded, but OHHHH, what character! In addition to the ambiance, the food was plentiful, fresh, delicious and in my opinion, fairly priced. I"ll come back again and... More 

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

This a the perfect place to grab a drink before a show at the Cellar. The drinks are reasonable, the wait staff are very helpful and friendly, and they let you bring drinks down to the show when it's starting. They tell you when the show is beginning and are very helpful.

Thank Explorers36
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I love this place and we keep on coming back every time in NYC! You can find your own corner and enjoy your drink/food while receiving great service. Staff is amazing and draft beer is a must try!

Thank Bojana K
Mahwah, New Jersey
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2016

This place has always been a favorite of ours - the falafel, schwarma, stuffed grape leaves - love it! But after not visiting in quite some time we were so disappointed to find a new menu with some of the old faves (hummus, chicken kebabs) but no falafel and other standards. The food was good but it's no longer the... More 

Thank colwoe
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 23, 2016

We used to eat at this place at least twice a month and always recommended to out-of-towners as a unique NYC dining experience. But almost a year ago, they renovated the kitchen and scaled down the menu to a handful of overpriced items that you can find anywhere else. Unless you have a big desire to watch a Charlie Chaplin... More 

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Andover, MA
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46 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

Around the corner from the Minetta Lane Theatre is a café that is an informal, low cost restaurant that will get you to the show on time. We were there when the menu was an abbreviated one, but the sandwiches were tasty and filling. A clever touch is the tables made out of chalk boards, so you can play tic... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I got a recommendation from my friend about this place. He visited it during his first visit to New York in early 90s. An average place. We waited for waitress for a second round for 10 minutes. Maybe 20+ years ago it was different.

Thank Doctor328
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136 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2016 via mobile

Are you looking for a great lunch @ good value while exploring NYU area then don't miss the olive tree. I have been going there for the last 20 years and the atmosphere and quality / value for money has not changed a bid. There are some slight changes in the menus but if you like middle eastern or more... More 

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West Sussex, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

We arrived with no booking after a show and were accommodated straight away. But if an issue with my main course but it was resolved instantly. Replaced and deducted from the bill. Very generous sized portions and delicious. Do visit you won't be disappointed.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mediterranean, American, Bar, Greek, Pub, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 2:30 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
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: +1 212-254-3480

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

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Greenwich Village
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