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Olive Tree Cafe

Greenwich Village
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117 Macdougal St, Frnt B, New York City, NY 10012-1267
11:00 am - 2:30 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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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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79 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank TravellerLion
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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.

Thank MRSA240115
Caracas, Venezuela
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121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

I felt right at home at the Olive Tree. Service is just right- not overwhelming. And the middle eastern food is very good. Plus, going to the restroom gives you a peek at the stand-up in the Comedy Cellar.

Thank Santiago M
Sao Paulo, SP
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016 via mobile

I randomly ended up in this nice cozy cafe with amazing live music. Very friendly atmosphere, good service, reasonable priced offer, great selection of coffee and cocktails, free access wi-Fi, and downstairs there's the mythical Comedy Cellar stand up club. You can't go wrong with this place.

Thank Charoux
Montclair, New Jersey
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165 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2016

Walking down a restaurant row with a mind-boggling variety of food, but tiny, tiny places where conversation is a distant possibility at lunch hour, my friend and I who had not met in months and had much to say to each other, chose Olive Tree just because it was relatively quiet and spacious. The waitress was grumpy and treated us... More 

Thank madrascheck2
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7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

This place has good food reasonably priced. We ordered chicken kebab platter. Rice was very good, Israeli salad was average, other places have it with more spice. Turkish coffee was up to my taste. What is attractive about this place is not food. We liked Charlie Chaplin's movie at the background, the fact that you could draw on the table,... More 

Thank MarishaLev
New York
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92 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

The chalk board topped tables complete with chalk make this a unique space...vintage Charlie Chaplin (among other favorites) always playing on the screen...VERY VERY casual and the food is VERY reasonable priced....

Thank johnfD8600OC
KA18 4PR
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2016

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 

Thank JulieandAlistair
Orlando, Florida
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups
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: 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?

Staying in Greenwich Village

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Greenwich Village
Commonly known as “the Village” to New Yorkers, it was here in Greenwich Village that both 1960’s counter culture and the LGBT movement were born. Famous for its bohemian past, head to Washington Square Park to get a feel for this diverse and energetic neighborhood. You’ll find NYU students, street performers, skateboarders, kids frolicking in the fountain, and locals relaxing and playing chess. Stroll the streets to discover a mix of majestic town homes and hidden bars and restaurants that give this neighborhood an old-school residential feel. When the sun goes down, check out one of the famous jazz or comedy clubs that still packs them in every night.
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