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“slow service - okay food - high prices”
Review of Olympic Pita - CLOSED

Olympic Pita
Cuisines: Greek
Neighborhood: Midtown
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Midtown
Reviewed January 8, 2013

I visited Olympic Pita based on a couple of bloggers who suggested it. I will not return.

Although the restaurant was not full (or even close to it) during our visit, we did not get any service for at least 5 minutes. Then it took another 5 minutes for the drinks to arrive (which was just pop and water). We also sat with empty glasses for at least 10 minutes before we flagged someone down for refills (which were not free, but I'll speak to that in a minute). It didn't improve when it came time to pay.

Now, we ordered soda to drink. We assumed since we saw cans that there would not be free refills. However, our soda was poured from the bar and came in glasses with ice so maybe held 4 to 6 ounces of soda. For $2.50. We each had a refill so $10 for maybe one can's worth of soda. A total rip-off.

Food: Tabule mezze - tasty but did not come with bread. Falafel plate - small falafels that were overcooked and dry with a small amount of tahina sauce. Laffa - highlight of the meal. Delish! Iraqi chicken dinner - chicken was tasty, but couscous and french fries were bland.

All of that = $50. I felt ripped off when I left, and I will not return.

Thank TravelinKiki
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Reviewed November 25, 2012 via mobile

We fell into this restaurant as my husband was starving and it was the first place we found. What a great find for lunch.
The menu we had was more of a light bite lunch menu than a main meal. I had the hummous with falafel and my husband had a chicken shish wrap. The food was tasty, healthy and fresh and the service was good too. I'm a vegetarian who does not eat cheese and find it hard to find placed that cater for me, this place did though.
We liked it so much we went back again for lunch on our last day.

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Thank KPAmph
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Reviewed September 2, 2011

It was 9 PM and we'd had no luck finding an open restaurant till we came across this one. The sign said Kosher Israeli cuisine and Sushi. Really?? It didn't sound promising but we went in. I was looking forward to falafel.

Lousy service! Our server couldn't bother to refill our water even though the restaurant was nearly empty except for a man (not a customer) she was flirting with at the back.

The food ranged from inedible to decent. My daughter ordered mango juice ($3.95). She was brought a tiny bottle and legally this could not be labeled "juice" in the US, but the waitress proudly announced it was from Israel. It was high fructose corn-syrup/sugar water with a hint of fruity flavor. My daughter and I took a sip: it was awful: $3.95 ripoff.

Next my daughter ordered a cup of vegetable soup ($5.95). It was thin, tasteless and incredibly salty - she couldn’t eat it.

They were out of falafel sadly, so we ordered Hummus Mushroom ($9.95) which arrived on a too-small plate so it spilled in puddles on the table as it was set it down. It came with a flatbread called laffa, which was tasty and had nice texture, but one piece was woefully inadequate for scooping up the hummus and mushrooms. This dish was OK, but no one offered more bread to eat it with, and I wasn't in the mood to shell out another couple of bucks for another piece of laffa.

I ordered a Veggie skewer ($6.95) which shocked me when they brought it. It was burnt: every veggie was charred totally black on top. I couldn't believe they actually served it. I like a nice grilled char but this was ridiculous. I ate it though - below the charred bits the vegetables were quite good. The couscous ($4.95) I ordered to go with it (the veggie skewer came with nothing else) was yet another inedible dish! I asked the waitress how it is prepared and she said “The usual Israeli way - cooked in broth.” She was so inattentive she actually spilled some of the couscous on me as she was setting it down and then pretended it didn't happen. The couscous was yellow with a mush of overcooked vegetables. It had the same over-the-top saltiness as the soup which I suspect it was cooked in. I nibbled at the mushy vegetables and wondered what they reminded me of. They tasted familiar but awful! Cooked to death! Then I realized that they were exactly what I end up with when I make my own vegetable broth: I boil salted water with carrots, onions, mushrooms and celery. But I DISCARD the veggies because all flavor has been extracted and they are tasteless mush: I don’t serve them to anyone let alone to paying customers!

My husband was hungry but at $17.97 for a single skewer of beef shish kebab, he limited himself to the one skewer. My eyes nearly popped out when I saw what $18 gets: Five kabobs spaced out across a large plate. Five little bites of meat, the size of a half a marshmallow. The kabobs were medium rare and good, but the portion felt like legalized robbery. This came with a "salad bar" and "mashed potatoes". My husband returned from a trip to the “salad bar” with over-marinated pieces of onion, cabbage and beets. Bad -nobody ate them. He said there was nothing much to chose from. To call this a salad bar is totally misleading.

The mashed potato was a potato that someone had crudely mashed. This was not potatoes mashed with butter and cream, but a plain dry potato with NOTHING - not even margarine. Then I realized: This is a kosher restaurant so no milk products can be served because they serve meat. (You can't have milk and meat together.) A plain dry potato shouldn't even be on the menu. Calling it ‘mashed potatoes’ is again very misleading. That was the fifth inedible item.

After finally getting the server's attention, she rang up our bill but unbelievably forgot to bring it to us! She stopped on the way to talk to her friend and never made it to our table. We waited patiently and I had to wave my arm to get her to bother to amble over and give us the bill. Maybe they stay in business because tourists don't know better. Or maybe we just came on a very very bad night.

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Thank NickyOm
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Reviewed September 27, 2015
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Thank Denis S
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Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile
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