Best Mediterranean in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Dig into dishes from these top-rated Mediterranean restaurants in NYC.

Taïm
Middle Eastern · NoLita · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.6

“Fresh and fabulous” falafel is “the really real thing” at chef Einat Admony’s “hole-in-the-wall” Israeli joints, where “glorious” eats at “gentle prices” are “a vegetarian’s dream come true” ; they’re both “fast” and “satisfying” , though the West Village original’s “vest-pocket” space means it’s “best to take away.”
Taim West Village
Falafel · West Village · $
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.1 · Service 3.6

“Fresh and fabulous” falafel is “the really real thing” at chef Einat Admony’s “hole-in-the-wall” Israeli joints, where “glorious” eats at “gentle prices” are “a vegetarian’s dream come true” ; they’re both “fast” and “satisfying” , though the West Village original’s “vest-pocket” space means it’s “best to take away.”
Convivium Osteria
Italian · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

“Superb” Mediterranean cooking and “ambiance to burn” define this Park Slope “date-night” nexus where the mood's “intimate” and service “shines” ; a “quality” wine list, “fantastic” garden and “particularly romantic” cellar are bonuses, and if that’s not enough, it’s an “easy walk to Barclays Center.”
Estela
New American · NoLita · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.8 · Service 4.2

You “can’t go wrong” at this NoLita “hot spot” from Ignacio Mattos, where the “beautifully executed” American menu includes “highly original” Med-influenced share plates; the “small” , “loud” space is “less than thrilling” and bills do “run up” , but scoring reservations is still a “challenge.”
Little Owl
Mediterranean · West Village · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.4

A definite “bucket-list” candidate, this “tiny” but “stellar” West Villager offers chef Joey Campanaro’s “elevated” Med–New American cuisine served by an “expert” team in “extremely tight quarters” ; reservations remain “ever-elusive” even a month in advance, but wised-up admirers just “keep trying.”
il Buco Alimentari & Vineria
Italian · NoHo · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Unpretentious” but with a “pure NY vibe” , this Il Buco spin-off is a “go-to” for “simple yet refined” Italian-Med fare – “especially the pastas” and “ridiculously good” short ribs – in a “homey” NoHo setup with a front market area/coffee bar; communal seats and somewhat “pricey” tabs aside, it’s “comfortable” for just about “every occasion.”
Boulud Sud
Mediterranean · West 60s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

A “top choice near Lincoln Center” , Daniel Boulud’s “calm oasis” continues to “excel” with “beautifully prepared” Mediterranean dishes served “with aplomb” in a “civilized” adult setting; there may be “a bit of sticker shock” , but it “never fails to deliver” quality to “justify the price.”
Olea
Mediterranean · Fort Greene · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

“On the keeper list” in Fort Greene, this BAM-area “favorite” features “delightful” Med plates (including notably “wonderful tapas” ) set down in “cozy” , “colorful” digs by an “accommodating” crew; since “everyone in the neighborhood” knows about it, be ready for “bustling” crowds and “long waits” , especially for brunch.