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Posted by Murray Hill gal on 06/04/2008
Ethos is a very welcome addition to Murray Hillwhich is sorely lacking good restaurants. The food is always fresh and delicious and simply preparedbig great salads or grilled fish or grilled calamari drizzled with olive oil and lemonvery healthy. I especially recommend the grilled calamari salad (which I crave once a week and sometimes have delivered) and the grilled red snappermy favorite of all the wonderful whole fish optionslight and flaky and boned at your tableyou can go to the back of the restaurant and pick your fish or tell the waiter how many pounds you would like your fish to beI usually get a 1.5 pounder or so for 2 peoplecomes with 2 sides. The Greek salad is classis and a very generous portion2 can easily share a small one for an appetizer and still struggle to finish itand the grilled Greek sausageless healthy than most of the other offeringsbut very tasty. I have not had a bad meal here. And be sure to grab a couple of Ouzo candies from the big bowl at the door on the way outa perfect palette cleanser! All in all one of my neighborhood favorites.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/06/2008
went there last Sat night, the place was packed and loud but in a good way. my husband and I ordered the whole fish to share and it took them exactly an hour from the time of placing the order to bring us the fish and we didn't order any appetizers. our waiter seemed to be perpetually confused with the orders of people at tables around us, too. i guess the most interesting point of ordering the whole fish is coming up to the display and actually choosing which one you like, but we never had this opportunity - i guess our waiter made the selection for us, which kind of took away fun from the experience. the fish was good, but nothing extraordinary and the sides were rather mediocre. i don't think we would go there again just not a good value.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/17/2008
I love this place. Fresh food, good service, and great value. I make a trip every so often and I ordered food from here for my girlfriend's bridal shower.
Posted by ASL on 02/01/2008
I have been to Ethos over 25 times and we almost always get a very good meal. We typically share some appetizers starting with the greek salad, grape leaves, grilled shrimp, hummos, etc. I don't like their calamari, generally tough. We almost exclusively get a whole fish, either the red snapper or branzino. It always comes out great. The sides that come with the fish are delicious. The restaurant will usually also give free dessert. The waiters are good, but not friendly. The previous reviewer's experience (Steve) I feel was an anomoly. The place is somewhat loud but not worse than most places. Overall, if you want fish by the pound this place is cheaper than many other expensive Greek restaurants in the city and just as good.
Posted by Michelle on 01/03/2008
This restaurant has become my favorite in Murray Hill. The food is extremely tasty, fresh and plentiful. Their fish dishes are great and the appetizers are amazing. I have become addicted to their wonderful eggplant salad appetizer and chicken orzo dish that comes in a clay pot. The dinner prices are good considering the big portions (I always leave with a take-home package) and they have some very good value lunch specials. All my friends who I have taken to Ethos have really liked it too.
Posted by Dr. WD on 12/08/2007
I have not lived in NYC since the 1960s. I stil have an apartment in Gramercy Park so Ethos was near. The last review from Steve gave Ethos a pretty poor rating. I wondered if we just went to the same place. I just checked. There is only Ethos on 3rd Ave. in NYC. We had reservations 7:30 Saturday night but we were there 5 minutes early. We were seated immediately. The waitress was there in 2-3 minutes and the excellent Santorini wine there in 3-4 minutes. I'm not Greek but love Greek food. The food was 4.5/5 and service 5/5. I'm not sure what happened to Steve's group. I had a very different experience. The music was too loud as was the talk around us but that is what I think about all NYC restaurants.
Posted by Steve on 12/03/2007
I do have to say Ethos certainly gave me the worst dinner I've ever had in New York city. I dined with two other couples at 7:30 on a Saturday. We did not leave the restaurant until 10:15. We didn't stay so long because we were having a great time. We stayed so long because the service was the slowest I've ever experienced. Our waiter never ever came over to check on us at all. After maybe 45 minutes after we ordered our dinner our server came over to me and asked "are you guys going to order dinner too or just have appetizers?" I of course was confused and reminded him that he just took 6 dinner orders 45 minutes ago. He only replied " One second sir". He never came back to give us an update. When our dinner finally did come out maybe half hour later we received 5 of the 6 dinners. The 6th dinner took another 20 minutes to come out. When it did come out it was the wrong dinner. It took maybe another 10 minutes to get the right dinner. Nobody apologized to us at all. I do not recommend this restaurant at all. It is by far the worst in the city. I can even tell you that people were screaming at the hostess behind us because people with reservations were being turned away from the restaurant. If you want a good dinner with a nice relaxing atmosphere this would not be the place to seek that out.