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Olive Tree Cafe

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Greenwich Village
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117 Macdougal St, Frnt B, New York City, NY 10012-1267
+1 212-254-3480
11:00 - 02:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 02:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 04:00
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Kirkwood, Missouri
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164 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2012

Our lunch was delicious and low-priced. Not only that, we watched Charlie Chaplin movies... at lunch. What a delight! I had their special borscht with beef and cabbage, a dish I haven't had in years. Highly recommended.

Thank Easyg1
New York City, New York
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2012

Had a delicious strawberry daiquiri here! Also, lots of delicious choices of salads with or without chicken. It's not too crowded earlier on Friday nights. The hummus is delicious, too. The name deceives, it's got a great menu aside from snacks and coffee (as in, it's not just a cafe). The atmosphere isn't spectacular, but it's nice and be aware... More 

Thank Anne N
Columbia, South Carolina
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2012

The Olive Tree Cafe is good Mediterranean food, but definitely not great. There are plenty of Mediterranean restaurants in my hometown of Columbia, SC that are far superior to the quality of the Olive Tree. The best thing that they have going for them is that they are connected to the Comedy Cellar, and it is very convenient to eat... More 

Thank Kpeezy0430
Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2012

This is one of our favorite places to go when we visit the village. The food is excellent and extremely reasonable. The Israeli salad and k-bobs are just amazing and seasoned perfectly. The Mediterranean Grill is just DELISH! Its fun to see what people draw on the tables, the other day an artist left an incredible portrait on the table.... More 

Thank RuthPatterson
Brooklyn, New York
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2012

The food was good. Nothing to rave about but good food, great portion. The service was slow the night we visited but maybe we were hungry and wanted our food instantly. Service was slow and seemed a little haphazard and to get to the bathroom you have to walk through the comedy show downstairs.

Thank LadyLittleFoot
New York City, New York
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2012

A great fusion of food and people in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Sometimes inn the evenings, they will ask guests if they would like to go see the comedy show down stairs in their other place the comedy cellar... FOR FREE, where Dave Chappelle just happened to walk in unannounced and do a new bit.

Thank M P
New York City, New York
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42 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2012

This is a well known restaurant from the days of Bob Dillan yet the food and service and atmosphere are still going strong. Downstairs is the popular Comedy Cellar with nightly cheerful young crowds waiting to enter. You cant beat the MacDougal St locale. New York University is a constant threat to the viability of the authentic village. Currently cillage... More 

Thank bbestnyc
Koping, Sweden
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 8 April 2012 via mobile

I really recomend the nacho plate with chili. Prices are reasonable and the quality of the food is excelent.

Thank Per H
Kansas City, Missouri
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87 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2012

Brick Walls. Charlie Chaplain movies playing in the background, chalkboard tables, dark warm wood trim and fireplace, low lighting....the perfect ambiance for any occasion. When I walk into Olive Tree Cafe, it reminds me of what Greenwich Village could have felt like back in the 60s. I could sit there for hours, and daydream and wish I lived in NYC.... More 

Thank SallyLuu
Just North of NYC
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79 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2012

I'll make it simple. TABULIE made fresh for you. The borscht is just like mom, if she was from Russia, is terrif. But the service is the highlight. The waiter was funny and caring...even though it was busy.

Thank Cole d

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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, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 02:30
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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