Pepela
Pepela

Pepela

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pepelanewyork.com/
  • Phone: (212) 658-1115
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:30pm;

    Dinner: Sunday: 4:30pm - 4:00am,

    Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 4:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Modern European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
  • Executive Chef: Malkhaz Maisashvili
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Live music

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Park Avenue and East 30th St.
  • Public Transit: 6,N,R trains to 28th street
  • Parking: No
A word from Pepela
Pepela Restaurant, New York, is a fusion of modern European and traditional Georgian cuisine situated between Rosé Hill and the Flatiron District. The posh maisonette offers an area for cocktails upstairs while downstairs offers comfortable dining and entertainment. With a variety of fish, vegetable and light meat dishes, Pepela captures the palettes of even the most critical gastronomists New York produces. Sophisticated and charming, Pepela offers patrons a warm welcome and experience that is sure to bring them back.
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Pepela reviews from OpenTable diners
13 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (7)good for groups (6)romantic (6)neighborhood gem (3)late-night find (3)fit for foodies (3)great for brunch (1)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • RTTUVIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Third time in Pepela. Food is good, not noise and friendly staff
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  • Best dining experience in NYC
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Stopped by Pepela at 5:30pm on a Wednesday after seeing a matinee. We had the place all to ourselves for a while. Beautiful dining room, very friendly service and amazing Georgian food. Really enjoyed the Kharcho soup with tender veal and the Khinkali dumplings with beef. The owner stopped by a couple of times to make suggestions and see what we thought of the food. He appreciated our compliments and enthusiasm for his food. He surprised us at the end of our meal by comping a large piece of Tiramisu. I've had Tiramisu before, but never one this good. We also enjoyed his favorite Georgian wine. Can't wait to go back and try more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique and delicious!
    LoboNJ
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food is Georgian (as in former Soviet republic not the US state) and it is memorable. Service was fantastic, too. But, seriously, go for the food and the ambience. We went on a Thursday night and there was a singer there who was quite good as well. Highly recommend this hidden gem - in a brownstone, looks like you're entering someone's home but it sets the perfect atmosphere for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early week dinner at Pepela
    nycfamous
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Heard about this place so many times and finally got there on a Monday night dinner. Wonderful ambience and beautiful decor really impressed me. It's definitely worth seeing. They have a very nice and quiet bar on the first floor where you may have a pre-dinner drink while you are waiting for your guest. The main dining room is downstairs. They do have live music and it starts around 7-8 pm. Our server Cristina was great. She was very polite,attentive and experienced. If you know something about Georgian food-that's the right place. The chef is Georgian and he knows what he's doing. Khachapuri and khinkali were the best I ever tried in NY. The only dissapointment is the music.It was too loud.Maybe bc we were sitting to close to the scene.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RustyVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Portions small and service lacking- staff was friendly
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Something new and different
    macnycVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    My husband and I visited this lovely restaurant because we were intrigued by the opportunity to try Georgian food. The setting is lovely - in an old townhouse, nicely decorated and very well-spaced tables. The service was very friendly and courteous - we wanted to try Georgian wine and they offered tastings to us before we selected our bottle. The food was plentiful and tasty, using combinations of Georgian spices and fresh ingredients. We enjoyed our experience, and plan to visit again for lunch or brunch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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  • A beautiful experience
    KaybeeVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Set in a charming brownstone, the restaurant and good presentation was beautiful. The service staff was very friendly and kind and the food was delicious. We will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 43 reviews are from the Pepela reviews archive.
  • Overpriced.
    mike
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Veggy appetizers were interesting, special Georgian taste. Khachapuri not bad, but not really special. Very nice Georgian bread. Buglama of Salmon was very well prepared, rice and sauce were very interesting. However Kupaty and Mzvadi Ketze (pork Kebab) were mediocre, nothing special. We paid $343 for 5 people (including automatic tip) and it felt too high a price for the amount of food we got, most of which was appetizers and only 3 entrees. We had a bottle of wine too.
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  • Warm and welcoming
    WTJFRM
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We had a great experience at Pepela. Welcomed warmly, we spent over two hours luxuriating in authentic Georgian cuisine with the most wonderful service. The charming atmosphere added to the enjoyment, as we sat under the skylight on a thunderstorming evening in a quiet and pretty dining area. We would highly recommend Pepela.
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    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Wonderful place!!!
    Party1
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I went to Pepela on Wednesday night with my friends. First of all my compliments to the ownership. The staff was very attentive and friendly. I tried Chacha drink (their specialty), love it. Also they got live music. We were dancing all night long. We are definitely coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming...
    ZvladVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We were very excited to eat at Pepela because we really love Georgian cuisine, but we were very unimpressed with the food. A few dishes were good, but overall it was disappointing. The decor is great, service was good and the restaurant staff was very friendly and pleasant. Unfortunately, we will not be returning any time soon.
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  • Just a lovely restaurant and
    milenaVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Just a lovely restaurant and the food is fantastic!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Horrible experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Got there at 8:00 main dishes were not served until 10:00. Food and service was poor.
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  • Pricey, but interesting
    fdc40
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    Without the voucher, we couldn't have afforded to eat here. And while the food was good, it wasn't good enough to justify the undiscounted cost. The meats (I had pork, my friend had lamb) were over-cooked. The sides were switched (I got the potatoes he ordered, he got the grilled veggies I ordered). And we often couldn't get the server's attention when we wanted her. The dry Georgian red wine was very good after it breathed in the glass a while. The ambience had a charming, old world quality.
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    special occasion
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  • Very good food, interesting
    misstheclassicsVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Very good food, interesting and unusual dishes. Decor ambiance OK, but importantly not too noisy. Entertainment was unexpected surprise, but why Spanish not Russian slant? Only two of the listed deserts were available (disappointment) and no American coffee -- only option for it was "Americano" (diluted espresso).
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy dining in townhouse setting
    kellyVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Wonderfully decorated with exquisite chandeliers and beautifully displayed bar in a townhouse situated in Murray Hill. An array of foods made for vegetarians but also includes seafood and meat dishes for the carnivore (veal, pork, chicken, beef). Also, the bar list includes an interesting variety of cocktails and wines. Service is excellently paced by Alex who is so nice and helpful with recommendations. We were fortunate to meet the owner of the restaurant. He is so kind and gracious. Even Bill Clinton ate there! Conveniently located on 30th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious. Upscale Georgian
    diane
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Delicious. Upscale Georgian dishes. Excellent wine/wine list from Georgia. Wait staff excellent at advising on food and wine selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Hidden Gem...
    Jessi
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Tucked away in a Brownstone you almost don't realize to walk into the building. Upon opening the door you are pleasantly surprised by the beautiful decor. There's a bar upstairs. The ambience is sexy and cool! We were greeted immediately and taken downstairs which is so sexy. White decor with chic uplighting creates a romantic yet inviting environment. There is a stage which we learned Wed-Sun there is live music. Onto the food and drink. The Georgian food was to die for! The Eggplant roll and meat pie was awesome. Our entrees... WOW!!! A pork dish (huge portion) was so tasty and the Salmon again huge portion was fabulous! We can't wait to go back on a weekend for live music!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anthony
    nyfoodieVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    the restaurant was empty at 6 p.m. I went there for the foisted gras which they told me they were out of about 20 minutes after we ordered. We were the only people in the restaurant for the first 45 minutes and we received extremely poor service. The waitress would walk by us without even asking us if we needed anything. We took our entrees to go. We have to go upstairs and ask for the check. We were completely ignored. This place is going out of business and soon. Would strongly recommend not dining here.
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  • Not worth going back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    You should know if you make a reservation through open table it's for the lounge area not the dining room. That was fine for us, just a little awkward to eat, but the bar scene was nice and you could still hear the live music playing. The crowd is mostly eastern European. The food is decent but not great. We finished our dinner but then had a while before our movie so we would have ordered another round of drinks...if someone had come by to ask or take an order... To be fair the waitress seemed really stressed and was running around taking care of twenty things at once. It was an ok experience but can't imagine having any desire to go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Contemporary meets Old World Charm
    GerryL
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    A wonderful dining experience is easily had at Pepela!!! Varied furnishings serve to blend hot contemporary with old world charm to provide pleasingly comfortable spaces for either dining or drinking. However, DO NOT PASS ON THE WONDERFUL MEAL SELECTIONS!!! Well prepared-, savory- & interesting takes- on what some may consider 'comfort food' are simply outstanding (e.g.- a brothy veal stew that was simply amazing!!). Would have enjoyed more exposure to the upper floors; but, attending patrons were transported to a "Barcelonia-favorite' by the trio of wonderfully talented musicians scheduled that evening. Continued success to my newly found Midtown favorite!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic find
    Billm
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    The food here was the best I've tasted in NYC and I've lived here for 3 years. I have never eaten Georgian food before, but was really great. Will be coming back very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pepela
    Divit2
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Enjoyed our visit ... food was exceptional and service very good. Hostess was very accommodating in seating us as we arrived 2 hours early for our reservation..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One-of-a-kind NYC restaurant
    DiscerningNYCDinersVIP
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We are so happy that OpenTable led us to experience PEPELA for the first time on Friday night -- and what a unique experience it was! While it was our first time trying Georgian food and wine, it's clear that this kitchen understands flavor. We enjoyed every single dish we ordered -- from the eggplant rolls stuffed with walnut paste and garnished with pomegranate seeds to Lobio Kotanshi (a hearty bean stew). The menu features many vegetarian and even vegan dishes, much welcomed by the increasing number of New Yorkers who are eating this way. The Georgian wines were delightful to explore -- including the unusual pepper-noted rose-style Rkatsitelli. Wonderful food and wine, sweet service, lovely ambiance...we can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • the waiter forgot what we ordered
    happy
    Dined on 12/25/2013
    On Christmas night we dine there and ordered 2 Cold starters one Hot starters and an entrée. The restaurant had only 4 tables occupied. After 55 min I reminded the waiter that my child was hungry and we got three dishes and after 50 min we asked the waiter about the entrée and he said that we did not ordere any. All three of us were sure that we did but he was not convinced. He offer to take an order but it was too late and we left. I wish the waiter would have taken notes on our order and repeated them back to us. Otherwise we left hungry and disappointed.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Different and Worth the Trip
    simontnycVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    We felt very welcome upon arrival and the sensation did not ebb for one minute during the entire meal. The food portions are ample and the food was excellent or very good all around. We enjoyed the dumplings (which were very filling) and the appetizer made from beets and the stuffed peppers. I had lamb chops which were cooked exactly as I like them (they weren't huge but since they were an entre they didn't need to be. My companion ordered a glass of the Georgian wine and this might have been the only disappointment of the evening. I ordered a Bordeaux and it was fine. The offered us complimentary shots of tarragon infused vodka after the meal and, to our surprise, it was quite tasty. I'll happily return. Good value.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really great food. Try things
    SirEatsALot
    Dined on 12/2/2013
    Really great food. Try things that you are positive you wouldn't like and they will surprise you
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • i thought georgian was going
    Eater2222
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    i thought georgian was going to be southern cuisine. silly me but we were not disappointed. waitress explained everything and made great suggestions. food was different but excellent and the place is gorgeous.
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    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a Trip to Georgia
    JannVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    It is like being in a different country. The nightclub/restaurant setting was unexpected. On Saturday night at 9PM, most of the tables were filled. Most of the women were dressed to the nines. An eggplant appetizer was tasty. The main courses were good, mostly for the sauces--the actual Chicken & Salmon themselves were not flavorful. Lemon tart for dessert hit the right notes. The singer was using her Apple notebook for her accompaniment and it was a bit too loud, we were relieved when she took a break. We probably won't go back but it was an interesting experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    Foodlover
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Went to Pepela for bday party. Really enjoyed food and atmosphere. Definitely recommend that place.
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    notable wine list, great for lunch, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Simply Elegant
    DomingoVIP
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    This was a surprisingly nice find. We loved the simply elegant white decor and the delicious Georgian food.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find. Very quiet, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    A real find. Very quiet, but interesting and well prepared Georgian cuisine and wines not found in other restaurants. Wonderful for a new adventure. Very caring and well informed staff. Without asking, they offered to have us try several wines before selecting a bottle.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect choice...
    Dacha
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Great food and great place.The food is delicious.Everything was perfect, appetizers was amazing.The signature chicken dish is fantastic.The staff is very attentive and friendly and made sure we had everything we needed for a wonderfull night out...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    Dined with a friend. Was nicely surprised. Beautiful chandeliers and purple lighting gives it a club/Lounge vibe. It was a Sunday night and very quite, just 2 other tables. But I rather enjoyed that piece. Food was absolutely delicious, authentic georgian. (I am georgian and I can tell). We shared mixed appetisers (especially, loved beats with walnuts), Khachapuri ( one of the best Khachapuries I have ever tried) and Khinkali. We were served by a very nice and friendly Russian blonde waitress, who at the end of our meal gave us two shots of chacha (georgian vodka) on the house. Overall I was delighted with the experience. I will definitely go back.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went to Pepela with friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Went to Pepela with friends after work. It was my first time there.and i was SURPRISED!!! The ambience and decor of the place is really amazing. I will celebrate my next b-day there for sure!!! More than that our dinner was delicious! very friendly service. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially for the area it's a guaranteed good time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but empty
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    I met a friend for a drink the other day at Pepela.. it's a pretty townhouse restaurant. We sat at the bar, there were only two other people there. The bartender was friendly and we had appetizers which were good, but not a place i'd recommend.
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  • Authentic Georgian Experience
    Eatoutinnyc
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    The upbeat decor sets the mood for a delightful dining experience. The food our table selected with the guidance of our most agreeable waiter was delicious! We dined very early & were the only patrons until right before we left at about 7:30 pm. We're not quite sure what this says about their future or do Georgians prefer eating later in the evening! With a few photos of President Clinton & The President of Georgia hanging on the wall, one would hope that many high profile people will experience Pepela & draw in a big crowd.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hearthy food to share
    pinusVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    This is not a restaurant for foodies or a place that will get a Michelin star for delightful tastings of small portions of food. But if you want to eat well, with large portions of well-spiced food, either in a group or with a family (portions are always served to share), and you want something out of the ordinary, this is a recommendable place. When we were there, the place was not particularly busy but my guess is that this can vary a lot, depending on whether larger groups get reservations here.
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    late-night find, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beauty & the Beast
    Marylu
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Beautiful bar area and nice dining room. Go for drinks and appetizers and leave the main courses alone. Watch out for overly sweet Georgian wines on their wine list.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very pleasant surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    We booked a table at Pepela not really knowing what to expect and ended up having one of the best all around dining experiences we've had in NY in years. The food was interesting and delicious (cannot comment as to whether it is "authentic" ), the service was gracious and warm, and the atmosphere was great. The live music when we were there was incredibly high quality: a trio playing a mix of (presumably) Georgian music, jazz standards, and even Latin music. I'm not sure if this band is there all the time or if we were just lucky, but we really enjoyed every element of the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.