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Per Lei
Per Lei

Per Lei Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.perleinyc.com
  • Phone: (212) 439-9200
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am Saturday Lunch/Brunch: 12:00pm - 4:30pm Sunday Lunch/Brunch: 11:30am - 4:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Patrick Allouache
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Custom Menus for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Director (212) 802-5587

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 71st Street
  • Public Transit: 6 Subway train to 68th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available after 5:00pm for a fee.
A word from Per Lei
Join us on a sensual journey of culinary delights created by executive chef Patrick Allouache who brings to the table interpretations of his culinary global experience guaranteed to make your mouth water. Visual delights are created by Italian Artist Fabrizio Musa who's colorful women are seductive and inviting and are bathed in a beautiful light created by the dazzling chandelier imported from Austria. The wine list boasts of over 200 award wining wines carefully handpicked. Come enjoy our outdoor seating in the warmer months! Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Been before but service terrible, and pasta overcooked. Hope it was just a bad night as lovely restaurant in our neighborhood!"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "I live right across the street, and have therefore been to Per Lei a few times now. They are consistently good. Their food is excellent, as well as their service. Everyone we come in contact with is always very friendly and helpful. This past visit I took my family, and the chef actually made a lobster risotto that wasn't even on the menu for my dad. We've never been disappointed, and I would recommend this to anyone looking for a great meal."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "I've dined at Per Lei for many years and always enjoyed it. The food is always good - and was terrific Saturday night - and the staff very nice. But the prices have gone up and the wine list prices ($450??) were absurd. If this is an experiment, Per Lei needs to end it!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "A very nice Italian restaurant with a menu that is different from the usual. We dined with another couple, and three of us had the rack of lamb, which was delicious. One had the pasta special, which he said was very good as well. Portions are generous. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Per Lei is not inexpensive, but is a good bet for a special night out."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This was a nice neighborhood restaurant the service was adequate and the food was good. I went there for brunch and sat outside on the St. side not the Ave side. It proved to be a good choice. It was quieter and the shade from the trees was perfect. Luca, one of the workers there greeted me and my guest with a nice compliment as soon as we walked up. The food came quickly and was correct. We weren't rushed and were tended to adequately. There's minimal WOW factor here but I would return to have that "one on one", "off the beaten path" intimate setting during lunch or brunch. It's within walking distance to many stores which is a plus."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Despite a few service mis-steps this is a reliable neighborhood Italian. The staff is very accommodating and the kitchen very adequate. There is no "Wow" factor, but after all this is a bit off the beaten track. Nevertheless, you will not be disappointed!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "All the doors were open and the noise of the traffic, especially the buses, on Lexington Ave made our dinner unpleasant. Also, it was a hot night and the A/C was not effective with doors all open. Great food, go in winter!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I was disappointed that after making a reservation they placed us at a table directly next to the server station and kitchen...the restaurant was near empty also...so it is really unforgiving "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Very accomadating... Food was good service was good will be back "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "Took my mother for Mother's Day and we loved it. Delicious food, attentive service."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Per Lei just doesn't disappoint....ever! Since opening we have never had a bad meal...not even an average meal! Only suggest, although we noticed a few slight changes, how about a menu overhaul soon? Our favorite neighborhood spot and we take friends here from "downtown" as well!"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "I have been here many times and I continue to come to Per Lei over and over again bringing a new groups each time. No, I do not work for the restaurant...Haha. The food is always good and the homemade pasta wonderful. The team there treat me wonderful and always make me feel welcome and remember my name."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Was not crowded on a Wednesday night 7 pm. Bronzino and tuna tartar were great. Wasn't car y about the apple tart. Offered prosceco and champagne which is nice as many will only offer one or the other."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "We had phenomenal service. The food was delicious and wine was phenom. Would definitely recommend."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We went on valentines night. Even though we had a reservation, the host was very overwhelmed by the number of people, and was seating walk-ins before people with reservations, almost in a first come fist serve basis - which nullifies the point of having a reservation. The food - was just ok. We both got the steak, which came with brocolli rabe and potatoes. I've had better."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had dinner here on Valentine's Day, the food was great, the service was quick, onobtrusive, and attentive. The only downside was that the place was so popular, getting to and from our table was difficult and its was very loud, so conversation was difficult. Overall, it was a great night."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had never eaten here, after walking by numerous times, so I made a reservation for Valentines Day, on a whim. It may have been a particularly busy evening, but there is nowhere for patrons to wait other than around the tables where people are eating, so that took points off of the ambiance. The food and service were fine. For a local restaurant, I want something that is either particularly good, or decent at a reasonable price. I thought this was overpriced for what it was, but that may have been Valentines Day special pricing which was not reflected as such on the menu. Not memorable. Overall, I'd say it's a good slightly overpriced local joint, with nothing notable about it."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Hadn't been in a while, but found the food and service as good as I remembered. Service is friendly and efficient. Food is very, very good and the ambience of the restaurant, lovely. I highly recommend. While the basic menu is great, with many choices and moderate by New York standards, specials can be a bit pricey, but of high quality and delicious. I had the Branzino and it was delicious, if a bit pricey."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "What a darling restaurant! Open and light during the day, and sophisticated for the evening. Beautiful crowd, great food, lovely service. Outdoor dining during the spring is fun. Lurve the desserts !"
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "The food was very good and everyone of us enjoyed it. The service was fine, not perfect but we never wanted for anything very long. The noise level was unacceptable to us. We asked on 4 separate occasions to please turn the music down so we could have a conversation instead of a shouting contest. One issue was one of the speakers to the music system was right over our heads. Other than that we liked the place and would probably visit again, just a different table."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "I had the Osso Bucco and ordered several sides of vegetables. Everything was excellent. My wife and I splurged on a very high-end bottle of wine since all wines over $50 are 50% off on Monday and Tuesday nights. Great experience!"
    Dined on 11/19/2013
  • "A pretty place. The music was a little loud a first, but seemed toned down later. I had a pasta dish with mussels which was delicious and my husband had the striped bass. Service was good."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "It was a quiet monday efening dinner but per lei hosted us graciously and the food was very good."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "I booked this restaurant after searching budget restaurants of $$ (under $30) at UES and found this one. However the entries of steak and the special bronzino fish are $36 and $38 . The worst thing is when the bill came, the fish became $40. But I didn't want to argue about the $2 in front of my friend from China, so I just paid it though shocked and uncomfortable. The waiters seemed nice, but over attentive. They kept on trying to take the plates away for several times when my friend was still working on it. t We felt very unwelcome, so we left quickly. I think opentable should investigate their menu and check out their price, and re-categorize them to the correct list. Definitely not $$."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Nice intimate space like dining in a private event. Lights so dim that some of us had hard time reading the menu. Enjoyed the chocolate papardelle duck ragu and my husband liked his choice of veal ravioli. To my disappointment, the rucola salad had only traces of gorgongola cheese and no pistachios, as was described in the menu."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "First time here, Loved Baronda, so I wanted to give this a try. The food &, service were perfect. The lighting and music make the place complete. The place has a vibe. THIS PLACE IS ON TIME!! Loved it,"
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "Can't wait for the 2nd avenue construction to be over so the outside space will have a prettier view."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "This was the first time in my life I walked out of a restaurant!! There was no one at the restauatant and we waited a half an hour until someone came by. When they did, they couldn't even get orange juice and iced coffee correct! I was with two other friends and we were really disappointed and will not be returning there ever again. For the high prices they charge, their service was horrible!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "The food was very tasty; it is a cool place, very cool decorated; excellent service. I had a late dinner I don't know if that affected that it was a little bit empty. But definitely delicious food and very chic-romantic."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "Enjoy the little outdoor space. Service friendly and prompt. Food tasty. Been there several times and will keep going back."
    Dined on 8/25/2013
  • "Words cannot describe how wonderful the wine, the food and the music is as well as the wonderful servers. My friend and I were able to talk and never wanted for anything. The food was delectable."
    Dined on 8/2/2013
  • "Friendly service, good quality food. They have wine special on Mondays and Tuesdays for 1/2 off any bottle priced $50 or more."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "The food for brunch was very good and the service was excellent and friendly."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "I was here for brunch. I was excited to try this place and I wanted to like it so much for its location and outdoor seating but the food was bland. I had the frittata and my bf had the steak which was tiny. The place is beautiful, maybe I would come back for a drink but not for the food."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "Highly recommended. Great food and excellent service. Good portions as well. Will definitely be back for the duck!"
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "Food was OK, but somewhat over priced for the portions. Service was inattentive for the few customers that were dining there considering there were 10 servers on the floor talking and texting among themselves. service"
    Dined on 7/19/2013
  • "The tall glass door kept slamming shut! If I worked there that would be fixed in 5 minutes. Very distracting during lunch. The chicken my wife ordered was tough and a bit stringy. My pasta with Bolognese sauce was very good. We shared cheese cake for desert and it was excellent. The food was uninspired. It could have been better."
    Dined on 7/9/2013
  • "Highly recommend! The gluten free pasta is scrumptious...had to verify it was gluten free with the chef because it was so delicious and tasted like regular pasta. Chicken Milanese was fantastic and very fresh. Very friendly and attentive wait staff. Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Will certainly return and will definitely recommend to friends. Don't let the Second Ave construction stop you from eating at Per Lei!"
    Dined on 7/2/2013
  • "Service was not good. Started off & then never saw server again, had to keep chasing down someone. Not the first time the service has been off."
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "I have a palate that is accustomed to well-seasoned good food that is prepared with love. I personally found my dish to be all of that and thensome. This is my second time to Per Lei and I will keep coming back. Really well done Italian food prepared with great flavor and superb service."
    Dined on 6/17/2013