Pera Mediterranean Brasserie
Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.peranyc.com/
  • Phone: 2128786301x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm, Saturday: 12:00noon - 10:00pm, Sunday 12:00noon - 9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Sezai Celikbas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Fine gourmet catering and chef-for-hire catering is available to your venue of choice.
  • Entertainment: Live standard jazz and vibrant latin jazz on Fridays from 6:00pm onwards, featuring some of the most talented and unique musicians in NYC.

    To view the schedule of upcoming performances and for more information please visit www.peranyc.com.
  • Special Events: Private Dining, special events, catering and delivery services are available.

    Please contact us via email to events@peranyc.com, by visiting www.peraeventscatering.com or by calling 212-878-6301.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 41st and 42nd
  • Public Transit: The 4, 5, 6, 7 and S Subway Trains stop at 42nd Street. The M1, M2, M3, M4, M42 and M104 buses stop at East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free street parking is available on Madison Avenue and all side streets after 7PM Monday - Saturday and all day on Sunday. Parking garages are available throughout the neighborhood, with the closest ones being on 41st Street between Park and Lexington Avenues and 39th Street between Park and Madison Avenues.
A word from Pera Mediterranean Brasserie
Stylish Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine with an emphasis on mezes and grilled meats. Join us for a selection of mezes and appetizers or opt for main course, including the Pera Tradition tasting menu, and let us take you through a journey of flavors.

Lunch and dinner menu is served Monday - Friday, brunch and dinner is served on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekend brunch also features a $21 prix-fixe menu and a $19 unlimited brunch cocktails option.

Wine & Meze Happy Hour special nightly at the bar & lounge. Pre-Theater Prix-Fixe Menu (three-course) for $35 from 5:30PM - 7:30PM.

Private Dining, special events, full-service catering and delivery services are also available.
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Pera Mediterranean Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
137 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (62)great for lunch (59)good for groups (42)neighborhood gem (34)special occasion (26)romantic (25)notable wine list (22)vibrant bar scene (16)hot spot (14)great for brunch (10)late-night find (5)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Authentic Turkish Fare
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I was very pleased with my overall experience at Pera, but most notably with the food. I'm from this part of the world and am generally very critical of Mediterranean/Turkish cuisine because I know how it's suppose to be done! The Lamb Adana was spot on...seasoned beautifully and cooked to perfection. My co-worker had the lamb burger and said it was the best he's ever had. We also shared an order of hummus and fries at the recommendation of our server which were both excellent. We contemplated getting a second order of fries. Friendly and competent service. Impressive selection of wines by the glass as well. I had a very nice Vermentino. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very noisy weekday lunch
    SavvyVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Wrong restaurant to meet and catch up with friend; very noisy at 12:30; could hardly hear each other speak. Crowded tables. Food good but not great. Chose this restaurant due to location near Grand Central Station.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wow
    PrintfansVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    I had not been to Pera for several years. The current menu, food, plating and service are excellent and definitely worth a return visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Very good Mediterranean food. Nice spot to go to after work for a glass of wine and nice dinner. I highly recommend trying at least 3 of their appetizers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pera blah
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Quite mediocre- poor service, nothing special. It was close to my conference but won't go again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Souzapalooza
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Close to grand central, this is a great spot for a glass of wine and some Mediterranean tapas to enjoy with friends or coworkers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud but good
    Globetrotter
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I had been to Pera once for dinner and it was so loud I could not hear the other two people at the table. I was told by the waiter it was because of a birthday party at the bar. However, I returned for lunch and it was just as loud. You could actually hear the noise on the street. Having said that the food was quite good (two of us had the lamb twist which was very tasty and one had the lamb burger which he raved about). The service was very solicitous. It was our waiter's first day but when he couldn't answer our questions another waiter (gently) took over for him.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful
    awesomeVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Meal is always wonderful no matter what time of time. The basil, watermelon and feta salad is absolutely delicious and very refreshing. Sometimes have lunch with clients/friends with food allergies and staff is always helpful and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lamb-tastic
    MaskedMarauder
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The Lamb Adana was perfect. The gluten-free options were well appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Delicious
    SadieVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    The food choices were delicious-we ordered all vegetarian plates and each one was so tasty. Will be visiting here a lot witht he holidays coming up!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    Albiceleste1
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great wine and great service combined with great food. Michael and Stefan are very friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Had a wonderful experience here, service was very attentive and knowledgeable the food was delicious. Looking forward to going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location, quick lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Pera serves a good lunch, with decent service and food. Prices a bit high
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 3rd Visit and Struck Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    This was my 3rd visit to this location and the food is still above average, but the service hit an all time low. The server did her best to rush us through our meal (even though the restaurant was half empty), brought the wrong wine, then advised us that they were out of our wine selection and suggested a different bottle (which was $40 more per bottle), proceeded to spill wine on the table while serving, reached across the table to serve the wine (instead of walking around the table to pour each glass) brought unordered dishes to the table, and had the table cleared before we were finished. we ordered after dinner drinks..... and we were not surprised when she came back and said they were sold out of the drink! Disappointing service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Be prepared to wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Pera is delicious and truly a gem in the culinary wasteland of midtown. Based on the food, I would normally give a thorough recommendation of the restaurant. The grapefruit, avocado, and octopus salad is divine! However, waiting 30 minutes beyond the reservation, when you and your clients arrived early is unacceptable. Having walk-ins seated before you is also unacceptable. Wish it had been a better experience becauseI was hoping this could become my go-to client lunch spot.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid
    Impartia
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This restaurant is a good alternative to the traditional NY restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ambulance Called Due to Service!
    DrinksAreAlwaysWelcomeVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    At a work lunch, my colleague had reported a nut allergy before ordering the fish sandwich (which we were assured contained no nuts). Halfway through the meal, my colleague started wilting. We opened the bread only to discover...chopped walnuts! We challenged the waiter - who had then AGAIN reassured us there were NO nuts - to bring out the chef. Due to the confusion, the epi-pen was not used. Finally, the waiter came out to confirm those were walnuts, and would he like another dish? By then, he was already in an ambulance! "Due to the inconvenience," the manager removed the sandwich from the bill. Only after I dropped the word "liability" did they waive another 50%?! *Seriously* lacking on the service front all around.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Lunch Spot
    Richard45VIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    The food at Pera is creative and well prepared. The restaurant has an attractive look with an open kitchen. While the noise level can be quite high, I requested a quiet table for a luncheon meeting through Opentable. The maître d' had flagged this on the reservation and was able to accommodate my request.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • perfect for business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Anticipating an important conversation, we requested a table that was quiet enough for an important business lunch. We were given a table that fit the bill and, combined with food, service, and ambiance that were all very good, are happy with our choice for the lunch meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, Uncomfortable Seating
    pittypieVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was good, seating was beyond uncomfortable which made the meal one I couldn't wait to end! I understand wanting to make the restaurant feel like a lounge, but the seats we were in were far too deep and I'm 5'10". My back was killing me and as such I focused more on that than my food which was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not Great
    GTownBoyVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Have eaten here 3 times now and think my last visit will be the last. Restaurant slow on Friday and Saturday nights. Service quite slow and most of all the quantity of food for the price , lacking. Will not return.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Update on pera
    servicechargeissueVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Pera has gone downhill the service is horrible the bread with my Adana was not cooked properly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Waiter was unattentive and rolled his eyes put off by my husband's request to purchase a different beer after a first sip & decided he didn't like the Turkish spice flavor. As I did not have change & did not want to wait for it, we decided to go ahead & leave a 25% tip. He took it said "be right back" and when I said you can keep the rest - he looked back down at it and turned and walked away without saying thank you. Food was great though. The tables were pushed too close together & we felt too much a part of the intimate conversation next to us!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good restaurant
    Albiceleste1
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Had an excellent dinner over a week ago with great Greek wine, and then a very nice lunch the other day.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodienycVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Far too noisy to enjoy our meal. While the food was fine, it was impossible to have a lunch meeting six people b/c no one could be heard.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Very good food
    Fran01
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Simply excellent. The service is incredible and the people are very kind. The menu is very complete and satisfy to every one of us
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding birthday dinner
    grazer61
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The internet yielded Pera as one of the recommended restaurants for the Grand Central area, and for good reason. In addition to its convenience for those staying near the terminal, the prices and portions are very reasonable. The food was delicious, and our server, Aaron, was extremely accommodating and friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jazz Friday Night
    Siah
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Caught the restaurant week menu on a Friday. Delicious Lamb paired with the Bourbon Sunset specialty cocktail. Great live jazz band, ambiance and service. 2 thumbs up.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Lemonade was sour tasting 2 times. Couldn't drink the first one nor the exchanged one. Music was terrible. You advertised jazz on Friday nite, but that was NOT what was playing. If you improve the music, you'll have a gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    MCL1969VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Very disappointing Restaurant Week experience. The venue is quite loud as the tables are practiclly on top of each other. And the food was way overpriced for the quality, as i've had better calamari at pubs (they should really grill it in a Turkish restaurant) and was offended that I needed to order a side with the lamb adana (this is not a prime piece of meat, like you would get in a steakhouse). I will not be returning.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Judy-Westchester
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We had a lovely brunch, wait service was very good. Most of the table had the French Toast which is the best! We were not rushed at all and the waiters kept filling up our water glasses without asking.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Pera has a great lunch salad, it's a great place for a business lunch, efficient, upscale and good location.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Greater
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I went in having no expectations and left as a potential regular. The spices made the food more enticing and the lamb dishes were succulent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hate to whine, but...
    hungrybrooklynite
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    There was a problem with the wine. I was at Pera somewhat last minute with my wife for this Restaurant Week pick. With our meal we could order wine pairings suggested by the sommelier for an additional $17. The maitre'd appeared and helped us select four wines to pair with our aps and entres--3 ozs. each. The desert wine was never presented nor offered. Then we were billed at the regular price of about $10/glass. To their credit, the waiter amended the bill, but customer care should have been a bit more superior in such an establishment. In the end, like other places we've tried during Restaurant Week, there's a disconnect between offering customers a chance to sample some of the city's select spots and profiteering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gone From Good to Mediocre
    mcm1049VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    On my sixth visit to Pera I concluded that the food, which was once very good, has passed to the category of not worth the money. Pera continues to offer a fairly good selection of Mediterranean cuisine, but it turns out to be boring, bland, and cooked and prepared without much passion for the cuisine. Waiters continue to be dismayed at those of us who order lightly or share a number of small plates and tapas. For all of this, I'll spend my money elsewhere.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • scottc
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Vibrant dinner and bar scene in midtown. Food very tasty and prices reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OK food slow service
    deemeade
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Visited for restaurant week and that may be thr reason behind the extremely slow service. Some items on the menu were a great hit tthough. Some others were just so so. I would go back after restaurant week to give a better critique.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    PaulinaH
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Have been there several times. The food is always delicious and the service is top notch. You have to try their pear cider, amazing! Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • disappointed
    quality1st
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The noise level was so high that it made it impossible to carry a conversation. The food was mediocre. The only redeeming quality was the decor with high ceilings and beautiful lighting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • pickydiner
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Consistently good food and service. Excellent for a business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.