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Periyali Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.periyali.com
  • Phone: (212) 463-7890
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Executive Chef: Jimmy Henderson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Periyali is available for private events of all sizes and offers personally customized menus and experiences no matter what kind of event you are looking to book.
  • Private Party Contact: Dimitri Kyroulis (212) 463-7890

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 5th & 6th Ave
  • Public Transit: 1,F,V,N,R,4,6 trains
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking from 6pm-11pm, Public parking lot just down the block
A word from Periyali
A cool Mediterranean retreat from the city's chaos, with fabric-swathed ceilings and pristine white furnishings. Even on a hectic night, service is calm and competent, and the professional couples at most of the tables seem to be speaking in peaceful whispers. The kitchen offers scintillating versions of hearty, refreshing Greek favorites. Souvlaki is charcoal-grilled and up scaled with filet mignon to produce an impressively tender, succulent result. Wine-marinated octopus legs are also charcoal-grilled, resulting in astounding flavor and not a hint of rubberness. Classics like garlicky skordalia, fava beans, sauteed chicken livers over lentils, and spanakopita are all best-of-breed versions, the latter prepared as a platter of bite-sized pies. A sizeable portion of moussaka, consisting of layers of juicy ground lamb and eggplant, tied together by a superlative béchamel. For dessert, the array of delicate pastries and the deeply creamy rice pudding are excellent without exception.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Diner Reviews
  • "We recently went to Periyali because we wanted to introduce it to some friends from out of town. As always, the food was delicious, and the service attentive and informative. Our friends were equally thrilled to taste the grilled fish and baklava we had raved about. No one was disappointed!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Truly excellent. Professional service, great food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "If you're looking for an excellent meal where you can have a civil conversation without having to scream across the table, this is your place. The price fix menu is a great deal. Even though everything is outstanding, my favorite dish is the salmon in filo dough."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Avoid this restaurant!! I used to come frequently to this place since I live close by but it has lost its charm and manners. The service is terrible (the waitress brought the wrong wine, spilled beverages and was generally unknowledgeable of the menu). The manager is rude and called me difficult when I said I couldn't have the farmed fish (I'm only eating wild fish for the time being as advised by my doctor due to a medical condition). The food is ok but don't compromise on quality by coming here. You will regret it!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Have been coming here for over 25 years. Need I say more? FANTASTIC!!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "I have been to Periyali a number of times for business lunches and they never fail me. The place is lovely, the tables are well spaced, the service and attentive, but they leave you alone to talk. The food has a range of offerings for the light eater and the person wanting something substantial. The wine selection if brief, but sufficient. don't miss the octopus, even if you never liked octopus, and the smoked trout was flavorful and served with a fresh salad. Both of us were on diets (again) so we skipped dessert, but I have had several of their desserts and they were all very good. In short, Periyali is just about the perfect place to have lunch, whether it is for business, pleasure and even a bit of romance."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Although our table was exactly as requested (round), several members of my party found bones in the filet branzino & the waiter's response was really not satisfactory("only in one part")."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "The best greek restaurant I have been to in NY. The octopus appetizer was awesome and the lamb chops were the best I have had in a long, long time. This is definitely a restaurant to visit if you like authentic greek food."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite Greek restaurants in NYC - every time I go it's excellent. And I'm Greek, so I have high standards! The octopus is some of the best I've ever had, and their fish is always cooked to perfection. The atmosphere is also great, with a light, airy interior that makes you feel as if you're on one of the Greek islands. Service is always excellent too - attentive, and they never rush you."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "I had not visited the restaurant for some time and was absolutely delighted with what I found. The décor was lovely, the service attentive and welcoming and the food perfect. I have recommended it to several friends and will continue to do so as well as plan for a future visit."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Disappointing. We had heard such great things about it, but the service was minimal, the food nothing special."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I would happily go here with both trendy New York guests and out of towners. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is friendly. Good service and pretty floral decor. Had been around for ages and never gets old."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming to Periyali for years. We've not been disappointed yet! The only Greek restaurant we have ever liked as much was your sister restaurant in Great Neck. Alas, it closed a long time ago. For anyone going to a show at the nearby Metropolitan Room, it's a perfect location for either before or after the show. That Periyali opens at 5:00 PM, while the Met seats at 6:30 to 7:00 is just about ideal."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "The food was wonderfully tasty, and the service was attentive. The low noise-level allowed me to enjoy the company and the delicious cuisine in a comfortable and relaxing setting. It was a truly enjoyable evening, and I'd love to return soon. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have dined at this restaurant a number of times and found the food and service to be excellent. Granted we dined on the early side (6:30 or so). This past Thursday we made a 7:30 reservation and the restaurant was quite crowded. I was amazed at how poor the service was. It was a good 20 minutes after we finished our first course before the main course arrived. We were contemplating dessert, but, based on the time it took for the previous course to arrive we decided to abandon desert. The check, I might add, was handled quickly!"
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "The food was excellent. Service spotty. Noise level before 7 pm was quiet, once restaurant filled up so did noise level. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Periyali continues to be consistently phenomenal when it comes to food and service. We both had black sea bass as entrees that were extraordinary in taste and freshness. Coupled with the octopus appetizer and a stuffed tomato, rice pudding and orange cake, we loved our entire meal. They also have some wonderful Greek wines."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We've been clients for as long as I can remember....20+ years.......and love Periyali. It's always the same and it's always a pleasure to return. The room is lovely, guests upscale, service terrific and we love the food. Start with beans and other Greek dishes and share..........we suggest going as a party of 4 or 6. We always seem to have kebobs or lamb shops for our main course and prefer them "rare". Enjoy"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Periyali has been around for decades, and its food and service never disappoint. Once an expensive indulgence, the prices at Periyali haven't risen as fast as tabs at other restaurants, so that now the cost of dinner there is moderate. Best of all, its Greek cuisine and caring service are still at the top of their game. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The service was an impeccable and the food was very good too."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "No matter when I have a meal at this restaurant I come away saying I need to eat here more often. The food is delicious -- always fresh and healthy. The staff is friendly and the setting is warm. "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "An old-reliable that has kept up its standards over the years."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "When we go to NYC, we try a different greek restaurant, since CT really doesn't have any. This place was a gem. Service was excellent and our waitress made great wine recommendations. The octopus appetizer was out of this world."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "The chicken souvlaki entree consisted of four tiny pieces of tasteless meat.. Are they kidding"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • " Octopus grilled to perfection, in a sauce that adds to the dish The mixed appetizers -- a perfect start to a dinner "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Great skordalia Good service Fine presentation I was not disappointed. Returning after a lapse of visiting "
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "We wanted a quiet, romantic spot for a Sunday night supper in Chelsea, walking distance from our house. My dearest remembered that he liked Periyali for business lunches. We both love Greek food and good sea fare. So we made a reservation and walked there at 8 pm. It was perfect. Pastel and white. Roses on the tables. Frank Sinatra playing quietly in the background. Favorite comfort food--egg lemon soup--and a delicate baked branzino stuffed with minced herbs, mushrooms, and olives. Darling had his favorite octopus followed by 3 thick and juicy lamb chops, deliciously seasoned (we had to take one home). How rare to have just the special dinner out one hopes for."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Periyali continues to offer good traditional Greek cooking in a pleasant townhouse setting to a generally older clientele. Prices are moderate and you can actually hear conversation. We started with the octopus, baked sardines special and Greek salad, all very good, they really understand octopus, and this is a satisfyingly superior version. The meal fell apart with the main dishes, tasteless veal medallions, and the very expensive baby lamb special with all of the flavor cooked out. The bread basket was poor quality. Deserts, baklava and orange cake, were just OK. We had a Mercouri red for $54, which could be found for $20 on wine searcher. I wouldn't rule Periyali out, but ordering dishes like moussaka might be a better dining strategy "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Slightly overpriced for for 'basic' Greek. No real surprises. beautiful place very comfortable. great service. Octapus GREAT! Soft shell crab wonderful (Special)"
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "I hadn't been to Periyali in quite a while and looked forward to the wonderful food I'd enjoyed there in the past. Happily, I was not disappointed. We were a party of three and all had a wonderful time, splitting several of the delicious hors d'oeuvres and moussaka. It was a treat - thanks."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food is always outstanding and the seasoned staff is always attentive and welcoming."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "royal treatment, neighborhood gem deluxe, i'd go back all the time "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "We skipped the entrees and split 5 apps for dinner, like tappas. Plenty of food. Best Greek meal I've had in a long time. Waiter was kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. "
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "Not bad at all, decent food, competent service, nice place. Just nothing exciting, and not a good value for the price. We had the "lunch special" which works out to at least $35 without drinks, and there are much better deals around, and no shortage of good restaurants in the area."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "As mentioned by most reviewers the Grilled octopus is delicious. We each ordered a serving as my husband didn't want to share his. The Greek salad was also very good, fresh ripe tomatoes and a delicate dressing. We both had lamb chops which was wonderful, me with he Arni Yuvesti, my husband with the chops. Will definitely be going back."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Periyali was an absolute gem. From the very diverse bar, the courteous hostess and the very attentive owner, my friends and I were welcomed and taken care of through our entire dining experience. They definitely back up the reviews for decor and food. Highly recommend the octopus and quail to start. We will absolutely be back to take in the other great cuisine on the menu."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Everything, from the warm greeting at the door to the pretty environment to the truly memorable beet salad, salmon en croute and scrumptious assortment of cake, all at a most reasonable price."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Periyali is a good restaurant with very good Greek food, the grilled Octopus is the best in New York City and is the same of 20 years really good. Small menu but with everything you want, I love the chicken livers over lentil for an appetizer also great to share. Always reliable with a very nice atmosphere"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This used to be a charming place with delicious food. Food was over cooked and service was too swift and impersonal."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "We chose Periyali mainly because it was well reviewed on New York Magazine's site, was conveniently located, and accepted OpenTable reservations. We also like Greek food. It was better than we expected. The service was efficient and friendly, the food was light, fresh, and tasty (especially the sardine appetizer). We would certainly recommend the restaurant and look forward to another visit."
    Dined on 3/22/2014