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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
  • "Started with their awesome octopus appetizer - it's the best we have ever had - along with a Greek salad. We both had the striped bass special - it was delicious. Finished up with some fabulous Greek pastries. Service is both professional and unobtrusive."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was the third time we dined at Periyali, and we are never disappointed. It's nice to have Greek food in an upscale setting for a special occasion. There is also a nice wine list, and the waiter offered to asist. Also, the portions were quite genorous."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Periyali is probably my favorite restaurant to eat in on a regular basis. The most delicious grilled fish I've ever had anywhere (and world-class octopus); everything else on the menu is good too, and service is always friendly and attentive. Also it's a very pretty space and never too noisy, a real plus in a Manhattan restaurant. It's not fabulous, edgy, or "scene-y" (though I have seen celebrities there on occasion)--just an incredibly pleasant, reliable place to eat."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "I love this restaurant. The food is always excellent, and the ambiance warm and beautiful with gorgeous flower arrangements set against the white walls, and airy back dining rooms. The entire staff is welcoming, caring and very gracious. Everyone I take to the restaurant returns with other friends."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This was an anniversary dinner for my wife and I. We chose an early time (5.30pm), which in many ways worked (we got very attentive and quick service - as we were leaving just after 7pm I got the impression that later diners might not experience the same). As might be expected the restaurant was fairly quiet but still a pleasant ambience. All the food was very well prepared - my one qualm was that the lamb shank I had, while wonderfully tender, was a little bland. But definitely worth a visit."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Hadn't been here before and couldn't ask for better ambiance. Really lovely setting with lots of cozy areas. Hors d'oeuvres were excellent as was dessert. I was a bit disappointed in the Moussaka but will return to try other entrees given the excellence of everything else and there was such a welcoming atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "We enjoyed a lovely dinner. Service was cordial but not oppressive even though it was Restaurant week. Food was very good and portions were generous. Pretty back room. We will return."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "As always, the service and food at Periyali was impeccable! The Filet Mignon kabob was a luscious as I remember. I try to make a point to eat hear when I am in NYC."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We had a lovely visit here with outstanding service from the maitre d (who brought us complimentary dessert wine to round out our meal). Our server was not the most helpful but it was a busy evening so he was distracted. The octopus appetizer was a dream. The moussaka excellent. Lamb chops and fish of the day were tasty but not memorable. Little cakes at the end were perfect. We love the ambiance in this restaurant: it feels like a special evening out every time we go."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "I had never been to this restaurant before, but I had always wanted to go there...the food was outstanding, and so was everything else...surely, I will come again."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This was my first visit to this restaurant, and occasioned by restaurant week. I had a delicious eggplant and pomegranate starter followed by the fish of the day, perfectly prepared. The fish was served with spaghetti squash, a surprise, and rice. The squash needed seasoning. The pastry dessert was uninspired."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "This is a very pleasant and enjoyable place to have an adult dinner with friends. The emphasis here is on good food and gracious modern service. It accomplishes its goal extremely well."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Periyali is a lovely restaurant with an interesting menu and excellent service. However, I was disappointed that they did not offer the Restaurant Week menu on Saturdays."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Honestly the best restaurant in NYC- better than the food are the people who work there- Philip as the maitre d is life changing. Def my happy place xoxo"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Had the striped bass and the octupus apetizer which were both delicious. My out of town guest was very impressed by the quality of the food as well."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We had a great lunch here during NY's restaurant week and the food was delicious. The octopus salad was excellent and a very generous portion and the grilled fish was perfectly cooked, moist and delicious. The restaurant is very attractive with a lovely enclosed garden room in the back and the service was excellent. I would highly recommend this restaurant for good solid food and lovely atmosphere."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "I have had dinner at Periyali many times. The food and service are consistently good and the prices are very reasonable. I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Wonderful fresh seafood and traditional Greek menu options. Everything we ordered was very good. Service was excellent and got us to the theatre on time. An excellent choice for a family or friends that will no break the bank."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I am discovering that Restaurant Week is not really a bargain. the food at the nearby tables looked gorgeous. The Fava soup was great. but the rest... mediocre... I understand that there must be some concessions for the price, but this is the second restaurant where the food itself was a disappointment."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Went during restaurant week and loved it so much I had to make another reservation. The fish was fresh, the dessert was scrumptious and the service was outstanding. A true gem."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "By NYC standards Periyali is an old timer. Grilled octopus is a winner, as are many of the "mezzes". Fish dishes are reliably good. Wine list is o.k., not spectacular."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Great service and wonderful fish preparation(briefly grilled, then baked with olive oil and lemon)for both striipped bass and branzino. Wouldy definitely return."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Relaxing, friendly and professional staff. Great food and service. This was our first visit - will not be our last. So many choices in the area, but this stands out! Must try'"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Periyali consistently delivers great food at reasonable prices with excellent service. Walking in there on a hot summer day, we were immediately enveloped by cool, calm and white. There is no pretention here, just wonderful food in a peaceful setting, almost like coming off the beach into the local taverna on a small Greek island."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "We went to Periyali on a recommendation of a friend and we were not disappointed. This neighborhood restaurant is set down below the sidewalk which allows for privacy from the street. The windows were open creating a relaxed vibe. The predominately white decor mirrors that of Santorini with just enough lighting to create a romantic atmosphere. The grilled octopus and calamari apps are amazing! The food was served quickly and the wait staff was seasoned and very knowledgeable. For dinner, the bronzino and the stripped bass were equally delicious. The fish was fresh and cooked perfectly. Everything from the serene ambiance, to the fresh food, and the attentive service made this dinning experience a memorable one."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been to Periyali AT LEAST 50 times. Always an enjoyable experience. Never had a mediocre meal. Never disappointed. Great classic Greek cuisine with very friendly wait staff. Tip: Get the octopus and Greek salad."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Our experience was wonderful and the food was outstanding. The only minor glitch was that our waiter handed us the check before offering or serving dessert. Nothing major but the restaurant wasn't crowded so it was odd that this happened. He was gracious about it & gave an us and extra dessert. Overall I give the restaurant very high marks & I plan to go again soon."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Periyali is always perfect. Wonderful ambiance, very attentive service, and really great food. The grilled octopus starter is for SURE the best grilled octopus in the city. Every fish is really fresh, whatever the "of the day is"... get it. Don't be shy to try Greek wines just because you may be unfamiliar with them, let your server recommend one to you. Periyali has a sophisticated selection."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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
  • "I selected this restaurant for my birthday dinner, having had previous birthday dinners here, and it completely lived up to my expectations. The only dish that disappointed was the somewhat tough greens (dandelions?) that accompanied the fish dishes that the other 3 people in my party ordered. Everything else was cooked as requested, was beautifully presented and served, and was in just-right portions. Greek cuisine is a favorite, and this is the real deal. The recommended wines were well paired with each of our meals."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Have been coming here for over 25 years. Need I say more? FANTASTIC!!!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Periyali is, hands down, my favorite neighborhood stop for Greek food. I'm surrounded by some pretty impressive restaurants in the flatiron but I really find myself drawn to the fresh fare here. The food is better than the service (sometimes a little slow) but the staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. Highly recommend! The grilled octopus is a 'must have'. Definitely a neighborhood gem and without a doubt worth traveling to dine here."
    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
  • "Truly excellent. Professional service, great food."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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