Periyali

Periyali

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.periyali.com/
  • Phone: 2124637890
  • 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 2124637890

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreek
Periyali reviews from OpenTable diners
134 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (84)fit for foodies (62)romantic (53)special occasion (50)good for groups (30)great for lunch (25)notable wine list (16)late-night find (7)great for outdoor dining (7)great for brunch (5)hot spot (4)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Again and again,
    Holly
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Periyali delivers delicious food, excellent service and a wonderful experience of Greek food. The Greek salad is the best I can find in NYC and the keftedes are heavenly. In a neighborhood that is now chock-a-block with great places to eat, I come here again and again. It is head and shoulders above the rest.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • like an evening in Greece
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    loved the ambience after a busy day in the City. Felt you were on a small vacation. Food was great, service great...would go again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Traditional Greek Oasis
    GaryHVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Few places remain that are true to their traditions, but modern in presentation and menu. The seafood was excellent. Waiters are attentive, knowledgeable about their wines, and genuinely nice. White table cloths in a congenial setting. If you want a calm oasis with fine food, this is the place.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Periyali Perfection
    Buzzy1
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We have been going to this restaurant for years and it is always delightful. The food is delicious, the decor is attractive, the staff is pleasant and one can have a conversation with ease while dining. We had a round table in the back for the 5 of us and it was quiet. A lovely evening of delicious food and catching up with old friends. Chicken kebab with fennel and couscous was very tasty as were the lamb chops. The trio of dips was a great starter. The selection of cookies was the perfect ending. There is a good selection of Greek wines as well. Periyali will NEVER let you down !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • lovegreekhomecooking
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    I am of Greek parents & grew up on homemade Greek food cooked by my mom. This is absolutely the best Greek restaurant in Manhattan.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great friends recommendation
    Xlii
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    A great friend of mine turned me on to this fabulous restaurant years ago. It stands the test of time. You need to order the octopus appetizer. It's generous enough to share. Order your own lamb chops because you won't want to share them! Try some Greek wine too! They taught the Italians a thing or two about grape juice! And yes Baklava- because you have to. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vitoVIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This was a repeat visit and the food and service was exceptional. The bronzino was great.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Always good
    Kgoddess
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I needed a restaurant near the Metropolitan Room and was searching around when Periyali popped up. I was taking friends from out of town and wanted a neighborhood place with great food. Periyali fit the bill. Friendly, busy but not loud and the food was delicious. It was a great meal. Moussaka and grilled shrimp and filet shish kabobs!!!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great every time
    CaliGirlNyc
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    This is one of my go to spots whether it's with friends or family - you can never go wrong here! Get the chicken and egg soup, octopus, lamb chops and the chicken. All great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Debby
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Enjoyable evening.Could have been quieter. Service fine.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed
    pamkVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I went here because I love a sister restaurant - I went for a traditional Greek moussaka and was disappointed. My husband's lamb chops were perfect. Tried it probably would not go back.
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  • getting by
    Tallguy1
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Periyali was one of the first GOOD restaurants to move into the Flatiron area and it was always a treat to go there. I had not been in 2 years and was looking forward to eating there always good food. Alas they are coasting on the past. The octopus was terrific, a Greek beter get that one right. But the quail was dry and not flavorful. The Mosaskca was also a bit dry and nothing special, the green beans that accompanied it were like steam table, way over cooked. It was also hard finding a good wine at $55. So i guess it is good bye to this old friend.
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    romantic
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  • Delicious
    jesz
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    So it was a business dinner, so I only had a main course, which was the steak skewer, but it was absolutely delicious. And considering we were deep in business discussions, the service was immaculate.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • margaret
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Always one of my favorite spots - Host is are always so welcoming even though i have only eaten there maybe a half dozen times he treats you like you are a reguler ! food is always fresh and portopn very generous cant beat the $38 pre - fix menu
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    fit for foodies
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  • Greek experience
    freemaxouVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Greek table to try Good food but not fancy food Wine list not very well know by waiters: the wine suggested was just ok
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • too much salt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Returned to Periyali after a year away and were delighted to find that the food quality is still high. The salads and dips were lovely--fresh, tasty, served in a beautiful arrangement. Then we dug into the salmon baked in phyllo with spinach and YIKES so salty we were unable to finish. We told the waiter. He shrugged. Mumbled something about the spinach. Will return but won't order that dish again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best octopus I have ever had
    SeattledinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I would give this restaurant 4 1/2 stars if possible. Periyali is an elegant Greek restaurant. Their signature appetizer is a marinated grilled octopus. This is must have dish.it is tender and flavorful, not even slightly rubbery. We also had delicious quail and Greek salad. For the main,I has branzino with cous cous and broccoli rabe. Everything good, the cous cous a little dry and bland. A not too sweet baklava finished it up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    photogalVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We had a very good meal. The service was great and it's a very pretty place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Periyali has been around for decades, but it never changes -- not the menu, not the professional service, not the excellent Greek cooking. If the restaurant is no longer a revelation, it always satisfies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Great after shopping for furniture
    foodiefanVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We greatly enjoyed this low key Greek restaurant. We had the smoked trout salad, which was delicious, my wife loved the grape leaves, the meatballs were very tasty, and the branzino was almost as good as the branzino we had on the Amalfi Coast this summer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek seafood
    Eatoutinnyc
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Enjoyable evening of food and drink. Our waiter was very helpful with the wine selection. Food was flavorful . The decor was particularly pleasing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek Restaurant
    suttonplaceVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The Bronzino and Greek salad is consistently excellent.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUR FAVORITE GREEK RESTAURANT
    dca1125VIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We've been clients for 25 years and love the place and the food and the service. It's worth a trip out of your neighborhood to get there
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    jacntom
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I came to NYC for our 1 year anniversary and celebrated the occasion at Periyali. The staff and owner were all so great in making it a wonderful experience. We love the street it's on and this is truly a neighborhood gem. Next time we come to the city we will certainly eat again at Periyali.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OUTSTANDING
    pookie54
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    IF YOU WANT TO BE TREATED THE WAY YOU THOUGHT YOU SHOULD BE TREATED AT A RESTAURANT THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU THE FOOD AND WINE MAKES YOU NEVER WANT TO LEAVE THE SIX OF US WERE BLOWN AWAY BY THE OCTOPUS AND FISH DISHES HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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  • Wonderful Greek Restaurant
    ManhattaniteVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We sat in the enclosed courtyard area in the back. There's a skylight, and when it gets dark, lights turn on. They also have abundant, beautiful, fresh flower arrangements set in wall recesses. We definitely felt as if we were in Greece. The food was seasoned and cooked perfectly. The wine was good. The wait staff was attentive. Highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food vs bartender
    GregVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Bartender had a personality of a wet mop Food was great; portions slightly small and waiters kind of snobby
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RobertVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Periyali is a favorite neighborhood restaurant. The food is consistently fresh and delicious. The service is always friendly.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Twenty Years and Counting
    Jerry
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Periyali has never disappointed. We've brought many guests over the years, and not one has ever been unhappy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    MTCCVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
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    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Very Enjoyable
    Addicted
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    PietroVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
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  • DonnaVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early dinner
    ShoreView
    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.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    RobertaVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Such a wonderful meal!
    sherylbeth
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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.
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  • all round pleasant
    Shinenge
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new to me
    CrombieVIP
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • delightful dinner
    CSRNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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