Persepolis
Persepolis

Persepolis

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.persepolisnewyork.com/
  • Phone: 2125351100
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily 12:00pm - 6:00pm
    Dinner: Sun-Thu 6:00pm - 10:30pm
    Fri-Sat 6:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Persian, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: San Sethachutkul
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: PERSEPOLIS offers exclusive catering by Chef: San Sethachutkul. From intimate dinners to lavish galas, we provide The World’s oldest cuisine combined with personalized service attending to every detail of your entertaining needs.

    Persepolis is located at:
    1407 Second Avenue
 (Between 73rd and 74th Street) Upper East Side of Manhattan

    Please Call: Farshid Bidarian for private event & catering inquiries at 212-535-1100

Getting there

  • Cross Street: bet 73rd & 74th Streets
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: 6 Train to 77th and Lexington Ave.
A word from Persepolis
Persepolis Is a Persian/ Mediterranean restaurant with a dynamic atmosphere and 20 years of experience! The restaurant is famous for verity of kebabs and refreshing salads and gently spiced grilled meats. The yogurt and cucumber blended with a little mint is made exceedingly well and is an ideal cool compliment to Persepolis’ rounds of Pita & Barbari bread. Our kebabs which include moist and delicious salmon or saffron chicken are served without heavy sauces. Instead they are served with a choice of four rices including an intriguing blend of Basmati rice and marinated sour cherries. Our personalized wine list truly compliments our cuisine. We also offer a full classic bar.
We look forward to seeing you!
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Persepolis reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (34)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (17)romantic (11)special occasion (10)great for lunch (7)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)late-night find (2)notable wine list (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Superb experience
    JoanVIP
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Cherry rice, fork tender lamb, almond rice, pomegranate ice cream--what a pleasure. Abundant portions and skinny tab make for a most pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time @ Persepolis
    Sammy
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This was a date occasion. The whole experience was very good for my first date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb
    Chudsy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    First time at Persepolis but not my last. Terrific staff, delicious food, overall a perfect evening with a dear friend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Joey
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Best Persian food ever. The rice is worth the trip but itself.everything is great and good prices too. I love t his place!!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food. Fabulous Service
    Cheebs
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Been here many, many times. Hosted a business dinner this week. Requested a secluded table. Staff was happy to oblige. Half my party was 30 minutes late. No one gave me a hard time about it. Waiters took good care of me as I waited for the others. Fast, reliable service. Food was delicious. The Caspian rocks with cherry rice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I've been enjoying this restaurant for years and it never fails to be a wonderful experience. The saffron chicken, the rice with sour cherries, the appetizers - it's all so flavorful. We tried the red sea martini for the first time - fig vodka, blood orange juice and champagne...spectacular!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poppylore
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good ethnic restaurant, a delicious alternative cuisine from a great tradition and a very welcome addition to the neighborhood.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and different
    Buzzy1
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The city is full of Middle Eastern restaurnats but Persepolis is special. The dishes are familar but different so you may not be venturing far from your comfort zone but you will be rewarded with a new taste. Our eggplant appetizer with tomato was an excellent choice. My chicken with saffron was very nice and very delicate as was my rice with almonds. My friend had a delicious sirloin "meatball". The waiters were attentive and pleasant. We sat there for many hours as we were able to talk with ease (quiet, relaxing music). It was a lovely evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2 nd time around
    AshmanVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Was not as good the second time around. The restaurant has good food but is not very busy so we got stale pita !! A huge disappointment & even brought it to their attention. Even the selection of bread not as good 😖 Will l go back because the core menu is delicious !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always good
    nycadamVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I go to Persepolis every couple of months and always enjoy it. And it's the perfect place to take out-of-town guests for food that is a little different, dependably good and, for NYC, reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • subtle and sophisticated
    quince
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I highly recommend the yoghurt and eggplant dips. Traditional Persian sophisticated mix of flavors. If you know and love Persian food, you will feel the comfort of a home-made, traditional meal. If you are new to this cuisine, these flavors will will you over and you will become a devotee.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Review of Persopolis
    Linda13VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very good Persian food. A friend from Iran suggested certain dishes like eggplant trio as an appetizer which was large enough for the four of us to share. Shrimp dish was good as was the lamb bark The rice dishes like the one with cherries was excellent. Baklava for dessert was not that good but the dessert of orange and raisins in yogurt, ice cream or sorbet was excellent. We are going back in 3 days for dinner with other friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JJJ2
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    The kebabs were not made in traditional Persian way, but the rice and stews were very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First visit; food excellent but
    None
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    there was no air conditioning. Ceiling fans helped but still not comfortable for me. Staff was very helpful and friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Our group of four had dinner at this restaurant for our first time. The table was very comfortable. It was very quiet at first. Then a woman with two children sat down. She had a stroller. The boy was seated in a high chair and screamed for about one hour, which was annoying. The restaurant became very full. The waiters were overworked, which led to poor service. The Persian food was excellent, including the stews, appetizers (humus and eggplant trio) and desserts.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AhmedinNYC
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Persepolis is consistent in the very good quality of its food and the excellent and friendly service of its staff. Its stews are best in NY.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Solid Persian Food
    BeachBumVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Eaten here a bunch of times. Very good authentic Persian food! Excellent kabobs and great strews (almost as good as mom's). Tadigh could be a bit more crispy n I wish they had lavash. But still a great place for Persian.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Place!
    RadioClash30
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food and I would say a nice place to have a romantic evening, although I was there with a group of girlfriends. The servers were also very friendly. The meatball and lamb shank were particularly delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beef Great, Chicken So-So
    ccie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The beef kabobs, both ground meat and filet, were excellent. So were the side dishes. The only thing we didn't like was the chicken kabob which was very dry. I think they should consider using dark meat instead or giving an option.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, Fresh and Authentic!
    Jigsawnovich
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Excellent hummus, fesenjan, cherry rice, and yoghurt dessert! Our waiter was excellent too! This is the best Persian restaurant I've been to outside of Iran, and it is as good as the best restaurants I went to in Iran!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Down!
    greatplace
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was a second visit to Persepolis with friends. Both times, an evening mid-week and a Saturday, we felt rushed through the entire meal. This made it uncomfortable to enjoy the many items we selected to experience the cuisine. We had dessert with coffee and after dinner drinks elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Out standing
    Stevie
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service and food always terrific ! Our entrees were very delicious and piping hot when we received them the waiter was very attentive and gave great service !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 278 reviews are from the Persepolis reviews archive.
  • Persian gem
    art1206
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Very good food and friendly owner. The four of us, shared two appetizers (dumplings and trio of eggplant dishes) that were excellent and enough for four. I had the spit roasted Cornish hen with basmati rice with orange and almonds that were terrific. Everyone seemed to lke what they ordered and we will be going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Persephone - Hidden Gem
    CrankyDiner25
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The food was delicious and the restaurant is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The second time even better!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I first came across this Persian eatery for lunch with a friend that was strictly vegetarian, and it was delightful and reasonably priced with great service. So, I returned for an anniversary dinner with the husband, and we were delighted, again. I had the saffron chicken with fragrant bastmati rice and the grilled carrots with golden raisins. No room for dessert - unfortunately! I recommend this menu. You will not be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Persian pleasure
    GraduationLunch
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Delightfully authentic persian specialties, flavorful and geenrouse protions at moderate prices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    Rosie
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    A round table in the center of a warm and cozy brick lined room kicked off a delicious meal. Tastes galore, served up wonderful appetizers. Beet dishes particularly notable. Entrees all presented well, and flexibility offering salad instead of rice. Cherry rice outstanding! Fairly priced wine list. Welcoming and friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Experience of Persian Dining
    epieater
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    This was the first time I've tried Persian food and it didn't dissappoint. I really liked the stew, the rice, and the desert. I also enjoyed a glass of persian wine which was very potent and put me to sleep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Good food in the neighborhood. Service a bit spotty but good enough. The food is really delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Persian at its best
    BebeVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food is beyond fabulous; the sour cherry rice is a must have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mixed bag
    Vegf
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The starters, desserts and rice were tasty and interesting. But both the meat and vegetable stews were disappointingly flavourless. Friendly waiter but seemed to struggle to understand our order. Nice venue but very loud when full.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The good and the bad.
    Fgarcia426
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    I came for a birthday dinner. The restaurant made the desert special, with candle and overhead music to celebrate, and even gave us complimentary glasses of port at the end of the meal. Some things need improvement, however: the food was expedited too quickly, with all of it having been apparently fired at once and waiters anxiously coming over during the appetizer and aperitif to ask if they could take away food we were still eating. Secondly, the staff was extremely kind but the wait staff appeared to not have assigned tables, which led to 4 people asking us if we wanted another drink within the span of a minute and then nobody being around at moments when we needed to call a waiter over. The food was delicious, though. Very.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    We ordered stews, which are usually excellent -- But this time came away with stomach pains. Not sure what went wrong, but this is an alert.
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  • Pleasant evening at the Persepolis
    squirrel
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We liked the food, liked the vine, liked the service... NO SWEETS, not even baklava...All yogurts were very good but the place has to add some deserts. FOR THE SUGAR LOVERS & CHOCOLATE LOVERS...It's NEW YORK!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful dinner
    good2chew
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    All four of us very much enjoyed our varied dinners. Always love this place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentically Iranian
    FoodThoughts
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    This was our second visit in about 9 months and we were just as pleased with food, service, ambiance, and food value. We visited most of the major cities of Iran in March-April of last year and ate local food throughout the trip. One of the persons from NYC on the tour recommended Persepolis highly and it has exceeded our expectations. The food is truly authentic and as good as the best we had during our almost two week trip in Iran On both occasions my wife had the meatballs and I had one of the stews. We visit NYC once or twice a year and concentrate on ethnic food that we do not have where we live. Persepolis will be on our list of the restaurants to visit on future NYC trips.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special treat
    adoniram1
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I live 350 miles from the city but I get to Persepolis a few times every year. Chose it for a special birthday dinner with people 25 to 75. Every dish was wonderful. I especially love yogurt and eggplant appetizers, marinated Cornish hen, lamb dishes, and rice with cherries. Wish there was a Persian restaurant Upstate.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, service and atmosphere
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We ordered the fileted white fish entree and the chicken kabob along with the 3 salads and 3 yogurts appetizers. Delicious but too much food. One less appetizer would've been better. Also had one if the oaky Chardonnays which was wonderful. Good place for dinner and conversation.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A real find
    DiscerningDiner
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Looking for a restaurant in the upper east side "very east", and a friend suggested thus charming, elegant place. Food was excellent, a new cuisine for me. Service impeccable and attentive (though not too attentive. i.e., intrusive). And, perhaps best of all in NYC, quiet, unrushed, oerfect for business or catch up lunches. I took another friend there the next day. Excellent, reasonable lunch menu.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Persepolis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Good atmosphere & service. Very relaxed. Great apps. Chicken dinner was dry / a bit overcooked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.