Super fresh fish - everything
Super fresh fish - everything was delicious. Had to forgo moussaka this time, but it is always delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant.
6/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love Octopus? Run, don't walk, here
The octopus, greek salad and grilled striped bass are all excellent. They spend three days preparing the octopus - beating, blanching, marinating and then grilling. Some of the service team have been at Periyali since the Restaurant opened more than 20 years ago. If you want a healthy, tasty and fast business lunch or a night to catch up with friends, then Periyali hits the spot.
6/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the city's best Greek
One of the city's best Greek restaurants with a formal yet unpretentious style. My only complaint concerns Periyali's steam-table vegetables that accompany its otherwise-superlative main courses.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food is excellent. although the waitstaff was often scarce, the management and staff were endlessly patient with my indecisive parents, which made it more than worth it. This place is also good if you want to eat healthy.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love it - interesting and delicious
Get the Octopus. Follow the recommendations - all worthwhile. Lovely staff. Terrific wines.
6/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is the 3rd time I have been to this lovely Greek restaurant ( so I am biased!). We managed to get a last minute reservation and arrived to find the place hopping. We got a lovely table outside so felt very lucky. The service was spot on - he didn't hassle or rush us as we took our time sharing some wonderful starters - baked feta ( to die for) and grilled ocutpus over a wondeful bottle of a Greek red and then moved onto the Halibut for our main.
A fantastic evening
6/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
a pleasure all around
The food was excellent. We ordered many appetizers and salads for the table instead of main courses. The waiter was kind and generous enough to stop us from over ordering. The octopus was outstanding as were the meatballs. Cannot say enough about our waiter. The noise level was perfect. Others were having fun, too, but we were still able to hear each other at our table without shouting or straining. All in all, highly recommend.
6/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our meals were flawless...beautifully presented and carefully prepared, our appetizers and main dishes hit all the right notes. The restaurant has a lovely selection of Greek wine, and the decor is very refreshing (all white) and tasteful (wonderful bouquets that reminded me of the ones in the Metropolitan Museum of Art).....overall a memorable experience. I will dine here again.
6/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Oldie and Still a Goodie
I first went to this restaurant more than 20 years ago when I worked around the corner. Have been there since -- but not for many years. So nice to see that it's still busy, still super fresh, perfectly prepared fish, great wine list, and warm welcome. Possibly the best charred octopus in the city. Our waiter was pretty much MIA except for when he took our order, but other than that, a great place for dinner and a great experience. Loved that it was busy and lively without being so loud I had to scream instead of talk. I won't wait another 10 years before going back.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really enjoyed it. My husband had been coming for years and when we needed a place to meet friends in NYC, he suggested Periyali. I NEVER write reviews but the food, service and ambiance were excellent so I had to say something.
How a place can be great for romantic dinners and special occasions (back rooms) and groups (front room), makes this place extremely unique. Branzino was perfection, my friends loved the Octopus and the cocktails and wines were very good.
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
food is always great and service
food is always great and service excellent!
a favorite early sunday dinner spot for us
6/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food and the service are
The food and the service are outstanding.. if you are looking for a quiet place to have a delicious meal this is your place.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb, simple cuisine. Beautiful,
Superb, simple cuisine. Beautiful, understated room, friendly and well trained staff.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfection for All Seasons
Good for the summer, winter, and anything in-between, Periyali is a gem! The watermelon cocktails, octopus and grilled fish are divine in the summer! The winter's lamb or mussaka dishes and a hearty Greek red wine are all you need! And in between... everything is perfect!
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Good Lunch
Periyali has been around a long time, and deservedly so. Excellent quality and well prepared food. This is Greek food at it's finest.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend and I both celebrated our birthdays here. The service was attentive and the food delicious. The appetizers were very large. We enjoyed the meal very uch.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Greek Food
I went for R.week, and was expecting smaller dishes as many restaurants indulge in the practice, The grilled octopus was delicious (ok size), and the grilled lamb very good (2 chops, instead of 3, regular menu). unfortunately, the wine by the glass selection is very skimpyl, a bad california cab, a mediocre argentinean malbec, and anothe so-so I cant recall. So I ordered a bottle of the Coppola syrah which was reasonably priced at $48. IEnjoy Restaurant Week minus a bit loud...
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had reservation and were seated as soon as we arrived. Waiter was slow coming to the table. Had to wait for him to bring menus and had to ask for drinks. Food was as described and excellent. Grilled octopus was perfectly cooked. Pistachio was excellent. Portions were more then adequate. Noise level a bit high. Overall a great dining experience and would defiantly go back.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely saturday evening dinner; appetizers were superb (smoked trout; quail; octopus, beet salad). mains were very good--special (greek fish) was tasty but the portion of fish was too small. Also parking on the street after 6pm is easy and free.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Four of us enjoyed a Restaurant Week dinner at this enchanting spot. The room is spacious and beautifully decorated and the choice of offerings, both on the Restaurant Week specials and the regular menu, is extensive and interesting. The octopus is really as delicious as everyone else noted and the rest of our dinner was as good. Our waiter was knowledgeable, professional and charming. He suggested little known wines we truly enjoyed and made accommodations for a special dietary need in a subtle manner.
We will return and recommend Periyali enthusiastically.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Periyali is a NY staple. Excellentl
Periyali is a NY staple. Excellently prepared greek cuisine, in a very comfortable, contemporary & classic setting, with a vibrant scene that spans many generations.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant never fails
This restaurant never fails to deliver quality food, fresh fish, and polite efficient and helpful service. We've gone on our own for "date night" as well as with other couples or family members and always leave satisfied, relaxed and certain that we will return.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Periyali has never been more appealing. I've been going to this restuarant since it opened and I've always enjoyed the authentic Greek cuisine, excellent service and atmoshpere. Today it's better than ever. Although it's been renovated several times over the last 15 years today it's at its most charming, plus the dining experience has never faltered. Aside from the lovely ambiance, the food does really shine. This is Greek cooking that you would expect to find at a fine restaurant in Athens.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
warm welcome, prompt seating even for my incomplete party - service was gracious if a bit slow here & there. The food is delicious, fresh, contemporary & classic Greek. The waiter was very sincere, obviously wanting to insure we enjoyed every aspect of our dining experience.
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice fresh food and good service
Nice fresh food and good service plus good acoustics! Bravo
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Return to and old favorite
After many years I re-discovered Periyali. We hadn't been there is many years. The restaurant appealed to me the moment I walked in, with it's clean white lines and subtle lightening as the night time sky was upon us, inviting us in.
My son suggested we order from the prix fixe dinner menu that evening. I was a little hesitant to do that as sometimes, I find those menu suggestions to be small and limiting....but not there! The choices were good so I gave it a try. When the waiter brought out our dinner the portions were were large, the food nicely presented and most of all delicious! Along with the prix fixe we had each had wine and coffee. Periyali is a little expensive but worth it! We will definitely be back!
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We absolutely loved the food here. The octopus was perfection as was the sampler of dips and pita bread. My family all chose the Branzino which they raved about and said was cooked just right. We did not sample dessert as we were way too full but the desserts looked amazing. Will definitely go back. The service was very good too
8/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
The best restaurant in Manhattan
I've been dining here for the last four years, must have gone at least 10 times. I cannot speak highly enough - the food is excellent, the atmosphere is very romantic, and the service is always superlative. I met the owner on my last visit, felt it was time I left a positive review after all my wonderful experiences here.
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have been back here many times and this place never disappoints. The branzino and the salmon are prepared to perfection. Plus this is one of the few places where you can actually have a normal conversation without screaming. Classy!
8/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of our favorite Greek restaurants in the City. Brought friends with us this time and they loved it as well. Will definitely be back.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
lovely upscale Greek food
a wonderful change to your expectations of Greek food. lovely room, friendly service, and very very good food
9/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Appetizers...grilled octopus Greek salad
Delicious as well as the.bronzino. Consistently good.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, great atmosphere,
Great food, great atmosphere, waiters were less than charming. They seemed like they were doing us a favor which is a bummer when you want to feel like you are on vacation on a beautiful Greek Isle. I have been there three times, this is the first time i have felt like that. The food is delicious and the rice pudding is the best i have ever had.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the Best
We have been here a few times in the past and the food and service is still one of the best in NYC.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Periyali Restaurant Review
We've been eating at Periyali for over 20 years; the food is consistent, authentic and delicious, the calamari is fresh and tender, the mezze is always flavorful and diverse; the salads are fresh and delightful; the pita is always freshly baked; the desserts are heavenly. The maître d' is kind and friendly; the wine list is excellent, the waiters and busboys are knowledgeable and polite; the crowd is well behaved. The bar scene is solid; the bartenders are very knowledgeable; whether you're having a drink and or enjoying dinner while sitting there. If you love Greek food and wine don't want to be hit over the head with garlic, eat at Periyali! :-)
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food & great service!
Try the Octopus & enjoy a great bottle of Greek wine!
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
just like jr year in greece
will probably never get back to greece and was there only once at 21 years old. it was such a wonderful summer, with charbroiled fish, mousaka, rose wine and brand-new in love. Periyali brings me back.
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Periyali, to which I have been going for 20 (?) years, delivers fabulous food in a calm, quiet setting. We lingered for 2.5 hours over a lovely lunch and never felt rushed. The waitstaff, many of whom have been there a decade or more, are efficient, professional and unobtrusive.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delightful in every way!
Be transported to the Aegean by walking through the treashold of Periyali.
The atmosphere is calm, white sails billiw on the ceiling and speak of the sea.
You can't go wrong with any of the appetizers or entrees.
Share a trio of distinctive Greek dips and a Greek salad. In addition to the traditional Greek entrees which are all expertly prepared, try a daily special or the unbelieveably fresh grilled fish.
Second to the expertly prepared food, is the ability to see and hear your dining companions. The nouse level is kept at a minimum which makes for an atmosphere custom made for lively conversation or a romantic evening! What could be better?
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderfully fresh vegetables
Wonderfully fresh vegetables and fish prepared beautifully.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dependable Upscale Greek
I've been here several times and it never disappoints. Relaxed atmosphere, great wine list and terrific grilled fish. The servers are always friendly. Feels special without being stuffy.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very tasty dishes - a must return for everyone in our group! Most chose fish dishes. All were delicious, very fresh, cooked perfectly and seasoned with flair. Waiter-recommended Greek white wine was a pleasure. We will be return customers.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb Greek Food
Excellent food and very professional service made this a memorable dinner. The wild striped bass was delicious and freshly caught, and we really enjoyed the stuffed grape leaves and octopus appetizers.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great restaurant. Second time
Great restaurant. Second time there as a family (grown up children). Delicious food and reasonable prices. Plus, we can usually find a parking spot right on the street. Highly recommend it.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
A special place
You will not go wrong dining at Periyali. Both the food and service are first rate. Periyali is palace to visit when you are looking for a good meal with friends with whom you enjoy talking.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
The front room is very pleasant, nice decor. I had salmon and spinach in phyllo on the lunch special, worth every penny. The server was attentive and the pace of service comfortable. If there was music, it was soft enough that I didn't notice it. A relaxing place for a meal and conversation.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Very good but overpriced
The space is pleasant, and neither mobbed nor too noisy. My group of 4 shared a number of mezedes including gigantes, panzaria, and grilled octopus. Each of them was a very good rendition of a Greek classic, but only the panzaria, presented with both red and yellow beets, was excellent. We also shared several desserts. including two variations on Greek yogurt; these were excellent, but not listed on the menu and billed at $10 each, which kind of sums up the experience.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Periyali is one of my go to places. It is in my neighborhood, but I would absolutely travel to get there. We brought friends with us who had never been there, and they could not get over how good the food was. The grilled octopus was as phenomenal as always. You won't find a better Greek salad in the city(and believe me, I have tried). The Greek dip selection is soooo good. My favorite is the tzatziki. The lamp chops were just perfect. I have been going to Periyali for almost twenty years, and it is always delicious. The waitstaff is also great. They keep their staff long term. They are friendly, professional, and very knowledgable.
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great service and food
Had an amazing dinner here, the food was thoroughly enjoyable, we decided to have a number of entrees 5 in total which was more than enough for the two of us.....the food had immense flavors (the octopus was divine), the dips amazing, as were the meatballs. Was happy to find a neighbourhood gem which is greek :) Remember to also try the amazing baklava and of course the greek coffee.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Greek at its best
Always a delight, the food is simple and perfectly prepared.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM