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About Per Lei

Join us on a sensual journey of culinary delights created by executive chef Patrick Allouache who brings to the table interpretations of his culinary global experience guaranteed to make your mouth water. Visual delights are created by Italian Artist Fabrizio Musa who's colorful women are seductive and inviting and are bathed in a beautiful light created by the dazzling chandelier imported from Austria. The wine list boasts of over 200 award wining wines carefully handpicked. Come enjoy our outdoor seating in the warmer months!

1347 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm , Dinner Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm Lunch Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Saturday Lunch/Brunch: 12:00pm - 4:00pm Sunday Lunch/Brunch: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
71st Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 439-9200

Website:
http://www.perleinyc.com/

Parking Details:
Valet parking available after 5:00pm for a fee.

Public Transit:
6 Subway train to 68th Street.

Executive Chef:
Patrick Allouache

Private Party Facilities:
Custom Menus for your event.

Private Party Contact:
Event Director : (212) 802-5587

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Sun - Mon 5:00PM - 6:00PM 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Tue - Thu 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:30PM - 10:00PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM 9:30PM - 10:00PM

Per Lei Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (10)
Good for a Date (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
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People Watching (6)
Cozy (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Business Meals (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Romantic (2)
Quick Bite (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Terrific good. Very quiet mid week lunch,
Artichoke season and many focussed dishes.
Salad were delicious and lightly dressed.
Pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe was
Fabulous, Grilled octopus was done very
nicely. Help was excellent. Only negative
Was a persistent fruit fly that joined us for lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great restaurant. We were 2 couples. My wife and I shared a huge branzino it was delicious. We had a lentil and a minestrone soup they were both delicious.
We were the last ones in the restaurant and no one gave us the “rush act”
I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Although I had a reservation it wasn’t honored and after waiting 30 minutes at the bar gave up and ate at the bar. They obviously overbooked.

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food3
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Simply prepared, absolutely delicious Italian food. Not overly sauced so that fresh ingredients speak for themselves.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Our drinks were great, salad was very good, soup was souper.
I had halibut and it was fabulous
Can’t wait to go back.
Great friendly wait staff

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food. Surprise neighborhood find!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is definitely a place for locals. The Open Table reservation for four did not mean much. We had changed our reservation and received confirmation of the change. When we arrived, there was no table for us. There was a perfect corner booth but that was being reserved for someone else, a group of obvious regulars we arrived after us. We were invited to dine outside (in early November) under a heater. We had drinks outside and waited for a table. When we got the over-sized table, the food and service were good, but the decibel level on a Saturday evening was out of control, so he decided to have dessert elsewhere.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

It was $100 for 2 glasses of wine and 2 appetizers at lunch. Not worth it. Also the waiter didn’t come see us for the first 20 minutes and it wasn’t busy.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Per Lei is a very welcoming, attractive restaurant with good food and attentive service. We went for an early dinner on a warm October night, so all the doors leading to the sidewalk seating area that wraps around the restaurant were open. The noise from the Second Avenue traffic - buses and trucks in a steady stream - made conversation, at times, almost impossible. The restaurant itself was quiet (6:30 on a weeknight). My noise rating of "Moderate" really means little as it doesn't explain the source of the noise or the contrast between outside and inside.
We will certainly return on a cooler evening!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Looks great from the street, once you’re inside the noise from the bar scene plus the traffic on second Avenue makes this place unbearable. There are too many good Italian restaurants in New York City to waste your money on this place.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Simply my favorite restaurant in Manhattan. The food is consistently fresh and fabulous. The service exemplary. The ambiance is spacious, comfortable and the music is devine. Prices are very fair and I have never been disappointed. Mauricio, if you are lucky to get him, is a wonderful, attentive waiter. Try it..

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I am not sure how to review. The spaghetti I had was good and so was all the food at the table. Our waitress was also nice and she served us with warmth. But as we were finishing our food, we noticed that the others tables as they were being seated were being offered daily specials while no one offered that to us. And overall the attention given by the others servers and staff to various customers was noticeable. Our waitress was nice, I do not want to detract from her at all. Just saw that the rest of the staff seemed to cater more towards everybody else that was there. I don't know how to explain it but somehow it felt like we did not belong there. And we did not like that feeling so unfortunately my friends and I will not be returning .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Neighborhood gem and great gnocchi and great eggplant parm Have been back 3 times. Gabriella is charming and welcoming.

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Italian trattoria with moderate prices, nice design (love the paintings on the white walls) and interesting dishes. It's also spacious by NYC standards. The outdoor seating is an acquired taste: traffic- and people-watching along busy Second Avenue can get pretty noisy.

Tags: People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Wonderful food and lovely service! Thank you for a great evening! Will come again!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

As usual excellent dinner experience good food service and nice ambience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
1 person found this review helpful.
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Great food in a fun, intimate and festive setting, with outdoor seating when weather permits. Our table was poised halfway inside and outside the restaurant, providing us with a nice view of the passing parade of pedestrians at this Upper Eastside location. The service was a little slow but it was a pretty busy night and the servers were friendly and appropriately apologetic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, People Watching
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·Dined on September 9, 2017

Overall we had a great time. Service was great. We had branzino filet for dinner which was good and tasty. However, the tiramisu dessert was very disappointing. I don't recommend it at all.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

The hostess, a girl from Ipanema, is very kind and beautiful.
I will return soon.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (London)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Highly reccomended

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Spinach and cheese ravioli overcooked and mushy. Rest was fine.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great food , atmosphere and service!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We met another couple and ate outside. The service was excellent and since we were outside there was no noise to deal with. All 4 of us thoroughly enjoyed the meal.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Good service. Excellently prepared fish
Good wine selection

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Excellent service delicious food lovely restaurant .

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Awesome food. Authentic Italian. Feels like you're in Italy!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Not worth dining at this so called italian place , pasta was nothing to talk about.

Fish is farmed raised and has a horrible taste.

would definitely not recommend this place

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

This was the first time in decades that I didn't leave a tip. It was apparent that something was amissed as I wasn't the only patron complaining. I over heard one guest request that our waiter didn't continue to serve him. My wife asked for a vodka seabreeze , the waiter had no idea what it was , c'mon this is NYC restaurant/bar scene. Needless to say , no drink came for her. Don't know what to say , the city is full of Italian restaurants . It's easy to fool somebody once , but to stay in business requires so much more. I'm all about second chances but can't see myself revisiting this place anytime soon.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I enjoy this restaurant a lot. It is pretty, the service is good, the food is delicious.
GO

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

We hadn't been back to Per Lei in some time. We had a wonderful meal, friendly and efficient service and a wonderful corner table. We look forward to returning on a regular basis.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Awesome location in the Upper East Side right on 2nd Ave.
Beautiful restaurant and good menu. We were hoping for a bit more variety in terms of food options but what we got was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Romantic, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

The food was good . I have never in all my years of dining had worse service. In all my life I have never not left a good tip, this was a first for me I left no tip. I was with 2 friends and I recommended this place and I was embarrassed. We had such bad service we said something to the hostess and she said something to the waiter and we thought he was apologizing, instead he told us off. I will never go back. As you will see I don't usually write about a restaurant but this is an experience I won't forget.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Decent food, absolutely terrible service. It was nearly 20 minutes before we could place our orders, then another 30 minutes before we saw our appetizers arrive (and then almost another 20 minutes before our main course came). Over the course of this time, our server checked in with us exactly once. Water glasses sat empty for 15 minutes at a time, and we watched other customers, seated after us, receive their food first. When my wife asked whether our food was coming, the waiter answered "of course" in a way that managed to be both condescending and hurried, as he ran away from us without an explanation.

We will not be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Very enjoyable,however, as nice as staff was a bit confused and when they couldn't answer a question should have responded "I don't know but I will find out".

Tags: Tapas, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 22, 2017

We booked this time for Saturday brunch; brunch menu looked good. Our circumstances changed a little, and we decided a full meal be suit us better. We were delighted to find that we could also order from the regular menu. Choice is always good! Every bite was delicious; wine was delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Excellent food at very reasonable prices. Every time I have eaten there, the food is superior, the service, exceptional, and I leave wanting to return very soon. Even the ambient music is great. All in all, a fabulous restaurant!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

We had excellent food and service, but felt it was pricey. They charge for sharing a meal. I am a small eater and often we order salad, appetizer and 1 main dish between my husband and me. One main dish is required per diner.

Tags: Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Excellent service! Lovely spot in our neighborhood. Great for outside dining on a nice day :)

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 2, 2017

Amazing dining experience as always!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This is my second time being there, and both times it was excellent. I cannot comment about the noise level because we sat outside since it was so unseasonably warm that night.

Tags: Romantic
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