Peri Ela

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$30 and under
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Turkish
An Upper East Side institution at the elegant quarters of Carnegie Hill, Peri Ela has been the choice of restaurant of locals who come there on regular basis since it opened its doors on 2007, February 14th and visitors some of whom reserve their tables every time they come to New York. They simply do not skip. You can find the captains of their industries enjoying the Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine at its best. Peri Ela is charming with its clubby ambiance whether it is a romantic evening, a business meeting or just catching up with friends.
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NY
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The food is consistently bad and the meats such as lamb and chicken are always some type of pressed meat filled with fat and grain. Just dreadful.

HE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place- one of the best restaurants on the UES and it makes you feel like you’re somewhere far from NYC. Totally charming and the food is excellent

H
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is my local, a neighborhood favorite with food that is of unusually high quality. No showy exoticism, but everything is authentic and well prepared. The servers are usually young, pleasant and bright. The place is quiet at lunch, and has a bargain menu, but in the evening it is busy and can get noisy.

KA
Caribbean
16 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was delicious. Our server is very kind; however she was not 100% attentive. Maybe she thought we wanted to sit and talk and have a long meal. I’m not sure. But our appetizers came pretty quickly and then the actual meal did not come for a very long time. I had to flag her down to get the check. We were the only patrons in the restaurant.

A
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Good food And service extremely noisy because they don’t have any sound protection.Thats my whole review.

w
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Due to traffic we were 20 minutes late. Service was outstanding and we got out rapidly and made the
Concert with ease.

S
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Nice, cozy neighborhood spot. Lots of charm and food is good. Well worth a visit.

j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I was disappointed in the swordfish kebabs which were dry this time. The scallion pancakes were excellent, however.

AL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful Turkish restaurant with great food, lovely people, small and not noisy. Totally recommended.

OT
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Could kick myself for all my nights attending events at the 92nd St Y, when I ate awful dinners in that area. What a GEM we discovered in Peri Ela. Wonderful, wonderful. Even Danny Meyer doesn't have a nicer, more authentically caring knowledgeable team! The food is GREAT. The salads particularly. Citrus salad based and then whatever is best of season (avocado/watermelon). Any kabob dish, super! ... the lamb chops pounded a bit too thin for our taste, but the grilled pulpo (octopus) was a total gift from the Mediterranean food gods. Sadly, we were to rushed to order dessert. And, you will learn to really like a Turkish Rosé : )) Go, enjoy.

OT
New York Area
269 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

For us it was just too noisy and too crowded. Service was good and very pleasant, but the noise made the evening difficult.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and service. Quaint and romantic stop to catch a bite for lunch.

G
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

a GOOD PLACE TO EAT PRIOR TO EVENTS AT THE 92 STREET Y.

NY
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Good salads and kebabs with excellent roasted potatoes and/or rice.
Restaurant was empty but was holiday weekend.
Waitstaff very good

P
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A leisurely evening with good food and a comfortable atmosphere created a warm environment to visit with an old friend. We split dishes which reduced the cost. The restaurant let us sit and talk for hours without a hassle. We will be back.

M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Overpriced! Decent food . 4 skinny lamb chops for $35 , really ?

H
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is my go-to place in the neighborhood for fresh, authentic Mediterranean food. Differently than in many such places, you needn’t fill up on appetizers. These can be good, but there are occasional misses. There is a lovely citrus salad. The grilled main courses are always perfect. Quality meat or fish is correctly cooked, with the traditional accompaniments- rice, potatoes, a grilled hot pepper and a tomato half. Service is by attractive and friendly, if not always very experienced young staff.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fresh and delicious, the service very professional and the ambiance is lovely.

s
New York Area
120 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Varied menu. All meats especially lamb excellent. Service attentive. Went for Mother's Day and it was a success..

n
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this great neighborhood spot: wonderful Turkish food, friendly service, always welcoming

DS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a cute restaurant tucked away in UES. It is a bit overpriced for the food, but overall it has many selections and some delicious items.

C
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Charming Turkish place with reasonably priced food and good service.
A lovely neighborhood restaurant.

f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely , intimate space. Delicious food provided w/ attentive service.

N
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I had a reunion dinner planned with people sharing mixed food options....we figured Mediterranean would be the way to go. What a lucky find for us!!! The space is beyond charming, service was lovely and the food was delicious. The smoked eggplant dip totally teminjded me of my mom's...excellent- the swordfish kabobs were cooked to perfection- the orange and avocado salad was so fresh and yummy..everyone was completely satisfied and thrilled with my choice.
.thank you to everyone for a great evening and we are already talking about coming back.

LS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

I would recommend, but only on a week night. Friday night was way too noisy, LOUD.

& I noticed they've raised their prices... a bit too high for vegetable appetizers

SD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good value and tasty treats

AL
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Just a bit tight, it’s a very small space. We had fun with the table next to us. Food delicious

M
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

This is a sweet neighborhood place, and appears to have a loyal clientele. I wasn't too crazy about my entree. It was a large lamb shank wrapped in strips of eggplant..I think it was my own fault though for not reading the menu more carefully. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't something I would have ordered, had I been paying more attention!

HF
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My friend and I both enjoyed our vegetarian platters very much. The different foods—there must have been about six—all tasted very fresh and homemade. This is a cute homey place and I would return.

s
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

very convenient to the 92nd st y, and the food is tasty enough, and authentically turkish. desserts are esply good. they also have small plates, which is nice if you're not all that hungry.

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

my only complaint concerns noise
they could dispense with background music!

SU
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service: Given a two-ounce or so pour of red wine ($14) I asked the server to please ask the bartender to give us a proper glass of wine. His response: "This is the way we serve red wine". Period! I asked if the owner were there. His response: "No. He's hardly ever here - not on a regular basis, he comes in and out." When I saw a glass of white wine almost full to the top get served nearby I called the server over again to point out the difference between the pours. His response: "That's the way we serve white wine." They were similarly shaped glasses, if not exact.
Food and value: Lamb chops ($36) were served as very thin chops with cubed roast potatoes and rice. Most dishes seemed to be served with cubed potatoes (frozen perhaps?) and fairly tasteless white rice.
Ambience: Tight, close tables, very loud ambience.
Perhaps the owner is taking advantage of the fact that Lexington Avenue above 86th Street is essentially a culinary wasteland, leaving locals little choice, but they will not see me again, nor anyone else who asks.

l
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely citrus salad
Lovely bronzino
The lamb shank at the next table looked amazing

NY
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A nice restaurant to visit. Good food choices. Enjoyable dinner.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Really cute, small place with good food.

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Peri Ela was a perfect choice for a leisurely and tasty Turkish treat prior to attending an event at the 92nd Street Y. Appetizers and a bottle of very good Syrah for $48 was a wonderful way to start and kebabs, especially the chicken, were very good. The chocolate lava cake finished things off very nicely. Best of all, the service was attentive but never rushed. We will be back!

N
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely restaurant, cozy with delicious food.

B
Orlando
18 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved this restaurant. We booked because it was convenient to where we had to go. It was really cozy and friendly. The menu had a good balance between small plates and mains. We all had a really nice meal. It is very small and so a reservation is probably the best bet.

MR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyed a delicious meal and charming service prior to a 92Y event. Great neighborhood venue.

RS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 3

Too expensive for very small portions of meat and veggies loaded with raw onions and rice.

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