$31 to $50
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.
Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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: (212) 463-7890
Between 5th & 6th Ave
Street parking from 6pm-11pm, Public parking lot just down the block
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine