Periyali

4.7
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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.
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i went early, so it was quie

LN
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Periyali comes through in fine fashion like always! I have my birthday dinner here every year to commemorate my Father who bought me here as a young girl before he passed. The staff are always warm and fun and the food is always great. See you next year Periyali!

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Periyali is consistently terrific. Great service, fresh and delicious food, and wonderful desserts. Try the rice pudding!

RB
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wait staff was very accommodating to our pescavegan diet
everything was delicious - try the grape leaves - from wine (we got a bottle of Santorini wine) all the way to dessert (had both flavors of the sorbet)
atmosphere - delightful

h
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love the restaurant. Great food and service. Nice spot for a meeting or group meal

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a very pleasant experience. Beautifully decorated, food were tasty, price ok and service was good. Will go back again. Will recommend to friends and families.
Thank you.

c
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our experience at Periyali was very nice overall. Service was kind, knowledgable, and attentive. Nice Greek red wine options by the glass. For the most part, the food was good and fresh. Our only nit-picks would be that many appetizers were served with garlic sauce, which was delicious but became a little monotonous. We also wanted to love the spanakopita, kolokithokeftedes, and tiropita platter, but we found the kolokithokeftedes to be overly greasy and the spanakopita and tiropita to be a bit lacking in flavor. We'd suggest going elsewhere in the city for these appetizers and trying something else from Periyali's menu instead.

RD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Will definitely return.

T
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here twice, and both times have loved it. Periyali has an excellent menu with amazing flavors. I've had the grilled octopus, which is phenomenal, the filet mignon kabob (fantastic!), the stuffed grape leaves (heavenly!) and the baklava (perfection!). I recommend everything I mention here. The service is impeccable, the atmosphere is classy yet cozy. An absolute gem!

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious!
Wonderful service.

d
New England
36 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This mainstay of NYC Greek cuisine is worth a visit if you want an elegant and authentic food Greek experience. The menu is good. As a Greek, I loved that the menu items were written in English but were the actual Greek language translation. The dip appetizers were excellent although larger dollops would have been appreciated. The Greek salad actually was perfect -- the feta some of the best I've had -- and tomatoes that tasted as if they were shipped from Greece. The lamb shank was massive and perfect, the souvlakis also great, and the veal delicious. I'd skip desserts...the baklava was mediocre and the revani not syruppy enough. Not rushed Saturday night service. Do wish the online menu had pricing and advised us that prix fixe menu NOT available on Saturday nights. Also great was mastiha cocktail and the Greek wines. Keeping up the great work after all these years!

PL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food beautifully presented

RG
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was superb

MS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food at Periyali is reliably fresh, well-prepared, and quite good. We especially enjoy the octopus; our sea bass was nicely served in a simple lemon sauce. Our main complaint was: we noted on their website an offer of a Prix Fixe dinner. I called to confirm that this was available on our reserved night (Sunday). When we were offered menus, this Prix Fixe dinner was not included. It took an unpleasant discussion with the manager to insist that it be offered since I had confirmed over the telephone this exact point. Perhaps he checked their own website to confirm. Things such as this spoil an otherwise pleasant night out. Good food, though!

R
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved our dinner (not our first time--became a fan more than 20 years ago)
we especially appreciated that it was not noisy

u
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Overall a very pleasant experience. The food and service were excellent. Although initially the noise level was manageable, it became "energetic" when a large group was seated next to us. This took away from the entire experience and hastened our departure. Despite this, I would definitely return.

LB
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been going to Periyali since 1996, and much more recently. It's just fantastic. Husband always has the octopus. I always have the quail with spinach mushrooms and feta. Guests have whatever - moussaka, grilled branzino - and there is never an unhappy person at the table. Cannot get enough of this place. Lovely staff too.

T
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely. Good food. Warm professional service.

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was helpful and the food was good

OT
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

b
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

certainly not based on our Restaurant week dinner. will not be back

j
Seattle
152 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was very good, service excellent.
Venue very nice/comfortable.
Would return.
NYC Restaurant Week Lunch!

DD
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall very nice Greek restaurant with excellent atmosphere and very good . Only complaint -- being banished to Siberia in an otherwise fairly empty restaurant until asked to be moved. Front area is very pretty. I'd request it next time.

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was top notch. From the drinks to the appetizers, dinner, and dessert. It was all prepared very well and quite delicious.

T
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. I was surprised that I was not offered the lunch price fixe menu.

j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant in nyc! Great food, great service.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Greek cuisine with an emphasis on fish. Service among the best in the city. But most welcome is the quiet ambiance. Great place for dinner conversation...... You can hear everyone at your table and yet adjacent tables are silent! Simply wonderful dining experience

OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a great meal and great service!

HG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

After 33 years it is amazing that Periyali is as good as ever. It has not lost its edge. What a joy to dine at a quiet, comfortable, attractive restaurant with professional, welcoming hospitality.

G
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, and I want to thank my server for remembering it was my friend's birthday! He brought out dessert with a candle in it. I had just clicked on "birthday" when I made my reservation. How nice of him!! Food was great!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the extremely elegant service, to the very extensive list of excellent cocktails, to the elegant, charming but modern decor this restaurant is a rare gem! Highly recommended also for people like us that stay on a paleo or almost paleo healthy diet.

S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Such a disappointing dinner with poor, amateurish service and communication not expected at a restaurant that charges that high of prices.
Drink orders taken after appetizer order. Soup arriving within 2 minutes before menus even removed. Shared appetizers arriving without share plates and then a scramble to get some. Drinks arriving after appetizers. Main course order taken in parts. Kitchen ran out of most of its fish before even 9pm on a Saturday. Main courses arriving before appetizers are cleared. Mess. Food was not too bad though.
The server and manager were apologetic and sent a dessert platter, etc. But that point...

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, atmosphere excellent. The service was also wonderful

N
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

Service was dismal. Wine selection very poor.

m
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This may be the best Greek in NYC...always impressed with the food and the service...all of my guests were very impressed!

MM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place for people who actually want to speak to each other and be heard and enjoy a good meal along with reasonable prices.

UW
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Loved the experience. Great service and fresh fish. Only slightly disappointed in overuse of olive oil on fish

WP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place fantastic food and service

r
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Decent food, ok but not warm service, but wine prices - by glass and bottle - are absurd for mediocre wine. Cheapest is $65. All food prices up too. Seems to be poorly managed. Such a different experience a year ago.

BB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were wonderful and what made it special was the noise level. It was quiet, which was such a treat. The prix fix menu is a good value. My group enjoyed the spanakopita, beet salad, salmon in phyllo and moussaka.