Periyali

4.8
2232 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipRisaP
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious.

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ScottE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was fantastic. Mack was our waiter and he was a charmer!

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EricG
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a mix of appetizers and main courses that 6 people shared. We also had a wine from Greece. Everything was presented beautifully and the food was very good. There is an elegance to the restaurant, even while being understated.

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vipAndyR
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here on a recommendation. Food was outstanding. Great octopus. Entrees were delicious. Deserts amazing.

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AnnieS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff, the food, the ambiance- all of it was warm and delicious. We will all be back, hopefully often.

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Jayl
Miami
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and service.

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Julia
Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The most delicious Greek food I’ve ever had! Dining room was noisy, but the ambiance was nice and service was friendly.

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LuisT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and Ambiance
A little bit noisy sometimes.

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vipPeterL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC! The flavors are strong, food is always impeccably prepared, great service and ambience.

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vipPPPP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing great

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
16 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite Greek restaurant. It never fails to deliver. Go and enjoy

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JanA
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Periyali has always been our "special event" restaurant. They just started serving lunch and it was a special event once again. We had a delicious feast of lamb, traditional Greek spreads and pita, and beautifully-prepared fish. The wine our waiter recommended was perfect. We finished with truly the best powdered sugar-almond cookies in town. The service was welcoming and attentive and FAST but not ever present. No one rushed us and we enjoyed spending a leisurely couple of hours in this beautiful restaurant.

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AlejandraM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great evening! Great service, outstanding food and nice decor. 100% recommended.

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GCred
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time at Periyali! Our server Meck, was great! He was really friendly, knowledgeable about the menu, and helped us decide what to order. The prices were reasonable for the high quality food! I got the red snapper special - it was cooked to perfection!

I highly recommend this restaurant and can’t wait to go back!

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vipBrian
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back ! Excellent octopus !

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DaveP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The overall experience and food were great! But it would be better (and appreciated) to have a printed list of wines available by the glass to review and compare options. Simply having the waiter recite the options quickly often leaves diners bewildered and left to choose quickly with mixed results.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This felt like an old school steak house to me in the best way possible. It was clean and simply decorated. The staff were all extremely friendly and professional with excellent recommendations on wine and food. All of our meals were delicious!

This is definitely a higher price point than one might expect for Greek food, but everything was full of flavor and very well made. As a fellow Greek I’m a pretty tough critic of Greek restaurants and I have to say the flavors and execution were on point. I will definitely come back.

The wines by the bottle seemed just a tad over priced, but in the end they were quite delicious so I can’t complain too much.

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vipMyraK
West Palm Beach
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely outdoor seating, delicious food and terrific wait staff. One of our favorite NYC restaurants.

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vipVero126
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always dine at Periyali when visiting NYC. The restaurant never fails to impress us. The food is reliably delicious especially the octopus, Branzino and the lamb chops. You won't go wrong with any dish you order as they are all wonderful. The atmosphere is romantic and crisp but not stuffy. I guarantee you will enjoy your time at Periyali.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, neighborhood dining experience, ambiance. Totally recommend!

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viplive2dineout
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful experience and a delicious meal!

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vipFussy
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Going to Peryali is like visiting a long lost friend. The same enjoyable and authentic food, friendly and efficient service, familiar environment, with the additional space outside. Good wine list, including some excellent California by the glass.

It was a very enjoyable evening!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Snapper was easily the best fish I’ve had in the city. We loved our waiter Mack. Can’t wait to come back again!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious cuisine!

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vipJeffS
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, outstanding service.

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Gandalf
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for years. Terrific food, service, etc. -- everything. They're especially good at seafood. Romantic, too.

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CHowtheyrun
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Greek/Mediterranean food.
Quiet restaurant (for NYC) with soft music in the background.

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vipYeyoAlejandro
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hi. Appetizers: The special of the day…A country-style spinach pie in Phyllo crust, a fresh tomato-feta salad, a yellow split pea dip served with warm pita bread, and then the waiter suggested to try their pan-seared Greek cheese (Saganaki)…all of them were absolutely delicious, especially during these hot summer evenings! They had some specials, so we tried the red snapper fillet with Broccolini. It tasted fresh, and it was cooked to perfection. For dessert we tried the orange cake with vanilla ice cream. It felt light and it was good to end dinner on that note. The service (our waiter) was outstanding, so we wouldn't hesitate coming back because he was sincere, knowledgeable, and pretty good at recommending things. AAA+

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fresh and good

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vipEcpc
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have not been there for several years we do not live in the area we have been wanting to go there the moment we walked in we were greeted with such kindness. They made us feel very special everything was spectacular the service was incredible all the food was piping hot and so fresh it was as if we could go back 20 years and it be the same as it was thenWhen we walked in and walked to our table the waiter was standing there and he recognized us and we recognized him from years and years ago. All I can say is I can’t wait to go back. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone they will never be disappointed.

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DorothyC
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinner at one of my favorite restaurants! My husband and I have been coming here for years and are thrilled that it has survived the pandemic and continues to thrive with excellent food and service. I usually have the grilled octopus and grilled mushroom salad, but everything we’ve tried has been wonderful. Last night my husband had the lamb chops for the first time and Lisa I’d they were perfect. Our favorite dessert is the creamy and deeply satisfying rice pudding.

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vipdek116
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food and service were phenomenal! However the portions were a lot smaller than we all anticipated. But other than that we had a wonderful time at Periyali.

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DoctorJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Branzino was cooked perfectly. The dips superb.

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JerryS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have loved Periyali for a long time. The octopus is always special, tho I also love their chicken soup. The lamb chops are fabulous. It is pretty and subdued inside. I don't like Greek wines, but they had an excellent California cabernet by the glass. I'd say great for a special occasion, birthday or anniversary, or just when you want a solid good meal.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always our favorite. It has been a while and upon our return everyone was so gracious to welcome us back. Delicious

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vipJeffN
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Greek food around

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MarkF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate outdoors and the Restaurant Prix Fixe menu was available. Otherwise, it would have been less affordable, but still a superb choice for Greek dining.

At the present location for 35 years, Periyali has never disappointed.

Check it out!

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TracyG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I enjoyed the food very much. We both ordered the octopus for appetizers and the brazino for our entree. It was my third visit and I look forward to dining at Periyali again. Thank you staff and chef for another great experience. GOD bless!😍

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went there for a friend's birthday and food was delicious.

FAQs

Periyali offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 463-7890.

Periyali is rated 4.8 stars by 2232 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.