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Periyali

4.6
4.6
2284 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Greek

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 463-7890

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Cross street

    Between 5th & 6th Ave

  • Parking details

    Street parking from 6pm-11pm, Public parking lot just down the block

  • Public transit

    1,F,V,N,R,4,6 trains

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,284 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Manhattan

    Greek

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  1. DA

    DavidA

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a spontaneous dinner with a friend at Periyali. It was simply terrific, delicious cuisine, great service and dining room was very beautiful- the fresh floral arrangements were gorgeous. Thank you, looking forward to another meal there very soon.
  2. A

    Albert

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The octopus was tender and flavorful, and the grilled branzino was delicate, cooked perfectly, and served with a nice-size portion of broccolini. We also had the fava made with yellow split peas and the chicken kebab with vegetable couscous, both of which were delicious. Service was excellent.
  3. M

    Mamy

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent ! Would definitely return!
  4. JR

    JimR

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Renewal of our wedding vows.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was beautifully prepared and delicious. The service was friendly but not intrusive. A wonderful restaurant in every way.
  6. MB

    MarcB

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant never fails to please. The food is delicious and the setting is very nice. One of my favorites.
  7. S

    Susan

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had a wonderful meal outdoors last night. The food was fantastic, and our server Eleni was outstanding, from recommending the perfect wine to her knowledge of the menu. Thank you, Eleni!!
  8. SG

    StanleyG

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food, they were very busy so service was a bit slow and noise level very loud.
  9. ML

    MichaelL

    New York Area

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The noise level was wonderful. Our server was charming and anticipated the needs of the table. He offered substitutions for items he knew were not universally loved before we could ask for changes. The food was delicious and the portions were large. The after dinner drink was a nice surprise. Parking was great.
  10. SP

    StevenP

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious - I ordered the branzino and it melted in my mouth! The grilled feta special and meatball were excellent appetizers, and the baklava was incomparable!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food here is amazing. Service usually too except for one waiter. And this time we got him.
  12. RH

    RobinH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved it. Lovely place; service very friendly. Food was superb. Wide variety to choose from.
  13. L

    Luis

    New York Area

    251 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    251 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reliably outstanding. Appreciate manager who jumped-in to help server who was very busy. The entire service operation was smooth, thanks to their collaboration. Fantastic cocktails and wine selection. Appreciate the sardine appetizer being turned into an entree... It was so delicious! Of course, you MUST start with the grilled octopus and the saganaki (baked cheese). This is our "go to" Greek restaurant, for sure! Lovely meal, lovely setting, lovely evening... Thank you.
  14. KK

    KellyK

    New England

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, excellent service, and a calm oasis in the city. We will return!!
  15. BH

    BethH

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration-lovely evening w/incredible food-festive and just a gem!
  16. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I haven’t been in years but always remembered a great experience. My memory was correct - much better than Avra without the hassle and the noise. By far the best Greek food in the city. We will be regulars from now on!
  17. G

    Gisi

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A “tradition” in the NYC’s ever-changing restaurant scene, Periyali never fails to please. I enjoyed the relaxed yet classy atmosphere; food (and service) amazing as always. A great choice for my birthday dinner. Bravo.
  18. FF

    FoodieFanatic

    Las Vegas

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary
  19. j

    johnp

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came after Irish Rep matinee dinner. We used to come here more often years ago when we lived in the city and have been back occasionally since… always delicious, lovely ambiance!
  20. RS

    RonS

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    the waitress was outstanding. Everything she recommended was right oon point.
  21. D

    Diner47

    New York Area

    184 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    184 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Periyali is such a totally professional, reliable, high-quality restaurant. The food is excellent of course. The service is friendly and gracious. The ambiance is lively, though the room is basic, and the side area we were in doesn't have the greatest acoustics so is kinda noisy. It's expensive as restaurants are these days, but worth it.
  22. h

    hjhj

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    nice atmosphere. good service. food is good - albeit a bit pricey,
  23. O

    Ocheltov

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Always a treat
  24. L

    Lobij

    Denver

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great Flatiron neighborhood gem--been there for years!! Must try the octopus--it's the best!!
  25. m

    michelep

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place - so elegant and comfortable and delicious
  26. LM

    LisaM

    Exclusive

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mother’s Day
  27. J

    Joeycupcakes007

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining here for more than 20 years. Food is delicious and always consistent. Staff is respectful and wonderful. Best Greek food in NYC!
  28. t

    tgreat

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This has to be one of the best under the radar restaurants in all of NYC. First of all, perfect service was given to us. We never asked for a water refill, more bread or where is our food etc. Everything was anticipated for us. Now for the food. OMG. Amazing Greek meatballs, the special shrimp soup we licked the plate and the Branzino was also excellent. The bread and olive oil were very fresh and tasty. We think this is the best Greek food in NYC and we most definitely will be back. Ask to sit in the back room as it is quite pretty and has a skylight.
  29. m

    madmax

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Actually this restaurant is great for everyone…I have recommended to many and all were happy!
  30. HM

    HollyM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is one of my favorites in all of New York City. I was with a friend who wanted to know all my favorite places so ofc we went to Periyali after seeing Hadestown (greeks unite). They had a special of soft shell crab which my friend had never tried and he's now a convert. We needed the octopus as always and also a greek salad and side of okra. It was an amazing meal. Thank you for always holding the standard Periyali!!!
  31. JI

    JIMNYC

    New York Area

    152 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    152 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Greek restaurants in NYC. Classic establishment. Beautiful dining room and flowers. Octopus deluxe. Fresh fish. Friendly staff. Usually full room. Make reservations early.
  32. MZ

    MZDenver

    Denver

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We totally enjoyed dinner at Periyali. The food (appetizers and entrees) were outstanding. The service was both professional and cordial. This is a 5 star restaurant.
  33. T

    Tim16

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the same, GREAT!
  34. MO

    MOMs

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Food was inedible - stale, oily, tasteless. slimy
  35. LP

    LeoP

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food all around. Octopus appetizer is a must have. We have lamb chops as one entree and lamb shank with orzo bad the other. Both amazing. The Greek salad had only three olives and not enough tomatoes , but given everything else was amazing we are going by back.
  36. AV

    AVJJ

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Our out-of-town friends were looking for a good Greek restaurant. So we brought them to Periyali trusting A+ online reviews. Please do not trust online reviews that cannot stop gushing how great this place is. When asked about if they had wines by glass, I was told, 'Can you see the bottles on bar? We have those.' And I am sad to say that I do not have Superman vision. Grilled octopus was not overcooked and grape leaves were good. But other than that shrimp, rabbit, bass, eggplant was NOTHING to rave about. Its MEDIOCRE at best. Service was downright disengaged and hospitality failed and therefore restaurant failed in addition to common food. Not worth the time or money. Please find another Greek place in NYC.
  37. BB

    BarbaraB

    New York Area

    127 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Love always octopus. Chicken kebab should be more moist. Wonderful service and ambiance
  38. SP

    ShannonP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Lovely place for a date night. Overall good food and excellent experience.
  39. F

    Fran

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Periyali is a restaurant with exceptional service, the quality of the products and the preparation is excellent and you are always sure that you will leave very satisfied because their cuisine always maintains the same fantastic quality. The atmosphere is very nice to go with your partner, friends or business. On my next visit to New York I will dine at Periyali again.
  40. w

    witchyone

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    One of our favorite restaurants which has been consistently good for almost 40 years!

FAQs

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

Periyali is rated 4.6 stars by 2284 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 22 times today
Google Map for Periyali

35 W. 20th St. New York, NY 10011

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 5th & 6th Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Gramercy / Flatiron

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Thu–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Greek

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking from 6pm-11pm, Public parking lot just down the block

  • Public transit

    1,F,V,N,R,4,6 trains

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 463-7890

  • 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

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