Periyali

4.8
2254 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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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been eating here for 25 years. Always a great meal and wonderful service

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vipLuis
New York Area
234 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding, as always. Excellent service and great suggestions. The best octopus and saganaki. Love the branzino and had the special fish - Black Sea bass. Delicious! Oh, great bartender too! Thanks for a lovely evening…

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NotFirstTimer
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, the wine was great, the octopus terrific as always, the service was awesome

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madmax
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service…the staff is both professional and knowledgeable…one of my favorites in NYC!

DA
vipDavidA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is one of my favorite places and the food is always delicious and the service is fantastic. Supporting favorite places in NYC is what we NY’ers like to do so it’s offensive to have music turned off at 1040 when we had a dinner reservation at 9. It’s not even like we had finished our meals and dessert wasn’t even an option. This has happened a lot lately in restaurants. There are many amazing options and honestly I was disappointed and did make mention that it’s not a very nice feeling to be pushed out. Truly shifted the energy of the dinner experience. It’s Saturday night in NYC!

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Martha
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner at Periyali, and will return again soon!!

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vipJamie
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

EXCELLENT FOOD AND SERVICE AND VERY NICE STAFF. TABLES NOT TOO CLOSE

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The octopus and red snapper were outstanding! The meal is always great here so looking forward to coming back again!

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vipUnderbellyReview
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Periyali is underappreciated as one the best Greek restaurants in New York. Their skordalia and taramasalata spreads have so much more flavor than mosts', and all their meats and fishes are cooked perfectly.

It's also a cozy and romantic room, never too loud for conversation.

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TinaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I started dining at Periyali in the 1990s and the quality of food and service has remained among the best we've experienced in NYC restaurants. We visited early on a week night during a renewed Covid mask mandate so indoor dining was quiet with fewer than usual patrons. Our waiter was friendly and attentive and he made excellent recommendations including the grilled octopus app, braised veal shank, and a delicious Greek red wine that we have since tracked down and ordered for our at-home enjoyment. I have owned their cookbook for over 20 years and the recipes are both accessible and delicious. We love everything about Periyali.

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LeslieW
New England
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Periyali— have been eating at this wonderful restaurant for many years. They are taking all of the necessary precautions, and still the ambiance and food is wonderful.

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vipGeorgeS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and very tasty food. Nice selection of Greek wines too.

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vipEllej
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it!!!

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vipDebbieS
New York Area
370 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent, with octopus app a standout. Comfortable setting - ceiling fabric really dampens noise. Service friendly and efficient. Overall wonderful experience - we’ll be back.

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Seth
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Highly recommended for any occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and exquisite service!

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vipnina
New York Area
271 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and delicious food, well prepared.
Service lackluster and had to flag down the waitress to order 2nd bottle of wine ( she hadn't even bothered to refill glasses )
But good value for location/neighborhood and a mature crowd ( so no millennial snapping selfies all night! )

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Katie
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The atmosphere and wait staff we very nice and accommodating. We ate in the outdoor seating area in December but never felt cold. The food was delicious as well, thank you for a nice evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently wonderful!

JB
vipJordanB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend. Food was fantastic. Octopus and meatballs to start. Octopus was tender and tasty. Both lamb dishes for mains which were out of this world. This place has it together. Outdoor seating had heaters which was key.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

40 yrs in the business and still perfection. :)

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vipAnnaM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Our Book Club thoroughly enjoyed our annual holiday dinner. Our round table was in the “pink” room which was very apropos. Food was delish! We will probably come every year!

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Alina
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Iconic and delicious

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vipHighway61
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a reason why this place has been open for more than 30 years, the food is as good as it gets, the room is spacious, the staff is friendly. Octopus is world class, but everything here is always great.

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vipSusie
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service , great experience all in all !

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vipKarenD
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Service was lax. The maitre d had to summon his staff to have our table cleared and water refilled. Perhaps they have a staffing shortage.

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vipKimK1012
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor with fast and friendly service.

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BDsucks
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Amazingly good. Highly recommend.

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vipEAD19
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot for a group dinner! The food was amazing and it was quiet enough where we could hear everyone at our table of 10. Would definitely recommend!

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JeffM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service

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Perry
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm, friendly, but always elegant and terrific food.

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vipRsw1
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience1

I have been to Periyali many many times pre-Covid and it was one of my most favorite places. Due to Covid, I will not eat indoors and therefore sat outside last night.
The heat lamps were awful and did not make for an enjoyable experience! The way our table was situated, the lamps were directing heat/light directly in the face of two seatmates. Usually, the heat fixtures are directly above, but these were like spotlights. My friend feels like she got a tan last night (and I'm being serious!!).

The part that was really unsatisfactory was the customer service. The manager, although he was as nice as could be, did not appear upset that we were really upset and made absolutely no attempt to make the situation better. Given that, I'm sad but will think twice about visiting Periyali again in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food. Lovely service

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scotty
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday dinner was planned. The service was excellent and the food was delicious.
The bartender made delicious cocktails as well.

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GaryT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

ppetizers and a shared salad is all the food you'll need.

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aris
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place- excellent food and personal service, Eleni was fantastic! A gem of a Greek restaurant!
Highly recommend!!

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vip82much
New England
47 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautifully set up for outdoor seating, the food was outstanding and portions generous. We had the octopus app, lamb chops and branzino. The sourdough bread was excellent as well. Service was very friendly.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous experience! I’m Greek and nothing compares to my Mom and Yiayia’s cooking, but this was the next best thing! Food was amazing!! Will go again when we r back in NYC!

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ThomasC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice adult restaurant with fine food..very good service..we sat at a pretty corner table in the back..about $200 per couple..so not cheap..200 seems to be the average these days for a better restaurant with a few glasses of wine..

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Periyali is always wonderful, great food and service in a beautiful surrounding. I was very happy to see how busy they were last night.

FAQs

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

Periyali is rated 4.8 stars by 2254 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.