Periyali

4.8
2234 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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vipVero126
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
22 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
1 review
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.

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CarolinaG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly and welcoming wait staff. The food was excellent.

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vipNYCenteroftheuniverse
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We LOVE Periyali

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mike
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Shed ambiance note - We're still coming out of the pandemic, so they deserve credit for the outdoor shed option. Compared to other outdoor sheds, though, no charm at all. Large plants hide road traffic but otherwise no decoration, and in particular no warm or mood lighting. At their price level, I would have expected more design effort on the shed set up.

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vipLauraM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Mack the waiter is awesome! Go early when you can have him all to yourself!

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

We booked because our preferred Greek restaurant, Kyma, was full and we had just come back from Greece last week and were craving good Greek food. The reviews were pretty good so we were looking forward to trying something new. BIG MISTAKE!

Everyone at the table agreed this was the worst service experience we have had in a long time — and one of us lives in Europe which says a lot about understanding bad service! The Maitre’D (or disgruntled Host??) was particularly rude and indifferent. We spent most of the time flagging down a waiter to order or follow-up on orders, had empty water glasses throughout the meal, and dirty plates and cutlery that were not cleared efficiently. It only kept getting worse when one of the items ordered was forgotten and someone had to wait for their main dish. And though there was plenty of time for desserts to be offered after we had finished eating our main course, we decided to leave and get dessert elsewhere.

The food was fine but not good enough to compensate for the lack of service so definitely will not return or recommend. Very basic dishes.

Also, there are compartmentalised areas towards the back of the restaurant better suited for large parties so why they would seat a round table of 10 in the main area next to the kitchen door in the path to the back areas, I have no idea!

Not family friendly in case anyone was considering it.

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Marziab
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

i have been at this restaurant several time and always great experience. Maybe the Iris flowers too intense smell.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants!
Always so delicious!

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LORDBYRON
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was excellent.

Overall experience chill and dope.

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Nicholas
Caribbean
9 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Greek restaurant. The food is well prepared and very fresh ingredients

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience2

This used to be my favorite Greek restaurant for 20 years, but it has gone downhill. Owner/Manager/Waitstaff are rude. Service is nonexistent. Better Greek food and atmosphere elsewhere. Bye bye.

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Bob1234
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Really authentic greek place that's formal enough but not too much of a scene. Highly recommended.

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saram
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular customers and had not dined at Periyali since before the pandemic. We found it to have maintained its high standards at every level.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Make sure to order the octopus and the mushroom appetizers. They were out of this world delicious, we ordered them all twice! Can’t wait to go back. 🙏

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Restaurant looked great and a cool ambiance. However food was not great. Had the fried calamari and grilled octopus, both not great. The Branzino entree was not good at all.

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vipcoop
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistently a great place for simple Greek dining

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Tinygreek
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious dishes- Greek with a modern twist. I had the seared scallops- perfectly cooked. The calamari as a starter is a must— so tender. Not an inexpensive meal but worth it, especially for a special occasion.

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vipbt10011
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the place to eat grilled octopus in New York City. I recommend all the food we ate. We started with two wonderful appetizers, each served with a lovely little salad and scordalia, 1. beets, and 2. giant beans. We also had fantastic fried calamari. Then three of the four of us ordered the grilled octopus as a main course which was served with lemon potatoes and horta. Everyone was happy. Our fourth ordered a special of the night which she also really liked.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was great. Not the BEST octopus hands down - but one of the better ones I’ve had. Service good.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent!!

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

Periyali is rated 4.8 stars by 2234 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.