Periyali

4.7
2163 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice space, and easy to talk with friends in. Food was great!

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vipJ555
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus has reached the stage where we have to share multiple orders.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots.
Delicious food!
Great service.

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Frank
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Would definitely recommend to family or friends.

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vipneenee
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner outdoors. Accommodating helpers. Excellent fish and --baklava for dessert!

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Lulu
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, our waiter was very attentive. The food was the best greek food I've had in a while. The setting is beautiful.

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vipGabrielleM
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

All of the food was fresh & delicious. The staff are very friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Periyali is my all time favorite Greek restaurant in New York City. Chef always gets it right and uses the freshest ingredients. The ambiance and vibe are great and service is always first rate. I celebrate my birthday here every year and my friends and family also rave about it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Periyali, it was our local when we lived in Flatiron because it is consistently solid food that can be as healthy or heavy as you want it to be (everything from more simply-cooked fish to salmon baked in phyllo or yummy cakes). Paired w a good wine list, European-style good service and a great ambience (was more romantic when you could eat indoors but they’ve put their beautiful roses out in their outdoor patio albeit in much smaller bunches!). When we lived closer we came almost once a week.

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PJl1
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and service was very good. The outdoor dining was also good. Tables were spaced well.

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vipdinegirl1
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The best prepared and most delicious octopus on the planet. Fish is superb. Desserts too. The service is always welcoming. I have been going to Periyali for over 30 years and I have never had anything but a wonderful experience including my son’s 18th birthday.

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vipSMSSMS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Outstanding food.

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vipMindyH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!

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vipJimbo
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food. Octopi was as good as one could get. Device a little slow but it was crowded.

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vipjoeysails
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Periyali is one of the Best Greek Restaurants in the City. Food was delicious & our waiter was Great, even recommending a New Wine when they were out of the one we ordered. The Bar was slow to get drinks but they were busy.

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FrankK
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Peryyali provides a uniformly excellent experience in every way. Given the quality, the prices offer true value. Do not miss the Octopus or the very good Greek wines. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

i went early, so it was quie

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LaurenNicol
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RonnieB
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
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

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viphappydiner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipcjdallas
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.

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vipbambib
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant & having just been to Greece for our Honeymoon - the food was incredible ! Very high standard of cuisine and very attentive waitstaff. I highly recommend!

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vipRenaD
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Will definitely return.

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vipTwasalright
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious!
Wonderful service.

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vipsudbury
New England
41 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!

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vipPatriciaL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delicious food beautifully presented

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

Everything was superb

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MarkS
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!

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vipRoss
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

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vipuwseats
New York Area
20 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.

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vipLizzieB
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.

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vipTabb
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely. Good food. Warm professional service.

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

The staff was helpful and the food was good

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration

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vipbaba1
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

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

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vipjames
Seattle
153 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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vipDoctorDad
New York Area
232 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.

FAQs

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

Periyali is rated 4.7 stars by 2163 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.