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Periyali

4.6
1672 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 463-7890
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Cross street: Between 5th & 6th Ave
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What 1672 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0
Dined 5 days ago

Server was personable, chatty, said,”yes”to everything & delivered 4 orders with errors on each plate. Proceeded to deny conversation. @ 6:30, restaurant opens 5:30 they were out of Bronzino. 3 of us substituted Bronzino with Black Bass, all 3 orders were bone dry, Lamb Shank preordered dry arrived wet with sauce all over it. Nice people, nice restaurant, except——-if not wanting to ruin birthday celebration, It would have been addressed in Manager’s office.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0
Dined 5 days ago

I had an early dinner here as I had an early evening appointment in the neighborhood. The restaurant has a fairly standard greek look. I was dining alone but the staff made sure that I didn't feel lonely. They were very solicitous and friendly. I had a fairly standard greek meal of lemon chicken soup and grilled fish. Both were really outstanding. The soup was lemony, chickeny and super velvety. It was a wonderful avgelemono. The branzino fillet was equally wonderful. The fish was grilled to perfection and served simply with lemon. Because the fish was cooked just right it needed nothing more than lemon. The side of ragu of grilled eggplant was very tasty as was the rice. While I went to this restaurant because it was in the neighborhood, I would travel down to this area to eat at this restaurant because of the excellent food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

It’s great to have such consistency of hospitality, food and service over so many years. Periyali delivers a fine evening year in and year out, it’s always a pleasure to return. Everything was excellent.

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 16, 2018

Loved it all!

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vipGarys (New York Area)
5.0
Dined on January 11, 2018

Periyali continues to serve excellent food. The atmosphere is warm and friendly. The service is superb. I highly recommend when you dine the grilled octopus (one of the best prepared that I ever eaten), the Hen of The Woods mushrooms (exceptional) and the lamb chops (some of the best ever tasted.) 5 stars.

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vipdancingfoodie (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Have been to Periyali before and, since this was with friends I hadn't seen for months, choosing a relatively quiet place was essential. The "vibes" here are warm and welcoming, the food very good. Though the prix fixe menu didn't apply because it was a holiday, we had an excellent meal. The staff is especially helpful, pleasant, courteous.

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vipJeff (New York Area)
4.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was excellent, as always! Food, service, ambiance ... all great.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 19, 2017

Have eaten here many times. Food is always excellent. Many fresh seafood dishes and they will make special items if you ask. One of my NYC favorites. Quiet at lunch so you can enjoy your conversation. Most NYC restaurants are loud and tables are tight.

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Chowzer (Denver)
5.0
Dined on December 19, 2017

lovely meal with wonderful service. Perfect choice for any occasion especially for those who like to taste and try a few different items.
we will be back!

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CaseyM (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 18, 2017

Attentive service and delicious Mediterranean dishes served in an elegant environment. You won't be disappointed!

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm
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Cross street
Between 5th & 6th Ave
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$31 to $50
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(212) 463-7890
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Parking details
Street parking from 6pm-11pm, Public parking lot just down the block
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Public transit
1,F,V,N,R,4,6 trains
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Executive chef
Jimmy Henderson
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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.
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Private party contact
Dimitri Kyroulis: (212) 463-7890
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine