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Periyali

4.7
1726 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Greek
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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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
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Cross street
Between 5th & 6th Ave
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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
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.7

A classic Greek restaurant that's been around since the 80's, and still holds up today.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 1726 People Are Saying
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4.6
food
4.6
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
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5.0Dined 10 hours ago

Dinner was delicious! The service was impeccable.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Periyali never disappoints. Especially Wonderful fish and lamb. Very lovely atmosphere with attentive service.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Great place. Quality service. Food is excellent.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Octopus and salmon in filo dough are exceptional! Came as a group and all of us really enjoyed our meals.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Comida abundante y buen servicio, pero nada para recordar

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Periyali was one of the first upscale restaurants in the neighborhood. It has consistently served well prepared food in a lovely environment. We have never been disappointed.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Always a special dining experience
Experienced and professional staff.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Not memorable

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Excellent Restaurant. Have eaten there many times and am NEVER disappointed.

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4.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Lovely restaurant, food is very good. Only one observation more than criticism. Bus boys tried 3 times to take away appetizer dish of spreads whilst clearly still being used. Then with the table full of breadcrumbs from the delicious pita, instead of sweeping away breadcrumbs they just plonked the main course (wonderful Branzino) straight on top of a clearly 'dirty' table. Just a question of training I think but didn't spoil the evening. I suspect owners would be disappointed in their staff to find out.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

This is a wonderful Greek restaurant that is a delight to eat in. The drinks, wine and food selections are delicious and the staff is very nice. There are an assortment of tables in various connected rooms which lends a sense of intimacy to the space. We would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Really enjoyed our evening ! Excellent service, friendly waiter who was eager to please. Delicious food; salad, fish, and lamb chops. Would recommend they add a wine list, rather than wine by the glass as the only option.
Will return!

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great restaurant, good solid fare, good value for money, attentive service. Gets a bit crowded - it is popular!

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

The food is always bursting with flavor, from the salad to the spanikopita, from the branzino to the various salmon entrees. The staff is always gracious & helpful, the ambiance is relaxing & beautiful, & the host (Phillip) welcomes everyone with a warm smile. Been dining here for years--love this treasure!

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

It's wonderful place. Must try grilled octopus.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Top-notch Greek cuisine, friendly service, reliably pleasant.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I've been wanting to go back for so long, craving the Octopus dish and the app platters...eggplant, cucumbers!

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1.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Even the bread was at least a day old!

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Great food and service. The best Greek in NYC!!!
All of the grilled fish is terrific and the octopus is to die for!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Excellent!

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Very good food, although the service was relatively slow at the end

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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Food and service were terrific as always.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great server. Delicious food. Would go back

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The food and service are always excellent. You have to try to Octopus, it is amazing. This time we also had the scallop special and it was delicious as well. I can not say enough good things about Periyali. Just go try it, you will not be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day
Restaurant beautifully decorated for the occasion

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

After 30 years, Periyali is still as good as it always has always been. After traveling to Greece it is clear that the food is authentic and delicious. You can't go wrong here.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Great long-time neighborhood stalwart that remains relevant by preparing and serving authentic and elegant upscale Greek fare with panache. Never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

It was very quiet at lunch and sitting in the back section of the restaurant, under the skylight was sublime.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

As an Astoria native and half-Greek person, I was shocked to find Greek food this good in Manhattan. The salmon and spinach baked in phyllo dough was unreal. Great ambiance, great service, will return.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

We love this restaurant !

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

Never disappoints. Food and service are always spot on.

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Our first try on this restaurant and its easy to locate. The food that they all serve taste good and the server Alex was very friendly. We’ll definitely recommend Periyali to all of my friends and family.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Salmon with spinach and “masa filo” is excellent!!!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was wonderful and the service was great. The lamb chops were amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

There are both more upscale and more low cost old school options, but, IMHO, this still offers a very good overall value proposition (food quality, fair though not cheap pricing, service, bar, ambience) for Greek food in Manhattan. Two other points about Periyali: the staff and service are great; and the menu is stronger on meat offerings than fin fish (unlike some other Greek places).

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Service and atmosphere was excellent especially for a Friday night. I would suggest getting the regular menu and not Restaurant Week.

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4.0Dined on February 2, 2018

Glad we went for Restaurant week, as it is rather expensive. My friend and I enjoyed it very much. Only negative comments are I couldn’t see a wine list by the glass, so didn’t know what the cost of the glass of wine was and the octopus appetizer was quite small.

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Always delicious! Good selection of Greek wines too!

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4.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Overall very good but not remarkable

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Lovely

Good food. Good service.

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