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About Periyali

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.

35 W. 20th St.
New York, NY 10011
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:30pm-11:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-11:30pm

Cross Street:
Between 5th & 6th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 463-7890

Website:
http://www.periyali.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking from 6pm-11pm, Public parking lot just down the block

Public Transit:
1,F,V,N,R,4,6 trains

Executive Chef:
Jimmy Henderson

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.

Private Party Contact:
Dimitri Kyroulis: (212) 463-7890

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Periyali Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (30)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Casual (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fun (4)
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·Dined 4 hours ago

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

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·Dined 2 days ago

Food and service were terrific as always.

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine’s Day
Restaurant beautifully decorated for the occasion

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Healthy
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·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 5 days ago

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

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·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Never disappoints. Food and service are always spot on.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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·Dined on February 7, 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.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Healthy, Bar Seating, Romantic, Late-night Find
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·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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·Dined on February 4, 2018

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 3, 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).

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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·Dined 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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·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Always delicious! Good selection of Greek wines too!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Healthy
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

Overall very good but not remarkable

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

Lovely

Good food. Good service.

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Great grilled sea bass

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·Dined on January 31, 2018

Lovely atmosphere, good food with excellent portions. This was a great place to take my client who thoroughly enjoyed the meal. The service was very caring and nice .When we couldn't stay for dessert they packed it up for us to take home and again, were very generous!

Tags: Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on January 28, 2018

We loved it. Three of us had dinner. We had not been to Periyali in several years and could not imagine why. Food was wonderful, service was perfect, tables were spread sufficiently far apart that we could have a private conversation. We will all go back again soon.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

Always great

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·Dined on January 27, 2018

Always good food and service. Deserts are always good too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 26, 2018

What gem of a restaurant!! We went here for restaurant week and were really happy with everything. We needed up being the last ones in the spot we had such a pleasant time. Definitely coming back to enjoy more Greek cuisine.

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·Dined on January 24, 2018

Best Greek Restaurant in New York City!!! Great staff and amazing food!!!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 24, 2018

When a restaurant treats all their clients the same during Restaurant Week, they are tops.... but when the food is absolutely outstanding they get 5 stars. Everyone in our group was so impressed. Thanks for 30 years and to 30 more. It is as fresh as the day you opened.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on January 24, 2018

Periyali has been around for 30 years, and I've been going there regularly for close to that many years. It is that rare restaurant that is for grownups, with a reliable menu that has not changed -- and in a good way. There are always fish specials, depending on what's available that day, and the fish is simply prepared in a way that brings out its flavor without masking it. The main menu has superbly prepared Greek specialties like moussaka and lamb chops that you want again and again. We shared several appetizers among my group -- Greek spreads, calamari salad, spanakopita, and the excellent octopus) followed by three of their wonderful desserts (orange cake, walnut cake, and nut cookies). We didn't have wine at lunch, but when I've been there for dinner I am always happy with the wine suggestions.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Authentic
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·Dined on January 23, 2018

Very nice dinner, the back room is noisy. Excellent service.

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·Dined on January 19, 2018

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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·Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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·Dined on January 18, 2018

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.

Tags: Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Cozy
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·Dined on January 16, 2018

Loved it all!

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Terrific!
Eat there every time we're in NYC

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·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

The food and service are outstanding here. Been here a handful of time and one of my favorites for Greek food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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·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.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Healthy
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·Dined on December 18, 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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Business Meals
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

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

Tags: Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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