What Insiders Are Saying
A classic Greek restaurant that's been around since the 80's, and still holds up today.
Been here many times, and never disappointed. Service and food quality were outstanding as usual. Thus is not an inexpensive place, but the food is simply marvelous. Ask for the back room!
Excellent staff. Amazing food. A beautiful experience in every way.
My group of 5 had a great time here. The food and service was great.
After much research, I chose Periyali for my family birthday dinner. As someone who cares immensely about food and restaurants, I was excited to indulge in fresh, authentic Greek food in a restaurant with such a stellar reputation. While the feta salad, grilled octopus, and spanakopita were wonderful, I was shocked by the poor service. I did not feel welcome at Periyali. I felt rushed and spoken down to by the staff, during an early meal when the restaurant was nearly empty. The staff seemed severely undertrained, often asking to take away plates that were unfinished.
My experience at Periyali was not terrible, but for a meal that was supposed to be special, I was extremely disappointed.
needed a quiet place close to the office where a business discussion/lunch could be had with limited noise, great food and service; Periyali was perfect!
Very pleasant setting, service and atmosphere with enough sound-proofing to be able to hold an intelligent conversation. The food was excellent... all 4 of us are dreaming of two particular appetizers - one with mushrooms, the other with fava beans. Absolutely divine! Thank you for a lovely meal, even if a wee bit expensive.
Rude waitress. Loud atmosphere. Mediocre food.
First of all the food was very good. However the service was horrendous! The server did not know any prices on food or wine. They brought out the appetizers immediately after ordering. The main course came out as soon as we finished the appetizer. The dessert then arrived just as we were finishing the main course thus we told them t take it away. Five minutes later they brought the dessert again and we refused it again. We asked why they were bringing everything out so quickly and the server said they overbooked. At least we received an honest answer. We also had to ask for water several times. We finished the bread and they took away the basket without ever asking if we wanted more bread. The pink room we were in was very nice and again the food was very good, but the service was poor.
My chicken dish was undercooked which is dangerous to eat.
Second time there, can't wait to go back. A gem of a restaurant- thank you!
Periyali Never Disappoints. We had the Octopus, & Salmon in Phyllo which were delicious. Excellent Waiter Service.
Excellent food, service, and quiet atmosphere. Grilled octopus, Greek meatballs, and salmon in phyllo dough were particularly good. We had an early dinner, so it was particularly quiet, but I have been there when the place is packed, and the noise was still not a problem. Very professional wait staff and friendly maître d'.
13 year wedding anniversary.
Periyali is a "classic" of sorts--excellent food (basic in conception but exceptional in the experience of it), professional service, comfortable ambience. Less expensive than many a less-good restaurant. The rabbit, which I had, was especially good.
It was a very pleasant evening the food was delicious and the staff very courteous. I would recommend it.
An outstanding, reliable, comfortable, delicious Greek gem. A little south of midtown, so never overly crowded.
Lunch with Friends before Theatre. Very nice spot. Menu seemed a little dated.
Great spot. A+
As always, Periyali comes through with the style, ambiance, and spectacular food needed to make every birthday I have here special. I have had three birthday dinners here, and the service is always great and the atmosphere always classy. Everyone was impressed with how great the food was. Thank you guys again for making my 33rd special!
Periyali is a classic and never disappoints. It is tucked away down a few steps on West 20th, adding to its charm. The consistent excellence of its food and service makes it a place I enjoy sharing with colleagues, friends, and out-of-town guests.
Good food and service. Both food and wine a bit pricy but had a nice dinner
We have been happy patrons of Periyali for decades. As Periyali has consistently mastered the art of simply, yet expertly prepared, ultra fresh and delicious food, it remains one of NYC’s best restaurants. Nestled in a bucolic space off Fifth Avenue, Periyali offers authentic Greek food served by an expert waitstaff. (MAC, the waiter, is an exceptional, accommodating, gracious, attentive and warm star... HE makes a truly good meal absolutely perfect).
The grilled octopus is cooked to perfection with a scrumptious lemony sauce. It is notably delicious! The Greek salad and predominantly vegetarian Greek dips offered as appetizers are fresh and so tasty. The kebabs (chicken or filet mignon), moussaka, and lamb chops are all so very good. The composed entrees are accompanied by a vegetable (string beans, horta) and potato etc., all very well prepared. The fish options are so fresh and simply, yet expertly, prepared. Leave room for a robust cup of Greek coffee to end your lovely dining experience.
Whether you are a meat lover, pescatarian, or vegetarian, Periyali’s offerings will meet your dietary preferences with delectable and fresh options. Periyali is a fantastic restaurant and should be on your NYC restaurant bucket list.
Wow. This is one of those restaurants that stands the test if time and in NYC, that says a lot. Everything was amazing. Octopus, anchovies, rabbit and cod. A bottle of red, coffee and cake.I apologize for not returning sooner.
We went for Restaurant Week. The food was delicious, the waitress was pleasant and efficient and the atmosphere was charming. What took away from the experience was the hovering bus boys. They seemed to check each table every two to three minutes, which made it very annoying to have them hovering over us. We had cocktails before dinner, three courses and coffee. We were there for one hour. The "move 'em in and move 'em out" treatment was unnecessary.
Excellent upscale Greek
Periyali has been one of the best Greek restaurants in town for many years and their restaurant week menu is also one of the best : a choice of five appetizers and main courses and they are all excellent!
Great food and excellent service. Portions are enormous.
All around an excellent meal . The beets with garlic sauce and the octopus were best ever. Can’t wait to return again
Absolutely delicious!!! We will definitely be returning!!!
The host was incredibly accommodating and the octopus was phenomenal. I will definitely be back.
Food very good.
Service very good.
Ambiance/sound level gpod.
Had another wonderful meal at Periyali last night. I have been coming to this restaurant since 1991 and it never disappoints. Delicious Greek food, lovely ambiance and great service. A real gem!
Went for restaurant week with a friend. Nice experience! Everything was top notch. Highly recommend!
Wonderful food, ambiance and service. Their meaty baby lamb chops and the incredibly tender octopus so flavorfully seasoned, keep customers coming back again and again. My son and I visited during NYC Restaurant Week and the special RW dinner menu includes both of the above specialties (appetizer, main and dessert) for $42 pp (the cost of the lamb chop entree on the regular dinner menu). Not to be missed!
Been coming to this restaurant for 8 years with my high school friends, we absolutely adore it. Get the spreads & octopus!
As usual, food was phenomenal. Their grilled octopus is the best in the world. Grilled fish is terrific too. Much better value and better quality than Milos or Avra
Always a good experience; good food and service in a nice setting . Not trendy; what I refer to as an “ adult restaurant “.
The pink room, the finest service, probably the best bloody Mary and striped bass. As always, above all, delicious.
This is an excellent restaurant. The food is really, really good, the service is friendly and good, the place is very attractive. You won’t go wrong in having lunch or dinner here.
Wonderful engaging service coupled with outstanding food and drink made for a terrific evening