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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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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

From the family that built the amazing Il Cantinori, Periyali is a stalwart that has survived the test of time. I hadn't been there in 25 years. The Greek food is authentic and still great. Our waitress was amazing. We were there pre-theatre so it was relatively quiet. All in all, a good meal.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Been here many times when we're n the mood for authentic, Greek seafood. Service is always friendly and attentive.

Tags: Authentic, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 15, 2017

I love this restaurant!! It is at least a stop once while I am in New York. Sometimes twice!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Absolutely the best Greek restaurant in NYC and going strong. So much excellent food, I don't know where to begin. From the array of appetizers to the mix of fish, fowl and veggies this is numero uno. And Greek wine! And tres excellent family hospitality. We had ten people in our party, mostly from out of town, and they left elated. Excellent hosts.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I have been enjoying Periyali since they opened in the mid eighties. It is still one of the best restaurants in town!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Absolutely loved the charcoal grilled octopus!!!

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·Dined on September 8, 2017

The food was good though my girlfriend ordered the meatballs and they were a little dry. I also had the shrimp and they turned out to be good but a little well done.

Two things that actually irked me were that the bus boys were VERY aggressive. Constantly they were coming up to use asking if we were done with our plates in an aggressive tone as if they wanted to rush us out the door for the next table to come in. Mind you the place was 3/4 empty while we were there so it wasn't as if we were taking our time and most of the times they asked us to take our plates away we were clearly still eating as there was still food ON THE PLATE.

Secondly, which I didn't personally like, was that the waitress just gave us our check randomly even though we hadn't even finished our dessert or even asked for it. Another sign they were trying to rush us out. I felt that to be incredibly rude and to make a point I took my girlfriend here on a date so I assure you we didn't do anything out of the ordinary for them to treat us this way.

Regardless, I'll go somewhere else where I don't feel rushed to eat my food when I'm trying to be on a romantic date.

Tags: Authentic, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

It's our favorite spot in the city. This visit was as delicious as it always is!! Everything about it is perfection!

Tags: Fun, Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

I've been going to Periyali for many years. In fact, it's celebrating 30 years this December. In NYC that is an incredible milestone and just reinforces why it's still relevant. Consistently serving quality food, personable service, upscale feel yet very comfortable and all a very fair price. The grilled octopus, branzino, and lamb shank are all signature dishes. Cant say enough about this place, particularly in a city where there is so much hype as it relates to the restaurant scene.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We had a really nice evening. The food was very good as was the service . everyone was personable and attentive without being intrusive. The atmosphere was elegant yet comfortable. Overall this restaurant is an excellent value. I highly recommend it and we will return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

For at least 30 years we have been with our friends at Periyali. We are part of the Periyali family.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Professional

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

I have eaten at Periyali multiple times over many years. It's always been one of my favorite go to Greek restaurants in NYC. This was the most disappointing dinner there. The grilled octopus, always one of my favorites was not at all crispy as if it had been pre-grilled and sitting in broth and the fish though perfectly cooked was under seasoned and bland. I will try it again hoping this was an exception.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our waiter was so gracious and perfectly attentive, present but not so present that he was a part of our meal. I feel that the quality of service goes down significantly when I go out for Restaurant Week - from the food, to the service, to the seating. Not the case at Periyali. The quantity and quality of food was great. Waitstaff on point. Beautiful ambiance with fresh flowers. Definitely coming back again for the regular menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Went for NYC Restaurant week. We used to enjoy their Octopus, in our opinion the best. We added to our NYC restaurants week's selection an A la Carte order of Octopus. Unfortunately we were disappointed, IT IS NOT ANY LONGER the best octopus. Sorry to say, Periyali, you have many other places in NY area and NYC with better Octopus recipes. Prices of the Wines by the bottles are still extremely high. The service was prompt and courteous. In another note, would like to mention that this restaurant needs a fresh coat of paint and review other ceiling equipment in their back room as it looks very "tired and messy".

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I hadn't been to Periyali since the '90's, when I worked in the neighborhood and lunched there frequently. This time I went with my wife and grown daughter for my wife's birthday. The food was as excellent as I remembered it, including the traditional octopus, quail and lamb chop dishes, with which we had a great Santorini assyrtiko, and the restaurant provided a delicious walnut/ginger slice of birthday cake. The service was especially attentive and friendly without being intrusive, which made for a delightful--and delicious--occasion.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 16, 2017

We have been to Periyali many times.This was restaurant week...we ordered off the special menu..$42.
My husband ordered grilled octopus...which was delicious,but a very tiny portion! He also ordered lamb chops...also excellent but 2 tiny lollipop chops...he was still extremely hungry...
This was a huge disappointment to us because we frequent the restaurant often.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Our waiter Demetrious. Was not only a good waiter but he was quite entertaining and playful. Made for a nice experience
The colorful host was also a treat.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

You can count on this place to never disappoint. A FlatIron staple I hope will be around for decades

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Amazing food, attentive service. Can't go wrong here!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.
A fine place to start a romance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Great food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

We had a spectacular evening. Lovely place. Very helpful informed and efficient waitress excellent food prep menu and ingredients. Never rushed easy calm atmosphere. A great place. Highly recommended.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Ambiance marred by owner's treatment of staff. Food very uneven.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Came in for restaurant week really liked the price fix selections. The octopus was one of the best I have ever had. Waiter really helped out my friends picking a good wine. Service was great and the food was very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Food is always terrific. Service is not great.
The place was almost empty at 1:00 on a Wednesday during Restaurant Week.

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·Dined on July 26, 2017

I have been going to Periyali for 20 years. The food is consistently good and the staff always accommodating. The atmosphere is warm and aesthetically pleasing. I would recommend it for special occasions or everyday dining.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

We have been going to Periyali for 20 years. The service is always top notch and the food is continually fresh and on point. Could not have asked for a better meal; every bite delicious. And, since it was Dad and my birthdays, our wonderful server brought out complimentary Greek desserts with a candle for both of us. It's the little niceties that really count these days. Thank you Periyali for making our lunch so very special and for always keeping up your standards of authentic and delicious Greek fare and accommodating service throughout the years.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This is a lovely restaurant when you want to have a conversation with people you haven't seen for awhile, and want a leisurely quiet and pleasant meal. The restaurant is relatively quiet and pretty, the service is good and the food is very good. My favorite is the octopus, a grilled to perfection taste treat. I love it paired with the Greek potatoes and extra lemon.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Great Dinner spot, delicious octopus and I love the garlic hummus with beets. We were given plenty of time to finish our meals and drinks without being rushed by the wait staff. Friendly staff and good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

One of our favorite s for years!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Food was not cared for and service was rushed and unprofessional

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Wonderful food and our Persian waiter is a gem. I wish it was around the corner from my home.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Good food and good service- very pleasant experience!

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We've been coming for more than 20 years and it's our favorite Greek restaurant to New York. We come from the upper Eastside so it's not just around the corner and it's worth the trip

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Amazing food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Everything tastes good but nothing is outstanding enough to justify the price point.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner, waiter and the entire evening. It was like being in Greece again. Delicious food and atmosphere. We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

When a restaurant survives 30 years you figure they are doing something right. This place is very comfortable and offers a nice selection of traditional Greek dishes plus a few that are a little more cutting edge. In that second category, the quail with spinach and feta is a standout. Staff is very warm and welcoming.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Have probably been coming her for close to 20 years.....
Good food, regular clientele. Not touristy!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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