Periyali

4.7
2186 Reviews
$31 to $50
Greek
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.

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KendallW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and food was so awesome! What a yummy treat!

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vip46XY
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been here many times over the years, and the quality is consistent, the staff accommodating, and the ambiance very welcoming.

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vipChrisP
Los Angeles
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner last weekend - the food was fantastic, the ambience was energetic & exciting and the service was great. Thank you!

RS
vipRonS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waiter was excellent. food was ok definitely not a five-star dining experience.

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vipBoychik
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful food and service. I ate outside this time but love the indoors.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Birthday overall ok.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing !! Very friendly !!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious and authentic! One of my favorite restaurants

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vipGaryK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed, always good food. Well prepared

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service , very friendly staff and delicious food .

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AndreaD
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Periyali had great food, ambiance, and a friendly staff. Will definitely come back again.

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vipCityMD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very gracious and accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the Black Sea bass! Great ambiance for indoor seating! Must have garlic sauce with the Calamari as a starter. It’s only right

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DorothyC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in every way! So happy to be back dining indoors in one of our favorite restaurants. The special grilled fish is always good (we had Black Sea bass this time), as are the grilled mushroom appetizer and rice pudding.

JC
JessicaC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite spots and food is always fantastic

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vipOJPJ
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Lovely outdoor dining, perfect for pandemic times. Tables nicely spaced apart, plenty of heat lamps to provide warmth. Same wonderful food!

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vipEllej
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant ever

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Calamari and Octopus delicious and the salmon was perfectly cooked. One of my all time favorites!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, Periyali. We have been customers for over 10 years. You have done an amazing job to make a beautiful space and provide the best Mediterranean food around during the pandemic. We are grateful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience—wait staff was very friendly.
Felt very safe indoor dining

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KonstantinaS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go for valentines day with my husband every year and it’s always amazing!! Very grateful

KS
vipKenS
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal! Very nice secluded indoor dining on the first night of indoor dining.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a romantic date

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viplarryl
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Always solid, good, healthy food. Abs, service was very good outside. So difficult for restaurants in these times , but Periyali👍

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Recommend to anybody who is looking to have a high-end Mediterranean dinner. Great for dates and small groups

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vipNicole
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are Greek, and therefore very picky with our Greek food. This was incredibly authentic and delicious. I was thrilled to see my favorite food on the planet, avgolemono, first on the menu. I'm rarely wowed by anyone's rendition of this soup besides my family, but it was SPECTACULAR. All three of us ate it in record time, exclaiming, "this is the best avgolemono ever!!!"... besides my mom's ;)

The rest of the food was just as amazing. The portions were huge, so I got to enjoy everyone's leftovers for the next few days. The lamb, the chicken souvlaki, and the moussaka were all 5 stars.

My parents live in NJ where indoor dining is still allowed, so they were a little hesitant to dine outside after the sun was down on a cold windy night, but Periyali did a fabulous job heating the place and keeping you covered and protected from the wind, while still allowing us to feel safe and distanced. We were more than comfortable, and didn't even think of the 30-something-degree temperature once.

Our server's wine recommendations were spot on, and the desserts were to die for. I really don't even have one complaint for this place. It was an amazing night, start to finish.

With only six tables outside, though, make sure you make your reservation in advance! You don't wanna miss out on this one!

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vipKelly
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner is amazing! Food is fantastic. So warm. Highly recommend.

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vipMichaelR
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and value - and handling pandemic-related issues responsibly and well!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor situation is small, but charming. The heaters are excellent.
The food, as always, is wonderful.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ate at a table outside. We were concerned about the table next to us being too close and the management kindly moved it far enough away to make us happy. The food was delicious, especially the octopus appetizer.

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Mary
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Periyali often and usually order their daily special grilled fish and it is always excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice space, and easy to talk with friends in. Food was great!

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vipJ555
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The octopus has reached the stage where we have to share multiple orders.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots.
Delicious food!
Great service.

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Frank
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Would definitely recommend to family or friends.

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vipneenee
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed our dinner outdoors. Accommodating helpers. Excellent fish and --baklava for dessert!

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Lulu
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing, our waiter was very attentive. The food was the best greek food I've had in a while. The setting is beautiful.

GM
vipGabrielleM
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

All of the food was fresh & delicious. The staff are very friendly and efficient.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Periyali is my all time favorite Greek restaurant in New York City. Chef always gets it right and uses the freshest ingredients. The ambiance and vibe are great and service is always first rate. I celebrate my birthday here every year and my friends and family also rave about it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I love Periyali, it was our local when we lived in Flatiron because it is consistently solid food that can be as healthy or heavy as you want it to be (everything from more simply-cooked fish to salmon baked in phyllo or yummy cakes). Paired w a good wine list, European-style good service and a great ambience (was more romantic when you could eat indoors but they’ve put their beautiful roses out in their outdoor patio albeit in much smaller bunches!). When we lived closer we came almost once a week.

FAQs

Periyali offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 463-7890.

Periyali is rated 4.7 stars by 2186 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.