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Perla

4.3
4.3
30 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Perla Cafe is a cozy Italian neighborhood restaurant that serves pasta and seasonal food in a casual, warmly lit space. The restaurant also offers a fine selection of cocktails and vintage wines. Inspired by the "happy cooking" vision of restaurateur Gabriel Stulman, Perla Cafe's menu includes a wide selection of home-style meals. Enjoy some scrambled eggs and toast for brunch, a shrimp salad for lunch or some spaghetti for dinner. Complement it with a cappuccino or a chocolate ganache tarte. Perla Cafe is open for lunch or brunch every day until 3 p.m. and open again for dinner from 5 to 11 p.m. most of the week. The restaurant extends its closing hours to midnight between Thursday and Saturday, making it an ideal choice for a late dining date.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 933-1824

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jack Harris

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Cross street

    1 block South of West 3rd and 6th Ave.

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A, C, E, B, D, F, M at West 4th; 1 at Christopher St.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine

What 30 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience

NoiseModerate

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  1. jegg

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2015

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    I've only been to the new incarnation of Perla, but my experience was very good. I gather that they went for a much more casual approach, and they definitely succeeded (our male server was wearing jean shorts). The appetizer (Little Gem) was fantastic - exceptionally fresh veggies and great flavors. The pastas were inventive and seasonal, and perfectly done. Where they fell down was the prawns - they were grilled, but grilling prawns can sometimes leave them with a bitter taste, which is what they did here. Still, I would return for sure.
  2. Worlddiner

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent! Best chicken dish out of all my travels. Trendy joint with a good wine selection.
  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    154 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    It was a hot and steamy summer night...and we had a delightful dinner at Perla. We had tried getting reservations all last summer (of 2014), and finally reserved for a Sunday night in the summer of 2015. Salmon Tartar: nicely balanced with the sweet corn brodetto; Little Gem Salad - this seems to be the dish du jour this season, was nicely done; Agnolotti with sweet peas, carrots and parmigiano was just right; Orecchiette with sweet italian sausage and broccoli rabe pesto was the star of the night - perfect balance of rich and light, salty, sweet, slightly bitter, and lightly creamy. Olive oil cake with strawberries and whipped cream was a slight twist on a strawberry shortcake. All paired with easy drinking glasses of wine.
  4. PHIL

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Perla was outstanding except for the portion sizes . The pasta disnes were way to small, areflect the price.ppetizer size and did not
  5. OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is outstanding. One of the best meals in past 5 years. Great staff, owner is welcoming and a nice cozy environment. I could fill this page with comments but you just need to go.
  6. DebbieWA

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perla is current, hip, but has soul--the owner LOVES food and knows how to treat his guests to a memorable experience. Your eyes take in the well-appointed decor, the wait staff is super friendly, and the food is delightful. Yes--you should go to Perla. This place has a heartbeat, exudes joy and passion, mixed with humility and gratitude, and you leave with big smile on your face feeling like you discovered a secret.
  7. Victoria

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2015

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    The staff here is friendly from the moment you enter the door. I had a delicious Negroni at the small front bar while waiting for the rest of my party. Once arrived, we were seated in a larger booth in the back of the room. The kitchen heat was palpable and when I our server whether the AC could be turned up, within minutes it had cooled off. Our server was knowledgeable, personable and very efficient. She knew all the ingredients and preparation of each of the dishes we inquired about. My friend has serious allergy issues and she was incredibly patient in helping him work through the menu to determine what dishes he could safely eat. The food was expertly prepared and presented. There was a grilled lamb tongue with beets & hazelnut appetizer that both people who ordered raved about. I had the baby artichokes and arugula topped with shaved parmesan that was light and delicious. Another appetizer was a sort of pork croquette. My main course was the Dorade prepared with a chili sauce that was the perfect balance for the lightness of the fish. My husband had the hangar steak that he said was perfectly prepared. Overall, the food and service were top notch. I do believe the music is played far too loudly for the size of the space. I would definitely recommend Perla and would eat there again.
  8. rangers75

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2015

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I have been at Perla twice within 7 days, and just let me say, I think the food is some of the best I have ever had, and I have traveled all over the world, Italy , Spain Greece and of course all over the USA. The menu is very limited, but oh so good. I must repeat , Do not miss out on this fantastic restaurant.
  9. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here is amazing! So simple, fresh and perfectly prepared. The service is great and friendly. Really warm and comfortable vibe. One of my favorites.
  10. Lewis

    New York Area

    80 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2015

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Ordered pasta. Had a five minute discussion about red pepper chili flakes that I can't eat and show up in food even tho not on menu description. Server said don't worry, won't be in this. Pasta came out spicy WITH red pepper flakes. Thank God I tasted it right away. Sent it back. Manager came over and said " sorry for the misunderstanding". There was no misunderstanding I said.... I'm allergic.... I could have died! Manager response: I should have said "allergic" Moral: if you don't say you will die, they won't readjust ingredients! Manager confirmed this!!!Horrible customer service! Won't be back. Strongly don't recommend this place!!!
  11. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2015

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The pasta was by far the highlight of the meal. Orecchiette and Agnolotti the best.
  12. Andy

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Its a relatively small place, but at the same time wonderful. The decoration and ambience was good, but their food is of the best quality. Amazing flavor and service. Didnt care about the price, scottish salmon overwhelmed my taste buds.
  13. Lizka

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've been to Perla a few times now. The service is always exceptional. If you think of yourself as a foodie, I definitely recommend coming here. You can feel free to order something a little more adventurous on the menu because honestly, everything's going to be good. 10/10.
  14. Lahu

    New York Area

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2015

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Been here three times over the years, and while all meals were good, every dish we ordered on this visit knocked it out of the park. The gnocchi was the favorite of the table, the polenta side dish was so good we ordered a second and my dorade was fantastic. Perla is clearly going from strength to strength...
  15. kzl1973

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can never go wrong here. Food, drinks and great music on their playlist.
  16. cgs1

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Just always delivers. Always. Food is creative and delicious. Service is always great.
  17. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2015

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Wonderful service, outstanding food. The place was packed but felt completely intimate.
  18. Stephanie

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The room is warm and welcoming, well designed with two bars and
  19. midwesternNYCguy

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2015

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The homemade pasta is on point. The service was perfect. It was all about you coming over to their place and sharing what they loved with you. It was seamless. The beverage program isn't half bad either. Brad the bartender knows what he's doing around there. Go for the people AND the food. Phenomenal.
  20. Karine

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2014

    overall5food4service3ambience3
    Overall the food was of a high quality, however a few of the pasta dishes tended to be a little on the slaty side. Apart from that, the meal was extremely enjoyable.
  21. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The restaurant had a wonderful ambiance...cozy, warm and inviting. The menu selections were plentiful and covered a wide spectrum of tastes. If anything was disappointing, and it truly wasn't, I would say the dessert menu is a little weak. We had the olive oil cake and it was good, but nothing to write home about. Would I go again or recommend...YES!
  22. AllenK

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Some of the items were very good (pastas, steak, chicken). My only problem with the restaurant is the space- parties of 5 or more are seated in booths and the tables/banquettes are not spacious. It was very tight , uncomfortable, and difficult to talk
  23. UWSGourmand

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2014

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was impeccable: attentive, non-rushed, friendly yet respectful; food was fine: fresh, delicious, well presented. The overall ambiance of the place coupled with staff kindness and efficiency made our evening special. The food, although good, was secondary. I would recommend Perla for that beautiful combination of food, ambiance, attentive unfussy service and warm convivial energy. My one concern is that it does get pretty loud here between the pop music blaring through the speakers, lively bar scene and that one big table of celebratory button-down expense-accounters.
  24. Roioan

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The atmosphere was really cozy and the design of the restaurant makes you feel really comfortable. But most importantly the food was amazing!
  25. Carling

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Outstanding local restaurant. Warm, comfortable feeling. Good wine list. Friendly service. Food was outstanding. Very tasty, reasonable portions. A can't miss
  26. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2014

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Best Italian food i've had in a long long time. Fresh pasta was outstanding. All appy were delicious. Must go in NYC
  27. OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2014

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Best gnocchi ever! Great foodand wine. Was surprisingly loud around the bar at night but during the day for lunch it was perfect.
  28. Princess7

    New York Area

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I dined for the first time at Perla with a friend from out of town who raved about it. Food was beyond delicious. She had pasta and i had Tuna. Both amazing! Service was very knowledgable and accommodated my Gluten and food allergies (no problem). The restaurant was packed (in a good way) and very energetic. Bar tenders were amazing also. Great food, service and scene. Highly recommend.
  29. scout75

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2014

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I had been to Perla many years ago and expected that it probably wasn't going to be as good as my first time dining there. But I was very pleasantly surprised to discover that it was even better. The lasagna was remarkable and everything else we ordered was delicious. There was one mix-up with the dessert that we ordered but our server promptly and kindly made it up to us. Highly recommend for just about any occasion.
  30. foodlovinlizzy

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2014

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Group of 4 of us had a later seating (9:45pm). Food was delicious - didn't eat a single bad thing. The portions are on the smaller side, so you don't leave stuffed. Definitely get the octopus appetizer - very tender with a smoky, grilled flavor. The lasagna is made with braised pork - was delicious and unique. The orecchiette was probably our favorite - absolutely delicious! We all agree that we would definitely go back. The atmosphere is cozy - music in the background was rap, which we all thought was a little weird.

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Perla is rated 4.3 stars by 30 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Perla

24 Minetta Ln, New York, NY 10012

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1 block South of West 3rd and 6th Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    West Village

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Thursday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 12:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    A, C, E, B, D, F, M at West 4th; 1 at Christopher St.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jack Harris

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Wine

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