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Pepela

4.0
74 reviews
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$30 and under
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Modern European
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  • Romantic
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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Pepela Restaurant, New York, is a fusion of modern European and traditional Georgian cuisine situated between Rosé Hill and the Flatiron District. The posh maisonette offers an area for cocktails upstairs while downstairs offers comfortable dining and entertainment. With a variety of fish, vegetable and light meat dishes, Pepela captures the palettes of even the most critical gastronomists New York produces. Sophisticated and charming, Pepela offers patrons a warm welcome and experience that is sure to bring them back.
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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Modern European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: from 5:00pm
Sunday: from 4:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 658-1115
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Malkhaz Maisashvili
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Park Avenue and East 30th St.
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Public transit
6,N,R trains to 28th street
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Entertainment
Live music
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Private Dining

Pepela is available for special events, corporate functions, parties and celebrations with seated dinners for up to 60 ppl. Or Cocktail & Passed Hors D’ Oeuvres for up to 150 ppl

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food
4.0
service
4.2
ambience
3.8
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Noise · Moderate
84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on December 10, 2016

My partner and I had dinner at Pepela. We both had prosecco rose, which was really nice, and salmon which we both enjoyed.

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4.0Dined on December 10, 2016

This was recommended by a Georgian friend, and the food did not disappoint. We came early but the restaurant was completely empty!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2016

Had dinner at Pepela, chose light summer menu items, including Pepela Salad, which was delicious. Also ordered the lamb chops which were done very well. The food was very appetizing and our server Kate was very attentive. She sat us right next to the balcony with open vaulted space. I recommend this venue for a couples dinner. I went with my wife. The walls are appointed with lots of art work. I drank Satrapezo Saperavi, which is a fabulous limited edition Georgian red wine. Never knew that Georgian wines were this good.

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2.0Dined on July 29, 2016

Absolutely horrific service
The only good food was the hot cheese bread. Everything else really mediocre.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2016

Lovely spacious place. Vey reasonable prices, good food, great ambiance.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2016

We came by Pepela on Sunday and were very surprised. They have real opera singers performing there. Our server Julia explained to us that they have opera night every Sunday without any additional charge for it. The place looks like private house and we were hesitate for a minute that we dressed not right for the place. We have had infused vodka (Georgians call it Chacha) and had entrees - lamb Chops (of course) I love meat:) it was marinated some special way yammi -I tried to find out how they seasoning it but got no clue:) and georgian dumplings. now I am planninand to have my birthday at Pepela.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

My husband and I celebrated our 8th anniversary at Pepela! Romantic candlelight dinner for two:). Mango lobster salad was their special for that night. We loved it. Amazing tasteful paradise on a plate! Portions are so big, we took it home and it was great for the next day lunch!!! Also restaurant stuff treated us with dessert Napoleon cake. They made our little romantic dinner so special.
Thank you

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2016

What a great friday night I came with my friend at this elegant, romantic place.. very welcoming and friendly service. I ordered the Pepela salad and it was sooooo tasty omg! Nice wine list, a lot of semisweet wines. I will definitely recommend for parties or romantic dates.Be back soon but this time with my boyfriend for some quality time:)

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2016

I went to Pepela with my date for a Friday night dinner. I have eaten Georgian food before and I was looking forward to sampling some dishes. The menu surprisingly has some non-Georgian continental items that are top notch. Semi Sweet wines are rare in NY and Pepela has a large collection from Georgia. The evening was fantastic, with live music, a vibrant ambiance and a staff willing to cater to any request. Several large tables hosted big groups which added to the energy of the place in a positive way. I will definitely be back with a big group.

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1.0Dined on February 5, 2016

My meal consisted of boiled frozen mixed vegetables like you can buy at Costco. Food was so bland. Waitstaff was hostile and took forever. Strange ambiance with live music by a man with a keyboard.

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2.0Dined on January 16, 2016

Good atmosphere for dining. Our waitress Christina was fantastic. But the food was bland and tasteless.

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4.0Dined on November 27, 2015

We went out with 8 people and were able to get a reservation last minute. The ambiance was great but the service, although friendly, was very slow. We were a group who wanted to hang out but the length of time between getting our appetizers and entrees, even though there were no other large groups in the restaurant, was significant and slightly frustrating. Our servers were friendly and attentive.

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4.0Dined on November 18, 2015

The food was not as good as usual. We tried a new vegetarian dish and it was pretty bland. But we love this restaurant and will be back as well as recommend it to others

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3.0Dined on November 9, 2015

Service very good; nice room downstairs. My "chicken and tomatoes in Georgian spices" (first item on the mains menu) was a tiny portion (3 cubes of chicken breast) in a basic fricasee. Quite underwhelming. The cheese bread appetizer, however, was excellent.

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2015

Georgian cuisine experience in Manhattan. Tasty! Georgian wines a bit overpriced:)

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2015

My return visit was even more enjoyable. I returned for an early dinner. The lamb chops were cooked to perfection. These service was as attentive and helpful as in my prior visit. I recommend this restaurant.

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1.0Dined on February 13, 2015

Pretentious and overprice place. They include 20% gratitude for 2 people in the bill...-37

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2015

The food and décor are both very enjoyable. It is a good place to celebrate a special day such as an anniversary. The service is friendly and attentive. The menu is varied with many healthy choices. My lamb dish was very tasty and nicely presented. Definitely worth a return visit.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2015

I went here for the second time. The food and the service are excellent. I will be back again!

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5.0Dined on February 4, 2015

All traditional Georgian food was good, with exception of "Khinkali" that was on dry side - did not have enough juice. I was surprised that there was no "Kuchmachi" on the menu, which is a staple for Georgian cuisine, and even more surprised that waitress didn't know about such a dish. Other minor shortcomings: waitress abandoned us for quite a while when it was time for coffee, so I had to go find her, and there was no Turkish coffee available, which is another staple in Georgia. Overall, both, food and wine (including "Chacha"), were excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2015

The staff was excellent and the ambience exquisite! Would highly recommend for a dinner date!

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

gorgeous elegant space, very tastefully decorated. The staff was welcoming and friendly, and the food is delicious! Fresh and clean vegan and vegetarian options too. We had an early dinner so we left before the entertainment/music started. At that time it was very quiet, but i understand it livens up later in the evening. Highly recommend.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2015

Totally loved this place! Its completely unexpected frim the entrance to Gabriel at the door to the live music!! Food is very good and georgian wine is amazing! Def. will be revisiting!!

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3.0Dined on November 12, 2014

Third time in Pepela. Food is good, not noise and friendly staff

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2014

Stopped by Pepela at 5:30pm on a Wednesday after seeing a matinee. We had the place all to ourselves for a while. Beautiful dining room, very friendly service and amazing Georgian food. Really enjoyed the Kharcho soup with tender veal and the Khinkali dumplings with beef. The owner stopped by a couple of times to make suggestions and see what we thought of the food. He appreciated our compliments and enthusiasm for his food. He surprised us at the end of our meal by comping a large piece of Tiramisu. I've had Tiramisu before, but never one this good. We also enjoyed his favorite Georgian wine. Can't wait to go back and try more.

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5.0Dined on November 6, 2014

The food is Georgian (as in former Soviet republic not the US state) and it is memorable. Service was fantastic, too. But, seriously, go for the food and the ambience. We went on a Thursday night and there was a singer there who was quite good as well. Highly recommend this hidden gem - in a brownstone, looks like you're entering someone's home but it sets the perfect atmosphere for dinner.

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4.0Dined on November 3, 2014

Heard about this place so many times and finally got there on a Monday night dinner. Wonderful ambience and beautiful decor really impressed me. It's definitely worth seeing. They have a very nice and quiet bar on the first floor where you may have a pre-dinner drink while you are waiting for your guest. The main dining room is downstairs. They do have live music and it starts around 7-8 pm.
Our server Cristina was great. She was very polite,attentive and experienced.
If you know something about Georgian food-that's the right place. The chef is Georgian and he knows what he's doing. Khachapuri and khinkali were the best I ever tried in NY.
The only dissapointment is the music.It was too loud.Maybe bc we were sitting to close to the scene.

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2.0Dined on October 29, 2014

Portions small and service lacking- staff was friendly

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2014

My husband and I visited this lovely restaurant because we were intrigued by the opportunity to try Georgian food. The setting is lovely - in an old townhouse, nicely decorated and very well-spaced tables. The service was very friendly and courteous - we wanted to try Georgian wine and they offered tastings to us before we selected our bottle. The food was plentiful and tasty, using combinations of Georgian spices and fresh ingredients. We enjoyed our experience, and plan to visit again for lunch or brunch.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2014

Set in a charming brownstone, the restaurant and good presentation was beautiful. The service staff was very friendly and kind and the food was delicious. We will definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on July 19, 2014

Veggy appetizers were interesting, special Georgian taste. Khachapuri not bad, but not really special. Very nice Georgian bread.
Buglama of Salmon was very well prepared, rice and sauce were very interesting.
However Kupaty and Mzvadi Ketze (pork Kebab) were mediocre, nothing special. We paid $343 for 5 people (including automatic tip) and it felt too high a price for the amount of food we got, most of which was appetizers and only 3 entrees. We had a bottle of wine too.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2014

We had a great experience at Pepela. Welcomed warmly, we spent over two hours luxuriating in authentic Georgian cuisine with the most wonderful service. The charming atmosphere added to the enjoyment, as we sat under the skylight on a thunderstorming evening in a quiet and pretty dining area. We would highly recommend Pepela.

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5.0Dined on June 11, 2014

I went to Pepela on Wednesday night with my friends. First of all my compliments to the ownership. The staff was very attentive and friendly. I tried Chacha drink (their specialty), love it. Also they got live music. We were dancing all night long. We are definitely coming back!

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2.0Dined on April 25, 2014

We were very excited to eat at Pepela because we really love Georgian cuisine, but we were very unimpressed with the food. A few dishes were good, but overall it was disappointing. The decor is great, service was good and the restaurant staff was very friendly and pleasant. Unfortunately, we will not be returning any time soon.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2014

Just a lovely restaurant and the food is fantastic!!!

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1.0Dined on April 10, 2014

Got there at 8:00 main dishes were not served until 10:00. Food and service was poor.

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3.0Dined on March 25, 2014

Without the voucher, we couldn't have afforded to eat here. And while the food was good, it wasn't good enough to justify the undiscounted cost. The meats (I had pork, my friend had lamb) were over-cooked. The sides were switched (I got the potatoes he ordered, he got the grilled veggies I ordered). And we often couldn't get the server's attention when we wanted her. The dry Georgian red wine was very good after it breathed in the glass a while. The ambience had a charming, old world quality.

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2014

Very good food, interesting and unusual dishes. Decor ambiance OK, but importantly not too noisy. Entertainment was unexpected surprise, but why Spanish not Russian slant? Only two of the listed deserts were available (disappointment) and no American coffee -- only option for it was "Americano" (diluted espresso).

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2014

Wonderfully decorated with exquisite chandeliers and beautifully displayed bar in a townhouse situated in Murray Hill. An array of foods made for vegetarians but also includes seafood and meat dishes for the carnivore (veal, pork, chicken, beef). Also, the bar list includes an interesting variety of cocktails and wines. Service is excellently paced by Alex who is so nice and helpful with recommendations. We were fortunate to meet the owner of the restaurant. He is so kind and gracious. Even Bill Clinton ate there! Conveniently located on 30th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Delicious. Upscale Georgian dishes. Excellent wine/wine list from Georgia. Wait staff excellent at advising on food and wine selection.

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