Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
Rated a Top 5 Newcomer by Zagat, Midtown brings an authentic taste of eastern Mediterranean cuisine to Manhattan.

Pera derives its name from an elegant neighborhood in Istanbul that has served as the melting pot for many cultures and cuisines since the 17th century. Pera features numerous mezes, specially prepared and marinated cuts of grilled meats and seafood, traditional and modern Mediterranean side dishes and regional breads baked a la minute.

Our popular Cocktails & Mezes Happy Hour is offered at the bar and lounge (no reservations) until 7:00pm daily.

Check out Wine Down Weekends at Pera, featuring all bottles of wine at 1/2 price (Fri, Sat and Sun dinner) and our $34 Sunday Supper Menu (served in addition to a la carte menu).

Saturday and Sunday Lunch/Brunch available for private events. Groups accommodations, private dining, special events, catering and delivery services are available. Please email events@peranyc.com.
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Wine Down Weekends

All bottles of wine at 1/2 price on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Sunday evenings also offer $38 3-course Sunday Supper menu (in addition to our regular menus).

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: June 28, 2019

Ends: June 29, 2118

Availability: Sun 5:00PM-9:00PM
Fri-Sat 5:00PM-9:00PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us on Thanksgiving Day and celebrate with Chef's 3-course menu featuring Pumpkin Bisque, Roasted Turkey, Lamb Shank and Pumpkin Pie, to name a few items. $65 per person and optional wine pairing $19 per person. Children's Menu available for $25 for guests under 12. Served 1PM - 9PM.

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DD
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

I guess it's the acoustics, but we had to shout to hear each other. For that reason I don't know if I would return. It was an after work dinner with the girls so we were catching up. Food was good, service was good. It was a good location for all of us, being right near Grand Central.

TF
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Very surprised that they closed all of the bar area for a private event which was challenging for meeting my guests as they arrived at different times. Being seated at a table to greet them is not very personal or warming..

KK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food. We had a branzino, lamb, crab cake and the salmon, all of which were very good. Good atmosphere. Only issue was when we came in they tried to cram our party of 8 (which we had a reservation for) into a small round table. They had to turn the placemats sideways and cram the chairs in. However when we said that table wouldn’t work, they moved us to a much better location. (Should have just done that first)

TJ
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A very busy lunch crowd, lots of suit jackets abound. Pretty crowded so make a reservation.
Dinner thins out. Good food and small easy to navigate menu. Seafood salad could be presented better

v
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food was outstanding. Service friendly but slow.

PT
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great business dinner. Days later I am hearing from my guest and how great he food and service was. Not my first time eating here and certainly will not be my last.

D
Salt Lake City
15 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Convenient mid town location, diverse menu
Service was slow, price NYC not a value eatery
Noise level in front was very loud and made table conversation difficult

OT
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Restaurant was not very busy and a little chilly

R
New York Area
119 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very good meal at Pera. Service was very good and server was responsive. Quality and diversity of menu is quite high. Overall, a pleasant meal.

JM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Other than the service being a bit slow during our visit, had a great experience! Used to come here for lunch when I worked nearby, have been out of the city for a couple of years but they've clearly kept up their standards. Great food in a very nice refined setting.

M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A very convenient option near Grand Central for lunch. You can get anything from a nice salad to something much heartier. Perhaps a little loud for an intimate business conversation.

N
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mixed appetizer for $28 is great value for the delicious assortment, plenty for 2 people, enough for 3 . Lamb burger and branzino to top off gotta go 5 stars all the way down.
If you like Beer the 961 Pale Ale is the bomb!

N
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Met friends near Grand Central and were delighted as usual. It was noisy but convivial and then the crowd thinned and we just kept enjoying ourselves!

G
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our lunch in a side room that I never knew existed. My client eats only vegetarian, but there were plenty of choices. I had the Adana which is always very good. The service was attentive. I will be back.

OT
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everyone should get the Turkish smoked lamb tacos and grilled haloumi cheese croquettes! Great wine selection - recommend going on Friday-Sunday and bottles of wine are 1/2 off. Great atmosphere

OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best happy hour! Great service and food was delicious. We opted for the tasting menu and were not disappointed and the food was plentiful. Great deal with half off bottles of wine which is unbelievable in Manhattan!! Will definitely be coming back and recommending to friends.

CW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pera has been a favorite for years and it’s consistently a great experience. That’s why I chose the restaurant for my retirement lunch!

AM
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

wanted to catch up with former work colleagues/friends, and 2 of the 4 couples commute to the burbs, so we made it convenient to work/trains.
Love their food, but the place was VERY noisy, and we could hardly hear ourselves. Then after about 7:30/8PM the place clears out due to many other commuters eating there and likely catching trains, or maybe theatre. But ironically as the place emptied out, the service slowed down!!! Not sure what that was about.
Have been to the Pera downtown, and it is very good food as well, and a much better dining experience overall, especially if you want to talk while you eat! So give that one a chance.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a nice restaurant but as part of the experience, they should be offering brewed loose Turkish leaf tea in their menu, not the tea bag.

MR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Food and service were very good. Noise level was deafening- unacceptable. I’m afraid I won’t be back because of that.

LP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely tasty, unusual, attractive, and well prepared food. Excellent, attentive service even though some of our group of six was very late in arriving. I have already recommended Pera Mediterranean Brasserie to friends. I particularly enjoy it on Sunday evenings when it is quiet and not too busy.

DS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We enjoyed the food and overall dining experience, but we ordered at three appetizers and two of them were absolutely tiny. The dates were almost nonexistent and the artichoke appetizer was shockingly different than anything we expected and also minimal. Very little for the price. The calamari, however was delicious and a reasonably generous portion. The entrées were all great and well-portioned. And the half-price bottle of wine was a great surprise.

Overall, I would return, but know what to order.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Delicious vegetarian options and fabulous grape leaf wrapped branzino. Pleasant atmosphere.

b
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food! Very tasty. We would come back for sure.

h
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good mezes, well prepared--we only sampled the vegetarian ones. Our only issue was that that some were over-salted (maybe very salty feta). Interesting wine list with moderately priced options. Attentive, prompt, friendly service. The ambiance is charming, modern, polished but comfortable, noise level permits normal conversation. Good for family or a date. We will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dining experience with family and friends.

KS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a great spot to meet people: location is excellent, right near Grand Central, setting is beautiful and spacious, and the meze to share is a wonderful way to generate conversation. I had a business dinner there and it was just right. If you have a large enough group, ask for the tables on the side, which are like a semi-private dining room. The mixed grill and eggplant are superb!

MS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pera is one of my favorite lunch spots with clients. The service is great and the food is always great as well.

JC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Branzino is great!

j
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent . We will definitely go again as soon as possible

M
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this Mediterranean restaurant on Madison and 41st.

I meet friends for dinner in Manhattan every other month or so and we try to stay within walking distance of Grand Central because we can all get home from there.

We went with the chef’s tasting menu. $58 per person. A LOT of food. Starting with homemade bread and pita chips, incredible warm hummus, eggplant dip, salads, delectable mini lamb tacos. And those are just the appetizers! The eggplant was particularly delicious and creamy. Thinking about it this morning, I wish I’d ordered a container to bring home for my family.

We barely made a dent in the platter of meats they brought for the main course: lamb, beef, chicken. Took a lot home. That was accompanied by tricolor roasted peppers, red onions and tomato salad. Dessert was a small (thank goodness!) piece of pistachio baklava.

The wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable. It was a nice quiet place, where we were able to easily converse for over 3 hours.

Noticed they also have a great happy hour special from 4 to 7. A drink or glass of wine in the lounge area, along with 2 mezze (small plates) for $18!

Will definitely return. It’s close enough to Broadway theaters to walk in nice weather.

B
New England
41 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We have gone here several times over the years. Food is always very good. This last time, the service was impersonal and rushed. I mean, really rushed. We were in and out of there in an hour after spending about $180 including the tip. I think they are used to dealing with theater goers. Anyway, it used to feel like a special occasion when we went there but this time it felt not so great. I don’t think we’ll be back any time soon- there are just too many alternatives at that price point.

RT
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance and food. Maybe slightly overpriced...

N
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a nice place with delicious food and for us it was ideal for celebrating our daughter's birthday--we took the train to Grand Central and walked a few blocks and she met us after work from a few blocks away. She is a vegetarian so there were lots of good choices and we tapped the waiter on the shoulder when she was in the bathroom and needing no further information they showed up with a cake, ice cream and a candle! PS it was very crowded and the noise level was somewhat high but I have been there when it is not.

NE
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My friend and I had a very enjoyable dinner at Pera. We each had a glass of wine. We then split a salad and an entree (Branzino wrapped in grape leaves). We also shared a delicious Turkish dessert. My friend had coffee; there was plenty of it so I had some, too. By splitting dishes we both were happily full but not stuffed, and were able to get out of there for no more than $70 each, including a decent tip. The staff was very amenable. The only disappointment was the coffee, which isn't quite up to the standard of the rest of the menu. That said, I would definitely go back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Not great tasting food

e
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered all small plates for the diversity. Delicious hot foods, lovely cold; great way to sample everything and find something for everyone.

GC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never been disappointed; the wait staff is excellent.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Seriously tasty.

S
Berkshire
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Perfectly fine but nothing special and rather pricey for what it is .

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