Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

4.3
1726 reviews
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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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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM
Mon - Fri 2:00PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 5:30PM 8:30PM - 9:30PM
Sat 5:00PM - 6:00PM

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KT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Apps were quick to come out but entrees took a long time.

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P
Philadelphia
96 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our group shared a number of small plates and they were good. The entrees, however, weren’t ideal. I ordered baby lamb chops and they were dry and quite fatty. Service was good. Wines were costly.

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AH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Met a friend for dinner on a Wednesday night. The bar was packed. The dining room was full. The experience though, was just ok. Nothing remarkable about this place. Service was fine. Food was ok. Definitely not a destination, but if you are in the neighborhood and looking for a Mediterranean place, Pera is not bad .

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, excellent food, and 1 block from grand central, perfect!

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m
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

We had a very nice lunch, but the waiter failed to tell us they were out of a particular appetizer we asked for. He also failed to bag up the half of my lunch that I asked to bring home. But, these things happen, especially when it's very busy and I'll definitely be back.

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LK
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

The Hostess was dressed like she was working at the Gap, the restaurant is priced and advertised as fine dining but to walk into a restaurant and see the person to seats us at the table wearing jeans and a t-shirt doesn't make me fee like I am at a fine dining restaurant.
That being said, the wait staff is kind, respectful and professional, but the main course (the grill meat platter, was not hot, was room temperature, the lamb were almost raw and the chicken was over cooked . But the appetizers (grilled octopus and shrimp) were amazing.
I wouldn't recommend to come here for their dinner, but maybe for a drink and their apps and friendly wait staff.

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B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

Went for business lunch. I had asked for a reasonably private table when I booked. Tables for two are quite small and very close to one another, so it is not good for business conversations. Meanwhile, they had given several tables of four to just two people. While there were several other free tables for four, the hostess would not do the same for us. It turned out no groups of four came, while the occupied ones left soon thereafter and we ended up in the bar area.

Our waiter was attentive and gave good service and the food was also good, though portions are on the small side. I would have to think twice before booking business lunches.

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IB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mediterranean food I've had in NYC and I'm a local. Lots of vegetarian choices, which I happen to be, as well as meat/fish dishes for all the other people I was with. Amazing array of small dishes and the fresh pita bread with this dip that is amazing, I could live on that alone. Cannot recommend it enough, very much looking forward to going back soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christmas Eve

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JP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Pera has a good happy hour, which I've been to about 5 times (lasts for about 3 hours, until 8ish). This particular night we dined there for dinner, and we were able to make a last minute reservation. I can't remember the name of their platter, but that is a great choice if you have up to 4 people. It's like tapas on a platter, with about 12 choices of things! AWESOME for $28.00!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was fine and the food was mediocre.

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p
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our server was inattentive and slow. She didn’t come by after we finished our bottle of wine and she only offered one side of the table coffee or dessert. Our table for a group of 7 was enormous — too big to really converse with anyone other than those immediately adjacent. The food was fine — nothing special, but acceptable.

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CT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I've eaten at Pera several times over the years, but have never been "Wowed" by the cuisine. I love greek and middle eastern food, so it's surprising that the menu isn't my favorite. The location is great and the atmosphere is nice, so I decided to go there again with a client. Again, I didn't order right. I got the Lamb Andana, a "signature" dish... anyway, I would not recommend it. It is basically a long piece of ground lamb (an oblong burger) laid over flat pita- type bread. And that's it -- for $27. I was quite surprised that this was the meal. There were some diced onions and tomatoes served on a side dish, but they didn't look appetizing. So, I ordered a side salad (for $5) ... considering this now made the meal $32, it was not terrific. A NYC cart gyro is better than this was. Can't believe it is a signature dish. My colleagues seemed to like their salads and I would get a salad next time. The trio of Pera dips were also ordered as an appetizer -- again, underwhelming. I would not get these again. The hummus was the only good thing. The smoked eggplant had a white chicken salad consistency which was not to my liking.

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J
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, good service, bad table.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Too loud. Food was average

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O
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My go-to place near grand central

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RS
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a favorite in the Grand Central Midtown area. Best in class Mediterranean cuisine, great cocktails and wine list. Service always on point. An amazing discovery there was 1/2 priced bottles of wine on the weekend. I highly recommend Pera, especially on weekends, when it is a little less crowded.

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R
New England
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We were seated right away, but sat with menus for 30 minutes before inquiring of the manager if there was a waiter assigned to our table. Turns out there was (no apologies offered), but he pretty much ignored the most senior person at our table (offered the 22 yr old the chance to approve the wine that his grandfather had ordered). Dessert and coffee took about 20 minutes to arrive, and no one came by to offer coffee refills. The person who removed our plates between courses did so in the loudest, most obtrusive way possible, including stacking the plates at the table. The menu didn't clearly indicate that there were no vegetables/sides at all with the entrees, so be warned that you have to order any sides separately.

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J
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Server was very curt and not helpful with the menu. Very long time between appetizers and main course. Food was very good

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Came here for a business lunch and was underwhelmed. The place is nice and busy with good energy, but the food wasn't terrific (not all menu items included in the dish, overcooked fish with soggy skin) especially for the price. There are better options in the neighborhood.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

extremely loud and busy

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JL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Excellent....again. Love the lamb adana and the calamari. Octopus as well.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Dreadful servicr

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LD
New England
44 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Simply amazing. I hosted some friends from Switzerland and they were blown away by the food.

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o
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Went after theatre. Wine was half price bonus. Well presented plates. Doting service.

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BB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, particularly appetizers and dessert. Only negative comment was the vanilla sweet potatoes.
I always have a positive experience at Pera.
Would recommend highly.

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e
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and ambiance, especially for out of town guests who don't have menu options like Pera at restaurants where they live. The quality of the food is consistently good.

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LS
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice for a group dinner. Relaxed and lovely, nice service, good food.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the Best Mediterranean Restaurants in New York City, and located in a good location.

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a
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

fine food, attentive service, comfortable setting,

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JK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

bright atmosphere - knowledgeable servers, good food

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MR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!
The best lamb burgers!

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MM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing Mediterranean food and impeccable service as always!

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t
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was what we expected.
A variety of the Mediterranean.
Greek,Turkish,Portuguese and more.
Our table was available upon arriving and seated then greeted by our server who was excellent.

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Food was undercooked this time after a loooong wait :(

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A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Hostess needs help Very unwelcoming Was rude to all3 of us who arrived separately. Other than that, great place.

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b
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Way overpriced. Main course dinner had 5 little pieces of dried out tuna wrapped in a uncooked grape leaves. Very disappointing.

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AK
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Pricey and loud, food is average. Don’t go if you want to have a conversation with guests.

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed my meal will return nice menu selection

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