Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

4.3
1746 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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OT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I have been to Pera on a few occasions for lunch and dinner and always enjoy. Unfortunately I wasn’t impressed by my lunch choice this time around. Both my friend and I had the pera twist. I had the lamb and he had the chicken. The pera twist is a meat filled wrap with tomato. It left a lot to be desired due to lack of flavor and seasoning. The French fries were delicious as always.

I will come again however I wouldn’t recommend that dish.

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DS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pera never disappoints. I'm lucky in that it's located on the ground floor of the building where I work, but no matter who I bring there - friends or business associates - they love it! My latest visit was for a business lunch and my companion has added it to her list of NY restaurants for her next trip here.

We had a lovely server who patiently explained the specials and recommended some of her favorite dishes. We both went pretty simple with sharing an appetizer of stuffed grape leaves and then we both
had the black kale salad w/grilled salmon. Everything was beautifully prepared and delicious.

If I could, I'd do lunch at Pera every day!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Much too noisy--I felt i was in a locker room.

Not enough fish choices.

Very disappointing, especially for the price.

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ZI
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The food is average and very expensive. $45 per person for a salad with chicken is way too expensive.

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DA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

One of my favorite NYC restaurants. Great food, great atmosphere. This one time only, the service (the waitress) was slow and not as attentive as times in the past.

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AN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Great choices and fantastic flavor. The room is comfortable and decor is beautiful.

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SE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good service, delicious food, nice ambiance
I wish rakı was also served...

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LK
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Six of us for dinner seated in an alcove so we felt cozy but still a part of the lively scene. Two of us had the restaurant week menu which was great: lentil soup and dip sampler, salmon and meat duo, baklava and rice pudding all nicely prepared. Lamb chops, lamb shank, salad also got high marks. Definitely coming back and it’s so conveniently located near Grand Central Station!

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m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We were there for lunch on busy workday - greeted nicely by front house staff but waitress did not have good insight on food when we asked for recommendations. our starter trio of dips were delicious & better than our entree salads - would not rush back.

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TK
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I met friend at Pera for restaurant week. I've been there before and was disappointed this time around. Service was good, but a bit slow. Pera was busy and as a result I think the attention to detail was lacking. I ordered a glass of wine and lamb burger. My wine glass had streaks from the dishwasher which the waiter failed to notice until I asked for new glass. I asked for lamb burger to be cooked medium and it was well done. This experience was not as good as my prior time at Pera.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great menu for restaurant week! We had a nice dining alcove which was so cozy!

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SS
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed the food and the vibe of Pera. Service was outstanding. The only miss was that the roasted Brussels sprouts were soggy. It must be just a one off situation.
We will definitely return.

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CM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great, our waiter was wonderful and we enjoyed every minute of our evening. The food was excellent from the appetizers to my vegetarian entrée that was very inventive. At our table was also salmon and beef, all were excellent. My husband ordered the restaurant week special with the wine pairing and enjoyed it very much! We will definitely return!

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DH
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food and decent value but at lunch they seemed overwhelmed

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Pera is going downhill fast. I am a regular at the restaurant (eat there once every two-three weeks or so) . Each time I arrive its like I am its the first time. Staff has always been a little aloof (but its NYC so i let it go), now they are just rude.

I got seated in the back room which is like Siberia--service is horrific. Food came out at different times and the waiter was so indifferent to the customers needs it was pathetic. Its not like there is a dearth of other opportunities for fine dining midtown--and I will not return for a long time. Its a shame because the food is pretty good.

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J
Baltimore
52 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mediterranean food I’ve ever had. I had vegetarian dishes. So interesting and delicious. My friend had their lamb special it also was fabulous. I highly recommend Pera! In addition, the nine we were there, all bottles of wine were half price! Marvelous food, excellent time, can’t wait to go back!!!

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IM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, good atmosphere good to go after the "work" rush gets quiet food is great!

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LH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Located steps from Grand Central, this Mediterranean restaurant offers traditional fare updated for NYC. Lamb figures prominently and is done very well. The staff has a good sense of when to step in and when to step back. This is a good spot for a business lunch.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect experience, cozy, exquisite and private

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NY
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pera is reliably excellent, both in service and cuisine.

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KT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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

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P
Philadelphia
97 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
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
107 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
8 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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