Pera Mediterranean Brasserie

4.4
1644 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Mediterranean
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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 loung until 8pm 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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Turkish, Greek
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Our popular Cocktails & Mezes Happy Hour is offered at the bar and lounge (no reservations) until 8pm daily. Large groups (8+ persons) may make arrangements via events@peranyc.com or 212-878-6306.

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 large groups and private events. Please email events@peranyc.com.
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Phone number
(212) 878-6301
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Sezai Celikbas
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Catering
Fine gourmet catering and chef-for-hire catering is available to your venue of choice.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
41st and 42nd
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Parking details
Free street parking is available on Madison Avenue and all side streets after 7PM Monday - Saturday and all day on Sunday. Parking garages are available throughout the neighborhood, with the closest ones being on 41st Street between Park and Lexington Avenues and 39th Street between Park and Madison Avenues.
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Public transit
The 4, 5, 6, 7 and S Subway Trains stop at 42nd Street. The M1, M2, M3, M4, M42 and M104 buses stop at East 42nd Street and Madison Avenue.
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Special events & promotions
Large groups, private dining, special events, catering and delivery services are available.

Please contact us via email to events@peranyc.com, by visiting www.peraeventscatering.com or by calling 212-878-6306.
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Located in the heart of Midtown, just steps away from Grand Central Terminal, Pera offers an array of on-premise private dining options ranging from formal to casual get togethers and whether it be a corporate event or a celebration with friends and family.

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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

What 1644 People Are Saying
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3.9
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

So glad I found this restaurant!! Absolute delicious and inspired menu. Nice and accommodating staff. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was excellent with a wide variety of options. Noise level was very high, so possibly not the best location if you need to have a lot of conversation.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Good food at a reasonable price; a little noisy but still comfortable

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

I took me several minutes of standing at the entrance podium for anyone to greet me, and then after being seated it took over ten minutes to nudge anyone to take our order. The restaurant was so noisy (1:15PM) that it was almost impossible to have a conversation with my guest. Food was OK but not very good or interesting. Obtaining the check was another adventure.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Anniversaire

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

The food is off the charts. The floor can get quite loud but the meal was exceptional.

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4.0Dined on June 7, 2018

Reliable food and service. Stuffed grape leaves becoming ordinary, but lamb taco a top choice for appetizers. Chicken main dish better than on previous visits, with thin slices doubled over and grilled, then taken off skewer to make a nice presentation with salad. Lamb chops always done just right. Wine choices adequate, some interesting non-routine selections.

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2.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Not worth it; the bulgur pilaf and rice were OK but everything else -- the lamb kebab, artichoke+pea puree appetizer, starter bread --were all disappointing

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3.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Sad evening, slow service and sad looking waiting staff and very inattentive. Lunch ambiance was much better.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Close to Grand central station - a very convenient business lunch spot. Business dinners as well. Interesting Greek/Mediterranean menu and reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Food was extremely delish [salad with grilled chicken] and the wait service was very attentive. Only thing that struck me odd was that despite reservations that indicated it was a business meeting they sat us next to the smokey grill. The lady that sat us was hesitant on seating us elsewhere, even though one of our party pointed out an available table. Facial expression showed annoyance. Never had that happen before ...

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3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Took a long time to get the waiter to initially come over to us. When the server brought the food, I asked for some fresh pepper; the server said yes and walked to get it, and them I never saw them again.

Food was very good though.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

We were in town for a work meeting. Pera was recommended to us by a local. I had beef and lamb shashlik and it was perfect. Not only were the spices excellent, the meat was tender and the fries were tasty. Our table shared sautéed spinach and mushrooms. Both sides had great flavor. The sautéed spinach had a lot of garlic and some pine nuts, which was perfect for our group.

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3.0Dined on May 23, 2018

Midtown is probably my least favorite neighborhood for dining out. Unless I am going to Le Bernardin (or other Michelin rated restaurants) but that would not be a dinner I would be paying for - it would be a business expense or a special occasion dinner.
Food is good at Pera Mediterranean Brasserie. Service is even better - servers are friendly with great suggestions. All around a nice experience but nothing out of this world. It is a safe bet if you need a restaurant near Grand Central Station. If location/being around Grand Central is not a priority, I would suggest visiting their sister restaurant, Pera Soho.

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4.0Dined on May 22, 2018

This was my second time and Pera, and I would return for a third. It's very hard to find a place in Midtown that is good and reasonably priced, Pera is one if the few. The dips and chicken main dish, in particular, were very tasty. Service was fine. I wouldn't go out of my way to eat at Pera, but if you need to eat in the neighborhood, it's a great choice.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Very nice decor, mediocre food, service pushy to consume sparkling water at 8$ a bottle , very bad wine selection...the Rose from Provence was subpar.... thankfully, 50% off on Friday night....defensive waitress ..expensive for thr quality. will probably not go back. There are sp many Mediterranean restaurants so much better like Avra

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We are never disappointed with Pera. The food is delicious and service is attentive. The midtown location is perfect for meeting up with friends and family who are visiting or need a centrally located restaurant.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Always a good meal and good overall experience. Service was a bit slow and lacking this time, but has never been in the past. Will continue to go back!

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

I have been to Pera several times, as it is convenient to GCT and because I like Mediterranean cuisine. Every friend that I have brought there has liked it very much. I have to say that the service was above excellent the other day, when all the Metro North trains were stuck on the tracks for an hour due to tornado warnings. I called the restaurant and explained that my husband and I did not know when we would be able to make it to the restaurant as the railroad itself did not know when the trains would start running, but to hold my reservation. I also told them to please let the friends I had invited know that we were going to be late. My friends arrived and the staff did inform them that we would be late, and my friends said they were treated very, very well. It says a lot when a busy restaurant can pass on a message and honor a reservation, even under very unusual circumstances. Thank you, Pera!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

This restaurant is in the noisy heart of midtown, but is relaxed and lovely on the weekends. The weekend dinner specials are bargains, and the crowd has gone elsewhere, so there is time to enjoy the food and drink properly while conversing with your dinner companions at a civilized volume.

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Service was excellent - appetizers were excellent but the Mother’s Day entrees were just ok. The lamb burger was terrible but the chicken was very good. Other than the misfire on the entrées, everything else was great for a wonderful Mother’s Day celebration.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Great food and special menu was perfect for a large group. Staff were very accommodating in finding us a larger table after our group unexpectedly grew from 6 to 9 people. Not cheap, but worth the price.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Excellent food. Beautiful decor, but lighting is so dim that it’s very hard to read the menu.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I have eaten here many times and the food is always good and the service is up to par. A bonus was 1/2 price bottles of wine on Friday nights.

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2.0Dined on May 11, 2018

I like Mediterranean cuisine that's why I took my mother there. But I have to say compared to other Mediterranean restaurants I've been to, the food at Pera is mediocre at best. The service is ok and the location is close to grand central station. That's about it. I actually wish I took my mother somewhere else.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great restaurant and calming environment for a business lunch. The food is delicious and restaurant has an upscale refined ambiance that’s both modern and classic. Very enjoyable and marvelous place for a business lunch.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

3birthdays

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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

great greek food very comfortable place nice staff good for a chat with an old friend or an assignation Everything was very fresh

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5.0Dined on May 3, 2018

As usual excelente. Eder time we come to NY we like to eat at Pera

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

The chicken kabobs are delicious and the happy hour is a great value because the wine and food options are very good.

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2018

Great food .... service staff needs better training

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4.0Dined on April 30, 2018

Arranged to meet up with friends here as I discovered it several years ago. I have lived in Turkey for 5 years in the 70s and the late 90s and cook all of the Turkish cuisine. So, I am particular about my Turkish food especially the mezes. Everything was up to snuff except the mucvet which was done as a deep fried ball like arancini. I prefer mine as fritters.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Fabulous wines and short ribs. Great deal on wines by the bottle

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Excellent food - particularly the Chicken Shashlik. Our server was absent most of the time which made the dining experience very long and less pleasant. On multiple occasions, we had to ask for service from other waiters, busboys and even the maitre'd. For the cost, I would expect better (any) attention.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Excellent Mediterranean food. Beer/wine only but 1/2 priced bottles of wine (at least on Sunday nights)

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

We really Pera! From the great appetizers to the salad and then the delicious baby lamb chops! We will definitely be back:)

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4.0Dined on April 18, 2018

This is my go-to lunch spot in my work neighborhood. Although it's always very busy, the service is always attentive and the food always impresses my dining companions. I've never been disappointed yet! I just wish the acoustics were better as it is hard to have a conversation at lunch.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

The food was delicious. The staff was attentive and cheerful. The noise level was too loud, difficult to converse.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

I entered Pera through the dark, opaque doors hoping I chose the right door (there are two sets and with them being opaque I couldn’t tell if I was in the right place and if, in fact, the place was open.) Once inside the host was welcoming and friendly and I sat immediately. Waiting on a friend, I was offered a drink quickly but declined. The waiter was friendly, and my friend and I never felt rushed; we took full advantage (lol!) as we haven’t seen each other in years. I chose a wine from their varied list (Greek! Italian! Spanish! South American! Your choice!) but they didn’t have the one from France I had selected. Went with a Pinot from willamette valley which was good. It took far too long for the wine to arrive (a pet peeve of mine; get the wine flowing, people!). I had a delish salad with shrimp (lots of nice salad options) and my friend had the bronzino. Had a side of spinach was really flavorful. We didn’t have dessert. We sat and lingered and no one rushed us out. Really a lovely dining experience, albeit a bit snug as we were at a two top and the two next to us was very close. Would go back. Seemed like there was a lively bar scene earlier on, but the place was quiet by the time we left (1030pm). Seems it’s a nice option for drinks straight from work, as it’s midtown and close to grand central.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Food was flavorful, creative and fresh. Service was odd: at both our table and the next one main courses came out while appetizers were still only half eaten -- and no, we are not slow eaters. I might be wooed, cajoled, bribed into understanding that if the restaurant was packed and waiters eager to turn tables (still: ugh), but the place was 2/3 empty. This, and the partial clearing of plates while some guests are still eating, leaving them uncomfortable, seem to have become ubiquitous. Come on management, proper training please!!

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