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1407 Second Avenue, New York City, NY 10021-3311 (Manhattan)
(212) 535-1100
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Ranked #1,054 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $31 - $40
Sun - Thu 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Cuisines: African, Middle Eastern, Persian
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: bet 73rd & 74th Streets
Description: Persepolis Is a Persian/ Mediterranean restaurant with a dynamic atmosphere and 20 years of experience! We are located in the Upper East Side on 2nd Avenue & 73rd Street. Our chef San Sethachutkul’s goal is to serve the finest Persian Feast and the best ingredients available from local markets & Persian imports. We prepare a simple yet creative menu that highlights those ingredients. The restaurant is famous for verity of kebabs and refreshing salads and gently spiced grilled meats. The yogurt and cucumber blended with a little mint is made exceedingly well and is an ideal cool compliment to Persepolis’ rounds of Pita & Barbari bread. Our kebabs which include moist and delicious salmon or saffron chicken are served without heavy sauces. Instead they are served with a choice of four rices including an intriguing blend of Basmati rice and marinated sour cherries. Our personalized wine list truly compliments our cuisine. We also offer a full classic bar. We look forward to seeing you!
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Staying with my half-Iranian friend in New York, he brought me here as it's "[his] favourite Iranian restaurant", and I wasn't disappointed. The lamb was absolutely delicious and the staff and the atmosphere were good too. Would definitely recommend if you are in the Upper East Side.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I have never been in a Persian Restaurant and yes, I have been in many lebanese restaurants around the World. The restaurant is in 2nd Avenue which is not a nice location however the restaurant is well put. Service is attentive with the owner on top of it. The wine list is short but comprehensive. I ordered a half botle... More

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New York City, New York
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464 reviews 464 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

Persepolis is one of the only authentic Persian restaurants in NYC. They menu offers every important Persian dish including kebab and the stews. The appetizers are delicious too. They offer various vegetarian options and a great fish kebab. Don't forget to order "tahdig" as a side, the famous bottom of the pot, crusty Persisn Rice.

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Durham, North Carolina
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Based on Trip Advisor reviews we made a reservation. We had a delightful experience, trying appetizers of three kinds of yogurt and three kinds of salads. All were fresh and different tasting. Our entrees included vegetable stew, lemon chicken, saffron chicken and lamb combination. All were excellent and we would happily order them again. We tried three of the different... More

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Rochester, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

While better than other Persian restaurants that we have been to in NYC, don't expect to find the flavors of true Persian food. The menu has traditional Persian meals, but the flavor is not there. The white rice is excellent, however the traditional chicken kabob did not have much flavor at all. Drinks are fine, Service was great - just... More

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Hyde Park, New York
19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Impeccable service and a wide variety of Persian food is offered either as in restaurant or take out dining. The tasty rice combination offered are some of the best in the city. Desserts can be a treat as well. This is Persian food at it's best and not too expensive.

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New York City, New York
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111 reviews 111 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

...to dine at this warm and friendly Persian restaurant with very attentive and friendly servers and a variety of menu selections that never disappoints. The vodka martini was excellent and the reasonably priced Malbec we selected also excellent. The eight different items on their appetizer sampler were exceptionally good along with a standard pita bread and their own warm pita-like... More

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148 reviews 148 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon we decided to stroll through Manhattan and wanted to spend a little time at the Frick Museum but wanted to have a nice lunch beforehand. This restaurant seemed to fit the bill. We were delighted to find they have a two course prix fixe with wonderful options for $17.00, and were even more delighted with... More

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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

Food was delicious and service was excellent. A must do! The lamb was one of the best dishes I've tried!

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New Hampshire
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111 reviews 111 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

Second Avenue is a mess right now because of the subway construction, but this small, sidewalk restaurant is worth the visit. Nice setting; great service. My Persian friend in California says this is the best Persian restaurant in NY. The eggplant dishes are great, the orange scented rice is something special.

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