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“Memorable food and old world attentive service” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Periyali

Periyali
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Ranked #1,258 of 13,478 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Flatiron District
Cross street: Between 5th & 6th Ave
Transit: 1,F,V,N,R,4,6 trains
Description: A fine dining restaurant in NYC, Periyali showcases elegant Greek cuisine and authentic specialities. Exotic cocktails, Greek wine and Greek spirits feature on the tempting drinks list. Renowned as one of the most famous Greek restaurants in Manhattan, Periyali redefines Greek cuisine with signature dishes like pan fried calf's liver, red wine marinated octopus or stewed rabbit.
seattle
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207 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Memorable food and old world attentive service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

I ate here alone and early before the theatre. My waiter was excellent with his suggestions about dishes they are particularly known for, and paced the meal perfectly. The octopus appetizer was large, hot and very tender, with a tasty light sauce. Highly recommended, best I have ever eaten. The large Greek salad reminded me of those i ate in Greece in early fall, with flavorful tomatoes leading the way. The grilled bass was fresh, perfectly cooked, piping hot all the way through and distinctly smokey from the grill, but not the least dry on the outside or translucent in the middle. I received a second vegetable in place of potato. The Greek wines offered by the glass were well chosen. I thought it was a perfect meal, and left feeling like I'd struck gold.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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New York City, New York
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35 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“after 25 years it's still among the best.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

We were in New York for a few weeks and could not resist spending an evening at one of our all time favorites. We have dined at Periyali dozens of times over the years and it never disappoints. The menu is a classic with all of our favorites and there are few places as pretty and as charming than this little gem. It does not serve a purpose to cite the dishes as all of them are good. The wines are reasonable and the service is usually very good. The manager at the front is a little crude and unpolished but he was more than made up for by the gorgeous bartender who hails from Ethiopia and was a sweet as can be. Speaking of sweet, the baklava is mandatory! you cannot go wrong here.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank howard s
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Livingston, New Jersey
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57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great food and atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is my favorite place to eat in Manhattan. The food is always great, Staff is friendly and on top of everything. Not cheap but you get what you pay for. Best Octopus you will eat in the US. Try the halloumi cheese as well.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jfbgianni
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New York City, New York
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119 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
“If you want great food, Periyali is a must!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 18, 2014

We started with the Keftedakia Saltsa (meatballs) appetizer, very good and generous portion (we shared). Next we had the Solomos Exohiko (salmon) and I had the trout special, both excellent and both generous portions. Last but certainly not least the desserts – a MUST HAVE here!! Moist, flavorful, out of this world good…we each got a different one and shared. Wines are very good and so is the service. Lovely restaurant and centrally located in Flatiron. Make your reservation now!!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Vol D
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New York City, New York
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great Greek”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Have been at least 4 times in the last 6 months. The only complaint is I am not so fond of the chairs but the food is Fantastic and the service is solid. Beet Salad is fab and ask for the Greek Salad chopped the octopus grilled is great. The fish dishes are stars and yesterday I had the branzino. Good solid wine list. This is a restaurant that you will find yourself coming back to.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank brooklinerob
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