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Periyali

Periyali, 35 W. 20th St., New York

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Periyali
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Average Price: $31 to $50
Cuisine: Greek
Dress Code: Casual Dress
v 2.4 miles from New York City center (as shown on map)
A cool Mediterranean retreat from the city's chaos, with fabric-swathed ceilings and pristine white furnishings. Even on a hectic night, service is calm and competent, and the professional couples at most of the tables seem to be speaking in peaceful whispers. The kitchen offers scintillating versions of hearty, refreshing Greek favorites. Souvlaki is charcoal-grilled and up scaled with filet mignon to produce an impressively tender, succulent result. Wine-marinated octopus legs are also charcoal-grilled, resulting in astounding flavor and not a hint of rubberness. Classics like garlicky skordalia, fava beans, sauteed chicken livers over lentils, and spanakopita are all best-of-breed versions, the latter prepared as a platter of bite-sized pies. A sizeable portion of moussaka, consisting of layers of juicy ground lamb and eggplant, tied together by a superlative béchamel. For dessert, the array of delicate pastries and the deeply creamy rice pudding are excellent without exception.

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Periyali is #1035 of 13603 things to do in New York City

5 of 5 stars5 out of 5
By: Northern_Traveler00, Boston, Massachusetts
Sun 7 Nov, 2021
l We enjoyed their heated outdoor seating last night. Great service. Started with the charred octopus app that we shared. Very big portion! She loved the whole branzino, I splurged on the (3) lamb...

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5 of 5 stars5 out of 5
By: doug100worth, Palm Beach, Florida
Wed 4 Aug, 2021
l Periyali has been our "go to" Greek restaurant for the last 30 years. Last night we had an assortment of appetizers including giant beans and a hummes type dish. I had lamb chops. No surprise here as...

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5 of 5 stars5 out of 5
By: NikaJunie, Jersey City, New Jersey
Mon 24 May, 2021
l This elegant, traditional, white table cloth Greek restaurant has, fortunately, survived Covid-19, although on Easter Sunday, when I last visited, it was, to say the least, not crowded. My party came...

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Periyali 35 W. 20th St., New York