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Perilla

9 Jones St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. 4th St.
212-929-6868

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 9
Service: 8
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

85% would go back.

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A Perennial Favorite

By gsewake on 6/22/2012

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

My husband and I eat at fine restaurants in NY frequently, including the top rated and most expensive. We always come back to Perilla, and honestly it's never left my top-5 list for favorite dining spots in the city. Compared to whats out there, the fact that this restaurant is so affordable puts the others to shame! I particularly recommend the chefs tasting for diner, which at $80 is a steal. From this tasting menu have come two of my favorite dishes ever. EVER. Fluke tartar, with cardamom sauce and pistachios, and a to die for (yeah it's predictable, but so what?) chocolate and espresso souffle. The wines always pair well, and the staff are very helpful in this regard. Actually, all of the staff we've interacted with were approachable, knowledgeable, funny, and helpful. I went for brunch only once and was a bit disappointed... everything was good, but it was just a typical brunch experience; nothing special. Of course, the donuts are delicious. I can't let that detract from the 10 rating though! Seriously, go make a dinner reservation now!

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35 out of 70 people found this review helpful.

Great Brunch

By KevinShannon on 4/19/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Very good experience both times I have gone to this place. I always end up going for a late brunch and I'm never disappointed. The staff is pretty friendly and attentive and seem to know their stuff. The spicy duck burger is my absolute favorite and I definitely suggest it.

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65 out of 138 people found this review helpful.

Yet to discover the dinner menu

By das592 on 3/14/2011

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 4
  • Yes, I would go back!

Had a Saturday brunch at Perilla. We were a party of five, who called to make a reservation only an hour before stepping in, and got it immediately. The brunch menu didn't have a wide array of possibilities. The drinks menu, however, looked acceptable as it had good choices and was sufficiently extensive. Two of us had the spicy duck burguer. It was delicious. Perhaps one of the best burguers I had in NYC. The other three persons had the prime Corned Beef Hash & Eggs. Nothing special about it, and comparable to any breakfast served in one of these joints at Penn Station. The waiter was very attentive, nice and patient. Not a fashionable restaurant, but cozy and intimate. Overall, I'm eager to go back for dinner!

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78 out of 148 people found this review helpful.

A Foodie's Delight

By jlj29 on 1/22/2011

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

One of the best meals I've had this year, and that includes Bouley's. Our table of 4 was filled with ooh's and aah's when the manu arrived. Incredible variety, gorgeous, elegant use of seasonal fare, meats cooked to absolute perfection. You know you have a loving, intelligent chef when the sides are as delightful as the mains. And not a bad wine on the list. You will not regret it. Oh, and the service you are getting will be 5-star, while you will only pay for 3-star. Stop reading and go make your reservation.

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70 out of 141 people found this review helpful.

Outstanding Every Time!

By foodie007 on 11/11/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

The review below entitled, "Very Disappointing," clearly doesn't know food. I have eaten at Perilla many, many times. I have ALWAYS had superb food and service. The staff is educated and helpful without being overzealous. The sign of great service is getting everything you need without having to ask for it. Perilla consistently fits that bill. The food is in a league of its own. Chef Harold shows passion and creativity with a love culinary art. The food is mouth-watering, beautiful and satisfying every time. I wish other restaurants in this city took their menu this seriously. Some of my favorites are the risotto, rib-eye steak for two, calamari salad and hamachi. Plus, there's always something new on the menu each time I visit. Perilla has spoiled me and set the bar very high for dining out. I always look forward to meals at Perilla. It is one of my all-time favorite restaurants. Highly recommended from this foodie.

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79 out of 159 people found this review helpful.

Overpriced

By noonenowhere on 11/24/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Fish was too salty, no bread was served to us (while everyone else had theirs right after they were seated), mediocre dessert, not worth the price.

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123 out of 262 people found this review helpful.

A gem

By Alli_nyc on 9/7/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

An absolute gem that ranks in my top 5. A knowledgeable and personable staff, and food cooked to perfection. A great place for a group and a special night out, as it is just the right volume, has good lighting, is spacious, and the appetizers are good for sharing. It's dressy, with modern, sleek decor and higher ceilings, and it's (thankfully) not too crazy, dark, loud or crowded. They master a classy, subdued and pleasant feel throughout the restaurant, while maintaining an all important intimateness in a larger (than I'm used to) space... Get the creamy corn and tomato+basil+cheese dishes if they're on the menu. Oh and the big steak (for two). The fish are amazing too. You will be pleased.

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129 out of 271 people found this review helpful.

I expected more, but not bad overall

By mky84 on 3/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

The duck meatball appetizer was very good. The duck entree was also pretty good. The apple bread pudding was decent. A couple things that separate this restaurant from some of the better ones: (1) Putting tablecloths on the tables would make the environment a little classier. (2) The service was slow in between the appetizer and entree. Great restaurants time everything perfectly. Kudos to Chef Harold, I think this place will be great in a few years.

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137 out of 266 people found this review helpful.

Great food...not a great value

By rpcvhaiti on 12/19/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

Perilla opened up across the street from me a little over a year ago. I've been several times and each time have been delighted by the food (except for one single brunch which was just OK). The bad news: the decor makes it a bit noisy, the portions are small, and the bill is always 10-20% higher than it should be for what you're getting. It's not quite a neighborhood place (at least for me b/c of the cost...maybe I need a raise), but it's also doesn't quite warrant being a special night out place (decor plays into this in large part). To be clear, I've been several times and will go several more and enjoy each visit. One suggestion on a budget. Eat at the bar, skip the apps, have an entree and a glass of wine and you'll never be disappointed.

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110 out of 216 people found this review helpful.

So happy to have found this wonderful resturant

By mozzer0906 on 11/23/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was nothing short of thrilled with the entire experience at Perilla. The food was outstanding. We had the duck meatballs and the scallops as our appetizers and they were wonderfully prepared and left us arguing over who was going to get the last bite! For our entrees we had the hanger steak and the sea bass special and both were also very well prepared. Our waiter was very friendly, extremely attentive and had fantastic suggestions for wine pairings with our food. We found the atmosphere of the restaurant to be exciting and fun, the waiters seemed to enjoy their job and the manager was extremely vigilant and attentive. Our kudos go to chef Harold for a meal extremely well prepared from the first bite to the last.

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