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9 Jones St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. 4th St.
A Perennial Favorite
By gsewake on 6/22/2012
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!
A Foodie's Delight
By jlj29 on 1/22/2011
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.
Outstanding Every Time!
By foodie007 on 11/11/2010
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.
By Alli_nyc on 9/7/2009
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.
A must try of Greenwich Village
By CupcakeChef on 2/10/2008
After trying to get a reservation for the Saturday night I was told that nothing was open. My boyfriend decided to try and walk in, and amazingly they accomadated. We started at the bar and had some nice wine, which was pretty reasonably priced. We were seated at the back of the resturant, near the kitchen, which was surprisingly not bad. Our waitress was wonderful and very attentive. We both had amazing meals, I had the Guinea Hen, while my boyfriend had the hanger steak. The real reason I went was to try the desserts, and I was not dissappointed. I highly reccomend the frozen milk chocolate mousse. Our waitress explained that the pastry chef based it off of a smore.. It brought back memories from my childhood.. My recommendation - Go to Perilla!!!
By jayjay33 on 6/13/2007
There's a reason he won Top Chef. But whether you're a fan of the show or don't even have cable tv, you'd have to appreciate the magificient, perfectly-prepared cuisine at Harold Dietrele's new Perilla restaurant downtown. The wine list was not too extravagant, but very solid, as was the fine selection of rare, imported beers, both bottled and on tap. I started with the duck meatballs, which were amazing, and the hanger steak I had as an entree was the most flavorful steak I've had in a long time. The warm chocolate cake with lime ice cream for desert was blissful. Perilla could use some better decoration. Many of the walls were pretty bare. I also would have liked it if Harold had gone around to greet everyone briefly instead of just focusing on people that he knew at one table, considering he is a main attraction to the restaurant. But in reality, he shouldn't be, as the food on its own was amazing enough that I'd come back any day of the week, even if Harold never showed his face. This place is a real winner.
So happy to have found this wonderful resturant
By mozzer0906 on 11/23/2008
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.
Perilla: Brunch with a Twist
By SocialistaNYC on 9/28/2008
Tucked discreetly into a side street off of West 4th Street, this charming neighborhoody restaurant had one of the most interesting brunch menus I've come across! I'm surprised that nymag hasn't uploaded one up on this listing. Perilla offers a balanced combination of traditional and inventive brunch dishes. I ordered the Creamy White Grits with rock shrimp, tasso ham, pepper, and--get this--a deep-fried egg! Basically, it's a soft-boiled egg rolled in buttered bread crumbs and fried to form a crunchy browned crust. When the egg is split in half, its golden-honey yolk gently permeates the dish. Heavenly! Luckily, I had a late brunch so this dish was satisfying and not too heavy--although, I have to admit, I skipped dinner! What a great little nook for brunch. I would definitely return to try the Celery Seed-Crusted Oysters and the Blueberry & Buckwheat Pancakes with sweet marscapone butter and vanilla bourbon maple syrup! I do wish that in addition to the Duck Burger they offer the regular classic traditional kind too.
The Real Deal
By ingo212 on 3/19/2008
Perilla was fantastic. The food--AMAZING, easily a 10. Very understated in terms of decor, so not very romantic & definitely not for kids. Just a cool, relaxing place to enjoy a fabulous meal & chill w/friends. Seriously--the best meal I've had in the first 3 mos of this year. We went to Megu on Saturday, & everyone agreed that Perilla was a MUCH better dining expreience w/o the hefty price tag. I cannot recommend it enough--I'm ready to advertise for this guy. The meatballs & sardines were heaven, the pork loin and cuttle fish were amazing, and that risotto...oh my god. The velvet cake was light--a big surprise, and i wanted to literally dive into the apple crumb & spend the night. AWESOME!!! Way to go Harold!
Harold has a winner!
By dianno6 on 2/26/2008
We had a wonderful dinner at Perilla. The starter of wild bison tataki with baby arugula, gooseberries and white miso dressing was a perfect blend of taste and textures. Absolutely outstanding! We had mentioned offhand that we would share but were surprised when they gave us two separate preparations and only charged for one. Nice touch! Pork loin wrapped in prosciutto was perfectly cooked and delicious. My only disappointment was the roasted guinea hen with spaetzle, chestnuts and persimmons. It was OK but I did not think the 5 spice powder was a good match for the rest of the dish and the texture of the mixture beneath the bird was a bit dry and nondescript. Cranberry and apple crumble dessert was good and nicely served in an individual pot. Had a nice pinot noir also. If you removed the guinea hen dish, I would give it a 10. Clearly, Harold is a very talented chef!
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