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Perilla

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

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

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85% would go back.

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uncomfortable from the beginning.

By mermaidmagic on 11/3/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

If you sit in the front this time of year, you will freeze! We asked to move, which was not a problem. The chairs are uncomfortable. Cheap too! Hostess was nice. Service was not friendly or very good. We had to struggle to get anything. The lighting was distracting, and too bright. Food was not very good. Duck burger tasted like liver, and was dry as well. The avocado slice was so tiny, i never saw it, till the end, you needed a magnifing glass to see it!!! Bun cheap. Grilled Cheese, was boring and small. Salad was oily and salty. French frys were soggy, but tasty. Pickle soggy, and old. Sorry i will not be back...Could not sit there any longer in the chairs to experience dessert, which actually looked good.

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99 out of 210 people found this review helpful.

Not all that

By mia88 on 8/18/2007

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

This restaurant should not be a destination for your special occasion dinner. We were a party of four and picked this place after reading a review on this website and of course out of curiosity for Top Chef winner. Even though the menu sounded promising, we were not amazed by the taste of our food. It was just ordinary, nothing special. My fish, which was a special of the day, was very bland and needed much more flavor. One of my companions ordered roasted potatoes on the side, and when it finally came after her entree was served well beforehand, she found out that it was uncooked. Overall, the service was fairly good, and it has a chilled ambience.You can try once if you live in the neighborhood. For those who don't, however, it is not worth to hassle finding a little Jones street, which not too many people know.

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186 out of 397 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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135 out of 264 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 260 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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76 out of 143 people found this review helpful.

Celebrity flavours

By antonybcn on 2/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

The three of us arrived early which turned out well as the excellent bar tender served us some great Martinis. She even explained us the characteristics of each Vodka used. At the table it was no problem at all to share the starters. All three - cuttlefish, cod cheeks and scallions - highly recommended. The main courses were a delight, as were the wine and deserts. And all this for less than $ 200. Amazing. The only minor setback was our waiter. She was correct but not as enthousiastic as the rest of the staff, or we about this restaurant!

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115 out of 233 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.

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 136 people found this review helpful.

A very enjoyable dinner

By nmiller6 on 5/11/2007

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

We had been watching for Harold to open his restaurant ever since his win on "Top Chef" and felt extremely fortunate to get a seating in his opening week. We were a party of 6 and we all orderd appetizers, entrees, side dishes, desserts and several bottles of wine. We enjoyed everything about the restaurant as well as the persoanal chat with Harold himself and the value was exceptional ($330 before tip). The most significant thing, though, was how much all the customers were enjoying themselves. A winning sign of a good restaurant.

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351 out of 540 people found this review helpful.

Someone in the kitchen loves cooking: you taste it in every mouthful

By Durbsant on 1/23/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

All four at our table were unanimous that this was one of the best meals we'd had in a long time. Flavors were clean, harmonious and subtle, without every resorting to flash or drama. Truly splendid. Decor was a little dull, but okay. Lighting was a problem; I feel that often restaurants fall in the trap of turning down the lights -in an misguided attempt to seem sophisticated- to the point where all the sparkle and lustre of the food, the table, and the faces around the table are sapped away.

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