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9 Jones St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. 4th St.
A very enjoyable dinner
By nmiller6 on 5/11/2007
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.
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.
Not all that
By mia88 on 8/18/2007
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.
Someone in the kitchen loves cooking: you taste it in every mouthful
By Durbsant on 1/23/2008
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.
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!!!
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!
By antonybcn on 2/29/2008
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!
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!
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.
uncomfortable from the beginning.
By mermaidmagic on 11/3/2008
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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