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  • Mediterranean, Turkish, Small Plates/Tapas
  • 303 Madison Ave, New York NY10017 40.752377 -73.979577
  • (Btwn 41st & 42nd St)
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  • (212) 878-6301
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User Ratings (Based on 45 reviews)

Food 3.8 Value 3.0
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 4.2

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 878-6301
(212) 661-1780
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Order From Pera for delivery & takeout
Visa, MC, AmEx, Disc, DC
Lunch Mon-Fri: 11:30am-3:30pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-3pm Dinner Mon-Fri: 5:30pm-10:30pm Sat-Sun: 5pm-10pm
Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
Accepts Credit Cards, Business Dining, Catering, Delivery, Good for Groups, Online Ordering, Online Reservations, Pre/Post Theater, Private Parties, Prix Fix Menus, Take Out, Tasting Menu, Wheelchair Accessible
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User Reviews

  • Pera

    Posted by Vitruvian Man on 05/05/2012

    Great mezes, salads, service and open-kitchen

    Made a reservation for 7pm on a Thurs, and went there with a date (my future wife although she doesn’t quite know this yet since it was only like our second date). My reservation was promptly honored, which is always great. Further, when I asked for a quieter seating, I was graciously offered a table in the private dining room which only had two other tables, so the meal was definitely serene and quiet with personalized service. Our semi-private room seating still had a view of the open-air kitchen. All these factors contributed to my high rating of ambience, service and noise level. For food, we first got the Meze platter. There were about 10 items on the platter which would be suitable for anywhere from 2-4 people to share, depending on how voracious they are. The platter included things like hummus, lamb sausage and stuffed grape leaves all thoroughly delicious. Secondly we shared the seafood salad. It was lightly dressed and seasoned, so I thought it was also an excellent choice since I enjoy things like octopus and calamari and shrimp. I believe my date rated it as a high B since it had a couple of items she’d rather pass on, but still thought it was perfectly seasoned as well. Lastly, we shared the baby lamb chops. These came with some mashed potatoes. Neither was spectacular. The chops were made to order and had some decent seasoning, but again didn’t blow us away. The mashed was pretty much run-of-the-mill. Wine list was good a bit pricey and not a ton of moderate choices by the glass, but if you know this going in, and just get a bottle like we did, you’ll probably be ok with it. Service throughout was prompt, attentive, and not overbearing. Overall with tip and all, the meal was approx $160, which is no drop in the bucket, but was worth it. It’s not a place you can frequent too often, but I will definitely recommend this place to others and be back again.even if only for the Meze platter and seafood salad

  • Pera

    Posted by bushkin D. on 02/02/2012

    Good for a classy dinner setting

    Been here twice in the last 3 months. Appetizers are good to excellent but the entree quality - for me - was inconsistent. Had an excellent salmon the first time around but the fish the next time there was sub par. Classy ambiance but the live music was wasted - could do with a better location ? Very convenient mid town access. Good to take a client out for the evening but does not give a mid eastern / turkish feel.

  • Pera

    Posted by insatiableappetite on 03/25/2011

    Thoroughly enjoyed it

    The very first impression this restaurant made on me was how clean it was. The moment you walk in you can see all the way into the last corner of the kitchen and it seems to be kept in great shape. The hostess was pleasant, though didnt really need to interact with her much as we were seated at time of our reservation. Passed by what seemed like a large wooden single piece table where several people were having some small plates and drinks. Our table was right next to a wine cabinet, and there was quite a bit of traffic in and out during our meal - not directly interfering but each time someone came up to the cabinet my attention was drawn away from the table. We started sharing 3 appetizers - fillo rolls, beef sausage lollipops and the tomato onion salad. All delish, but extra stars for the salad (how'd they get such red tomatos in winter?). Main course I had the mixed grill plate - absolutely awesome. My wife had the parchment baked fish special - she liked it, I liked my food ten-fold better. 2 items particularly stood out, the ground lamb which is the house specialty and the dry-rubbed lamb ribs, some were fatty but really really tasty. The main plates only came with garnish salad, and we did not order any a la carte sides. For dessert we shared the kadaifi dessert with melted cheese inside, finished with honey syrup. this has become my 2nd most favorite dessert ever, after a well-made chocolate souffle. Overall, our experience was 4.5 stars throughout. This is far from your budget ethnic dive, if you arrive with that mentality you will be pleasantly surprised but also punished by the moderately high prices and more formal than usual (for the cuisine) dining etiquette. Will definitely be coming back again.

  • Pera

    Posted by Glam Girl on 12/02/2010

    Still Hungry

    Pathethic! You need a magnifying glass to see your portions. Food was lackluster in taste. A slice of NY pizza is better then this place. Really expensive for nothing special. This place will probably be closed by the time I finish this review.

  • Pera

    Posted by WallFly on 06/16/2010

    Hit and miss

    This place is ambitious, and earnest. The vibe is hip, with couches in the lounge and a long wooden "communal table" for overflow and people who just want some mezes. The service is efficient and personable, and the ambient volume is manageable. Unfortunately the food is very inconsistent, and the wine list, while carefully chosen, is pricey beyond the restaurant's level. The stuffed dates were terrific, as were the smoked lamb tacos, accented with a squirt of fresh lemon. The lobster felafel, while too intriguing to pass up, just didn't quite mesh. The end result was too mealy, the starch all but obliterating the subtle lobster flavor; the actual lobster meat was overcooked and chewy, when you could find some. The mediterranean meatballs were nondescript lumps of ground beef on a skewer with an average tzadziki. The mediterranean fries, nicely spiced, were on the hard crispy side, and served only with ketchup. Not even harissa, or, better yet, muhammara. The pickled vegetable plate was a mason jar full of cherry peppers and Kirby cucumbers, brined to within an inch of their life, and nothing else. Not exactly a value. Overall, not quite into terrible territory, but I ended up plunking down quite a bit of money for a small plates meal, that left me feeling vaguely dissatisfied.

  • Pera

    Posted by foodie chick on 05/23/2010

    Don't bother!

    We have passed by this place many times as we live in the neighborhood and we love Turkish food so we decided to try it out. It started out nice--the place is beautiful. The menu is very different and certainly not traditional Turkish food. We had a special salad appetizer which was watermelon and feta cheese with mint. It was tasty but I could have made it myself at home for much cheaper. Even the waitress said it was something to make at home! We also had the smoked lamb tacos. Interesting concept but the lamb was tough and stringy. Almost a hit but not quite. Then the entrees. My husband had the lamb adana. Tasted lamby and poorly seasoned. I had the chicken brochette. I'm not even sure it was chicken. It smelled and tasted pretty bad. I have no idea what parts of the chicken they used but it didn't look good. My husband usually eats all my leftovers but even he couldn't do it. The bulgur pilaf was ok and the fries were probably the best part of the dinner. The waitress never came back to ask us how our meal was. I will not be going back to this place ever again nor will I recommend it to anyone.

  • Pera

    Posted by EPR on 04/23/2010

    Great Choice in Midtown Area

    We had a corporate luncheon at Pera and were in a large group of 15 people and had a nice private room for ourselves. Everybody loved this venue for its delicious and healthy food, good service and ambience. We definetely loved the experience and will certainly return and recommend it to our friends and family as well.

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