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Posted by suzyq on 06/27/2007
disappointing--i did enjoy sitting at the bar and having a drink--service--while lovely and attentive-had no clue on the wine list--could not articulate a preference and didn't have the forethought to ask the manager-- Food-peeky toe crab app--above the top salty with a salty potato like crisp--prawn dish was mediocre--duck meetballs were ok and rack of lamb while delicious--came only with 2 chops--shows promise--but overall expensive and disappointing--I did like the dining room--
Posted by J & D on 06/27/2007
A truly delicious dining experience. We loved the meatballs and the pork belly starters and the skate (with pastrami) and the waygu steak for main courses. Desserts were also quite fine- we had chocolate cake and and coconut cake. The wine list is varied and reasonable. Service was excellent and the servers were very nice as well. The decor is simple yet chic. It was definitely worth the trip downtown. We will be back!
Posted by LES Rez on 06/26/2007
This place is not nearly worth the price. I went with 2 girls who were so excited about the 'Top Chef' but were brought back down to earth after we ate the food and got the tab. The cod was contrived and the steak was overcooked (and almost $30 which could get you a real steak at a bunch of better places). A side was over 10 bucks...almost laughable..the charming service was the only real plus..avoid.
Posted by Greg on 06/21/2007
Was at Perilla last night. It was a great experience. The decor of the restaurant is quite beautiful; it is simple, not over the top. Reflects Harold's style. Staff extremely helpful and attentive. They remembered who I was from a conversation I had with one of them while making the reservations. The food is exquisite... the Halibut is delicious; as is the lamb. The risotto is a must; risotto is my favorite thing to eat, and this is a one with rich flavor. The spicy duck meatballs are a great starter. We were also pleasantly surprised by the desserts... the coconut cake is a must. Having had many dinners in many restaurants in Manhattan, I found this a wonderful new experience. My experience was very positive and I really encourage folks to give it a try. I look forward to future meals!
Posted by Kate R on 06/20/2007
To be honest, I had high hopes for this place. I'm a huge fan of the show, but more importantly an avid restaurant- goer, and the chance to sample some of Harold's creations was too good to pass up. The food was good (I had the halibut, and sampled the cod) but the flavors just weren't there. There was nothing innovative about my dining experience, no uniqueness to the food. My halibut was perfectly pan fried, but it wasn't worth the $27 price tag. The service was great, but my meal, including appetizer, wine, and entree, was over in under an hour.
Posted by eurofoodie on 06/17/2007
Was invited to Perilla by a new work colleague and - as I moved to NYC last month after 10 years in France - was unaware of the Top Chef backstory. Great space in the West Village with a decent sized bar and - by the looks of it - not a bad table in the place. Decor is unassuming and certainly doesn't take your mind of the food. Service was great throughout the evening, We felt at home the moment that we walked through the door and that continued through our meal. Our server really seemed to be on top of the menu and made some helpful suggestions. Food was outstanding - multiple options on the menu that we were attracted by. I had the fiddlehead fern ravioli - a great dish with interesting flavors. My colleague had the chicken, which seemed to be cooked perfectly and he sad that he "loved" (a very strong emotion for him). A cheese option was included for dessert - which I loved. Atmosphere: Restaurant seemed to be full of positive energy when we arrived and the same was true when we left. I will certainly be back.
Posted by UES on 06/07/2007
Most of the reviews must be from fans of the show. If you go for a meal then you might be disappointed. It is not cheap either - a piece of plain chicken will set you back over $20. The place is drab - you have to wonder what it offers after the hype wears off. Our server was very cool though, so I give service good marks. But for the money this is not anywhere near NY's "Top."