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Posted by F on 03/20/2007
So basically all persian food in nyc sucks -- all of it - never had a great anything from any restaurant compred to los angeles. But when you compare this place to the others in the city, its at least above average and therefore if you want persian its a decent choice. If you want good persian food then make a good persian friend and have their mother cook for you or fly to LA. End of story.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/15/2007
I'm Persian and I found the food unimpressive. I was actually embarassed when I went with American friends since I had talked so much about how good Persian food is. The kebab was dry which basically killed it for me. The homemade doughh (Persian sour yogurt drink) I had wasn't that good either. It tasted like watered down sweet, store-bought yogurt...you'll know what I mean if you're Persian or you know what doughh is. Anyway, I found it very overpriced and boring. Kebab is supposed to be juicy and flavorfull paired with fluffy saffron rice and a hot grilled tomato with some sumac. This kebab was dry and bland.
Posted by Gourmand_Iranian on 02/27/2007
There is an inevitable tension here; ranking Persepolis as a New York restaurant vs. ranking it as an Iranian restaurant. As a New York restaurant catering to residents of its chi-chi neighborhood, I am sure Persepolis does fine. However, as an Iranian spot (compared against Iranian restaurants eslewhere) it comes up short. I evaluate Iranian ("Persian") restaurants mostly on two criteria--the quality of the service and food. On these two criteria, Persepolis seems to be content to embrace mediocrity while charging as if it were the best around town. Persepolis comes up short in terms of price and certain staples of Iranian food. My disclaimer: if you aren't a broke grad student, or at least someone who is familiar with the nuances and traditions of most Iranian places, my feedback may not mean very much to you. To make this easy to write, I am going to make a list of why Persepolis doesn't make me swoon. 1. No freebies--many Iranian spots give you a couple starters on the house--fresh hebs and feta cheese, and sometimes evan a bowl of soup. Persepolis brings you a small metal napkin holder with toasted pita pockets with butter and charges you $11 for minute portions of what you can get for free elsewhere. 2. The neighborhood sucks--Upper East Side is lame and overpriced. Most importantly, it is hard to get to this place unles you drive, take a cab, or live near by--it is a long walk from the 4,5,6 on Lexington to get there, as I learned the hard way walking here with my grandma and parents a few summers ago. The clinetele are noveau-richey Iranians that look very Tehrangeles, and older non-Iranians. 3. Frosty service--standard accompaniments of Iranian food have to be asked for--sumac, raw onions; and the wait staff takes its sweet time getting it to you, while your food is growing cold. 4. The food is nothing to write home about.
Posted by Ali on 11/10/2006
I am a very picky Iranian, and have been disappointed with all persian food in NYC, but Persepolis is the perfect place, the food is as good as in Shamshiri in Tehran (and better than the one in DC or LA). The atmosphere is great and the service is excellent, it is more expensive than the west coast restaurants but not more expensive than any other middle of the rd NY restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/04/2006
We recently visited Perspolis after trying many other UES Middle Eastern restaurants - maybe I missed something - but I felt it paled in comparison. There was some strange taste in each dish, which didn't allow us to enjoy it. The salad dressing on the shirazi salad was terrible (though the vegetables were certainly fresh), the bread was chewy, and the beef kabobs were tough and small. To top all this off, when the bill came we felt the cost didn't justify the quality and taste of the food.
Posted by Out of town new yorker on 10/15/2006
My wife and I vist Persepolis in July. The food and service was great and although the wine is a little overprice, you must remember this is NY.
Posted by Lilly on 08/28/2006
I've ate at all the persian restaurants in nyc and for food taste Persepolis wins hands down. The menu isn't as elaborate as some others, but for sure if you want to take an out-of-town guest to try persian food for the first time, take them to Persepolis. You won't be disappointed! Try the albaloo poli and fesenjaan...