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Came here for a business dinner, excellent food and superb bar selection. Great drinks. Highly recommend.

Jennifer De Warren


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Something Different...Delicious food!

my boyfriend took me there for my birthday and I really loved it. I didn't know anything about Turkish Cuisine and was pleasantly surprised! The appetizers are divine and the Lamb burger to die for. They also have Live Music on Fridays, which gives it a nice relaxing vibe...fancy, a bit pricey but delicious food. Definitely worth it.



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Pera on Behind the Burner

I found great Pera recipes on Behind the Burner (.) com



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Classy Mediterranean Done Right!

Wow - so delicious! My husband who is 1/2 Turkish grew up on Mediterranean food, and both of us could not stop raving about the food at Pera. My husband has been to some top-notch kebab restaurants in Turkey, and Pera's dishes were some of the best he's ever had! We had THE PERA TRADITION tasting menu - the meats were seasoned perfectly, and the vegetable dishes were incredible...especially the roasted whipped eggplant which had a divine smoky flavor. We ended with a cool rice pudding. Hands down, Pera is the best Mediterranean restaurant we've been to - portions are generous and the staff was very professional. Be sure to try a glass of Yeni Raki, a licorice flavored liquor - it is the perfect compliment to your Mediterranean dining experience. Pera's in a great location on Madison Avenue (easy walk from Times Square) - I highly recommend you try Pera. You'll be a raving fan too!



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Lamb Roast Rocks

Had been here before, a couple of times, and was very impressed. This place does everything right - while it doesn't aspire to be a four or even three star restaurant, it's as good on all fronts as many so rated.

On this latest visit I went for the new lamb roast available on the weekends. Not only is a a wonderful offering for a lamb lover like me, but it's an incredible bargain - $29 for a generous postion of roasted lamb and six appetizers and sides. Although there is a two diner minimum.

If you like lamb, head for Pera. Don't think any other place in town does a regular lamb roast - for Greek easter yet, but not every weekend!



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Great food & Ambience, a great find in midtown.

I recently needed to book a business lunch near Grand Central and came across Pera. I noticed that most of the reviews were pretty positive, with some occasional negative experiences. In this new world of viral media, its hard to really find an objective opinion.
I have to say this restaurant is quite a find! I loved the decor, food and ambience. The appetizers where especially delicious, my favorite being the lamb tacos and eggplant dish. My colleague ordered the whole fish, though I did not try it it looked pretty tasty. I also loved the atmosphere it was perfect for a business lunch. I will definitely be back!



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I was disappointed in the restaurant after a recent lunch experience. I ordered the chicken twist (a cutesy name for a chicken sandwich wrapped in a pita) and was disappointed to find that it was two very bland chicken patties almost ungarnished in an overabundance of pita. There was a bit of spice on the side, along with some raw onions, but not nearly enough to make it flavorful or particularly appealing. It wasn't cheap either.



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Never again

My wife and I had dinner at Pera on a Saturday night and it was an unpleasant experience at best. The baby lamb chop was overcooked and the humus was served with bread that had a texture similar of a rock.
My wife had the monk fish which was not bad. The worse part of the meal was the service. The waiter never seemed concerned or even interested if our experience was good or not.
I did speak with someone who claimed to be the manager on the way out and his only comment was please try us again it will be better. I have never thought about writing a review before and I dine out in NYC often but this whole experience was downright dreadful.



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All around amazing!!!

My wife and I took my mother-in-law to Pera for some good Mediterranean and were more than impressed. The service is both attentive and informative, offering you the perfect wine selection for whichever dish you choose.

Of the many splendid offerings, I highly recommend the lamb. My personal favorite is the lamb riblets but the newly added sausge lollipops are also one of a kind. To me, lamb is difficult to cook and many restaurants typically overcook it or don't season it enough, leaving the scent of the lamb that is often unsavory. Pera has mastered the preparation and cooking of the meat and has made the meal an experience you won't soon forget.



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Delicious, inventive, and fabulous!!

I sampled a number of the smaller plates at Pera - the eggplant and tomato timbale is excellent; delicately seasoned and refreshing. The grape leaves were some of the best I have ever had as well - with a subtle sweetness that I really enjoyed. I also enjoyed one of the best cocktails - the Bld. Orange Gimlet- and probably the best dessert - the flaky pastry in a honey sauce with a melted cheese center I've ever had. A must try!!!



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Fantastic experience!

We hosted our board dinner at Pera. It's a great place for a group dinner; the balance is just right between a fun atmosphere and a restaurant volume level that allows for easy conversation. The food was inventive and outstanding, and there were great vegetarian options available (why don't more top restaurants have good vegetarian options?) The servers were friendly and accommodating. The entire board raved about the experience!



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High Class

Went Pera Mediterranean Brasserie in a group of 6 for my friend's birthday. Everything that night was so good and so perfect!

Food: I had a taste of most of the dishes they have since my friends and I got different dishes. They were all really good. Everything I got was delicious. I recommend the Filet mignon medallions.

Service: It was as if I am a princess or something. Not only do they help me take off and put on my jacket, hang my purse, pour my water when it's empty, refill bread after bread, etc etc. The waiters and waitresses are super friendly. The crowd was mainly middle age. Even though my friends and I were younger in comparison, the service was still the same--really good. Our waiter was hilarious and was really helpful.

Ambiance: The place is dim, and elegant. It wasn't quiet. Even though it's a ""high class"" place, it wasn't too dressy.

I ordered a 4 courses meal. I underestimated the portions. I was still pretty hungry after my 2nd course, but by the time I finished the third, I was getting a little full...and after dessert, I felt bloated.



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Great food. Nice ambience.

I've been here about 5 times over the past 6 months and have always had a great meal. Granted I loved the adana the first time i got it but this last time i ventured out and got the lamb tenderloin and it was delicious. I love the fried artichoke hearts along with the eggplant and phylo rolls. As far as the atmosphere goes I find it a very comfortable environment with a great aesthetic to look at. The table up by the bar is beautiful.



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Mediterranean Delight, Aching to go back!

Aren't we fortunate to be sybarites in New York City? Some friends and I ate dinner last night at Pera and ended the night with this thought. We were a large group and essentially sampled most of the menu. Some of us are New Yokers and others European (known for chauvinistic inclinations towards their national cuisine). Based on a friend's recommendation, I was hoping this would help enlarge their view of NYC dining as well as my own.
For me, gastronomic memories are made from raw ingredients working together in alchemy. If you agree with this, then order the hummus and eggplant appetizer. The texture and contrasts are incredible. Our server was very helpful in describing each option, leaving enough room for us to be impressed. Most of us ordered meat dishes as our main course, unanimously enjoyng the ground lamb meat and lamb chops. These flavors really stood out to me; I'd even go back again this weekend.....But, the best part came at the end: dessert. I couldn't have imagined how to put together the ""Kunefe"" - a succulent crispi vermiccelli-esque dough clenched around a dense yet light cheese, covered in honey. In-cre-di-ble.



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Good service, iffy food..

My husband and I went to Pera for a much needed date-night. Great atmosphere as you walk in, a great get-away from the traffic of mid-town. But, while we enjoyed the bar area and the decor, the food was spotty. I'm Turkish, so I know something about Meditteranean food. They served the bread plain, no oil, butter, nothing. When we asked for olive oil, it was like Canola Oil. C'mon guys, you have a Meditteranean restaurant, you should be able to get the oil right! But the fish (branzini) was the best I've ever tasted. Really outstanding. The service was good, well-meaning, but a little clueless. No wine suggestions, no recommendations, etc. I know of restaurants that have much better turkish food..



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Once it was perfect!!

oooooh boy!. It was quite a while I was not back at this place. I hate when they change menus or cooks, The food is not what it was. I'm not happy with the change. Will not recommend.



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The only thing that was decent was the 1 thing they couldn't ruin---the wine

From start to finish, the experience at this restaurant was absolutely dreadful. It started when it took them 15 minutes to bring the bottle of wine we ordered. Next up, they delivered our warm hummus appetizer but completely forgot the accompanying bread. When we asked for it, they told us they were still baking it and brought it 15 minutes later with our other appetizer. No apologetic attitude, just complete apathy. For main dishes, we all ordered lamb chops--medium rare. Although the portions were a nice size (5 chops each), they only managed to get 1 or 2 of them in each order cooked correctly. Most of them were completely overdone and not edible---for us. And then came the most pathetic sickly looking grilled asparagus dish that were basically shavings of 7 spears, half of them shrivelled up and burnt.

Throughout this entire unpleasant experience, our waiter never once checked up on us or asked us if everything was o.k. Instead we had to constantly try to get the attention of other waiters/waitresses passing by, and even the manager. In a nutshell, there are way too many other fantastic, inviting, and service oriented restaurants to ever have a reason to frequent this place!!!!



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Fantastic Place...

We visited Pera on a Saturday night and had a great meal with even better service. We started out with an array of appetizers. Our waitress was very patient and explained each one for us. I had the hangar steak for dinner, which was out of this world. We ordered red wine for the table and I enjoyed a Turkish beer! We ended our meal with a chocolate souffle, which was heavenly, especially for a chocolate lover. Pera is fun, young place with a great atmosphere. Can't wait for our second trip back!



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Best waitstaff in New York City

We had a party of six on a Saturday Night and had a blast! The service was excellent from the moment we stepped inside. The restaurant is gorgeous and we loved the open kitchen. The mediterranean salad was my favorite appetizer, excellent dish. I had the mixed grill which was to die for. Great wine selection. I would recommend Pera in a heartbeat. OFF THE HOOK, FANTASTIC!!!! GREAT NITE OUT!!!



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Amazing food, service, and ambiance. Fantastic new additions to the menu.

I went to Pera last week for the first time in several months and I have to say it is better than ever. The ambiance is still beautiful and unique -- open views into the kitchen, fantastic mosaic and glass details, a large rough hewn table near the bar made from a single beam -- but the food and service is the best I have experienced there yet. The wait staff is extremely attentive and no matter what they tell me about the menu, I find myself drifting off to their gorgeous Mediterranean accents and good looks. While I am no sommelier, their wine suggestions are excellent and well paired with entrees.

Speaking of the entrees, I will always suggest my favorite, and Pera's specialty, the Lamb Adana (lamb skewer that is served with flat bread and tasty parsley, tomato and onion fixings) which is terrific even if you are not a traditional lamb fan like me; I must also suggest some of the new additions to the menu.
The hangar steak medallions were the best steak I have ever had with a sinfully sumptuous buttery sauce and traditional Turkish dipping sauce on the side. The vegetarian option was a very generously portioned and delicious blend of veggies and grains. All dishes are large enough to share and you should order a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts to get to try all of the delectably different dishes.

Remember to save room for dessert-- the chocolate souffle is simply sinful.

As Pera is one of only a handful of great restaurants in the area, I will continue to go back again and again, always with new people to introduce them to this Turkish delight!


Phone: (212) 878-6301

Address: 303 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10017


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Where Midtown meets the Mediterranean!

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Message from Pera Mediterranean Brasserie: A Succession of Mediterranean and Turkish Tastes Presented With Abundance Fit For a Sultan Private Dining & Catering Top 5 Newcomer by Zagat 2008 Co-Starring In Duplicity Highly acclaimed in the press & chosen as one of Top 5 Newcomers by Zagat Survey 2008, Pera brings an authentic taste of Eastern Mediterranean cuisine to Manhattan. The menu boasts favorites like Lamb Adana, a variety of Mezes (Mediterranean appetizers, similar to Spanish tapas) & Whole Roasted Fish. Signature Mezes include Warm Hummus, Beef & Bulgur Tartare, Mini Shish Trio of Marinated Lamb, Harissa Shrimp & Soujouk. The menu also features daily specials. Pera has an extensive wine list with over 150 red & white wines from the Mediterranean & other regions Worldwide. The private room at Pera can be utilized for dining events as well as for business meetings & fits up to 28 people. Amenities include an LCD TV with PC Presentation capability, wireless Internet connection, conference call facilities, dedicated audio system &, of course, unrivaled Pera hospitality. Pera now delivers! Prix Fixed Menus- The `Pera Tradition' is a family-style tasting menu served with three mezes, pidette (fried flatbread), a mini shish kebab, and four meaty main dishes for $46 a person. What to Drink- Try anise-flavored Turkish raki, and choose from a nice selection of Mediterranean wines from Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Israel.
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Phone: (212) 878-6304

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Midtown East, Midtown Manhattan

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