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Thanksgiving at Perilla

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Ugh.

3 courses for $65--appetizer, first course, side, dessert---reasonable.

Except you have to share the side.

You have to share the side. ON THANKSGIVING.

When I confronted the waiter about this ridiculousness, he hemmed and hawed, averted his eyes, mumbled something about "the portions being large."

All well and good, I told him, except I wanted potatoes and my dining partner is a diabetic.

"Well, it's how the restaurant usually does it."

Except today is Thanksgiving. THANKSGIVING. At which point he acquiesced and said we could split portions.

So much for the home-y, welcoming touch. At $65 a pop.

I ordered a peekytoe crab and sea urchin appetizer. What I got were crab clumps swimming in a gloppy, briny soup. Beyond awful

Turkey. Tasteless, gristle-y. I've had better in diners. Gave over 1/2 of it to my partner. Got my mashed, though. Fine. Enjoyed his brussel sprouts side as well.

We couldn't wait to flee the place (and weren't about to spend a penny more) so we got our desserts to go. Will eat them soon but at this point, who cares? .

I've had too many crap experiences of this kind in mid-level Manhattan restauarants lately and they're a waste of time and money. It will be a long time before I do so again.

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

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  1. That's disappointing to hear. That's a place I would think would serve an interesting and delicious T-day meal. I must say, though, that the one time I dined at Perilla it was fantastic and I plan to go back soon.

    1. I've been to Perilla a number of times and it has always been fantastic and reasonably priced. Are you really complaining about spending $65 for three and a half courses in NYC on Thanksgiving? They accommodated your request and gave you two sides, so why are you complaining about that? If it was THAT big of a deal to you, why not just order an extra side anyway, aren't they less than $10?

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      1. re: heWho

        "Are you really complaining about spending $65 for three and a half courses in NYC on Thanksgiving?"

        Did you even read my post?

        "They accommodated your request and gave you two sides, so why are you complaining about that?"

        I'm complaining because I had to jump through hoops to get what I wanted. And if you don't see the absurdity of a restaurant requesting diners to share a side on Thanksgiving because it's easier for THEM, then nothing I can say to you would make any difference.

        "If it was THAT big of a deal to you, why not just order an extra side anyway, aren't they less than $10?"

        I don't care if it cost a dime. When you offer to pay for my side, I'll happily order another. See ya!

      2. I'm surprized about this as well. Never had a bad meal there, including NYE last year, which was a similar format.

        1. I am very sorry to hear about this experience. I know exactly what you're talking about, because I dined at Perilla both this Thanksgiving and last Thanksgiving, and both times found it extraordinary. The sides issue was one that I knew about before going this year (having been last year and not getting the farro risotto I loved so much so the in-laws could have both kinds of potatoes), so I had pre-prepared my emotional blackmail on the farro risotto front. For me, it is what it is--their policy under their pricing for the meal. I wish that they would formally offer to serve additional sides at a set price (as they do on their regular menu), but to me this is and was a small point. For you, it was a big point, for which I can't fault you. The turkey, short ribs and swordfish were all excellent. Appetizers were enjoyed by all. The sticky toffee pudding made me wish it was Thanksgiving every day of the year. The sides, including the farro risotto, were perhaps the best of all. I'll go back every year until they stop letting me--to me, it's actually the perfect option for a group of eaters with disparate tastes--the sides notwithstanding, the variety of entrees offered and the quality maintained make it my go-to feasting wonderland at the holidays..

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          1. re: planetjess

            I was also there and I have to agree with you on the having to share the sides. For a $65.00 price on a Turkey dinner which is CRAZY, at least offer sides per person.
            Come on now Harold.. are you going to spoil this great place by doing foolish things such as this !!!!!

            $65.00 for a turkey dinner is crazy as it is..

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