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Perry’s Restaurant Celebrates 25 Years In Sheepshead Bay

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Perry's Restaurant is celebrating 25 years in business.
Perry’s Restaurant is celebrating 25 years in business. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

A bright banner and colorful flags flutter from the roof of Perry’s Restaurant to herald the Sheepshead Bay diner’s 25th year of business — which could be a good draw for hungry locals, as the owner is celebrating the anniversary by offering special dinner deals through the summer.

The summer specials include a one-and-a-half pound lobster for $19.95, which comes with a glass of wine and an appetizer; or eight baby lamb chops (meant for two) for $34.95, which includes an appetizer and dessert.

Lobster is on the menu at Perry's.
Lobster is on the menu at Perry’s. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Perry Kokotas opened his restaurant on 3482 Nostrand Avenue, just south of Avenue U, in 1990. The Greek immigrant, who hails from the fishing town of Mykonos and worked for 16 years at the Lobster House in Howard Beach, takes pride in the seafood options on his menu. There is broiled halibut, swordfish, sole, and salmon for $21.95. A Seafood Fra Diavolo for $23.95 buries the linguine under a mountain of mussels, clams, shrimp, and scallops — the plate seems like it could cause your table to cave in.

The Seafood Fra Diavolo.
The Seafood Fra Diavolo. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

The restaurant also offers standard breakfast and dinner fare: Omelettes and waffles in the morning; steak, burgers, and chicken at night.

Schoolteacher Mary Ellen Benedict said she dines at Perry’s nearly every week and comes for the affordable prices, large portions, and warm service.

“It’s a good local hangout, a place for a casual meal,” she said. “I’m very happy for Perry and his family that they’ve been here 25 years. I’m happy they have survived because so many places are closing in the neighborhood.”

Restaurant owner Perry Kokotas. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
Restaurant owner Perry Kokotas. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Kokotas, now a grandfather, seems to know everyone who walks through the doors of his restaurant. He darts around the dining room, bussing tables and waving to guests. “Hey man, how are you?” he says. “You’re back already? Welcome home.”

The front desk of the diner, where the cashier sits, is cluttered with family portraits, knick knacks, and notes of appreciation from customers.

All the hallmarks and charm of a neighborhood diner are there. Pastries and muffins wait on the counter, where you can saddle up onto a red stool. There are cakes on display inside the windowed refrigerator, and a well-used coffee machine. In the two dining rooms, which fill with light bouncing off the great mirrors on the wall, there’s booth seating or large oval tables topped with white cloth for bigger parties.

Kokotas said he got into the restaurant business as a way to make money. But his greatest satisfaction comes from pleasing his guests.

“I always like greeting people,” he said. “I like to please the public, and it’s nice to be part of the community.”

Perry’s Restaurant, 3482 Nostrand Avenue, between Sheepshead Avenue U and Avenue V, 718-934-9800. Open 7am until 11pm daily.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. This has been a real asset to our community. I especially like to have breakfast there on weekday mornings when I am playing hooky from work.

  2. Absolutely true.
    From the staff all the way up to Perry, they make you feel like its your home. The food is always fresh. They work to please, and like at Cheers, everybody knows your name. Happy 25th!

  3. Happy 25th Anniversary to Perry’s Diner many more the best in the neighborhood. Friendly service and a great working staff. And yes this is a real asset to our community.

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