Perilla is the creation of season one Top Chef winner, Harold Dieterle, and features New American cuisine with international influences. The changing menu features seasonal ingredients and is reasonably priced for the reputation and culinary know-how of its executive chef. Duck is the signature protein on the menu, and the spicy duck meatballs are a must have. Perilla isn’t the most vegetarian friendly restaurant, but there is an entree or two, usually a tasting sample of a seasonal vegetable. Most customers order entrees, but a six course tasting menu is perfect for a leisurely, special occasion dinner. Perilla is also open for brunch and offers a gourmet twist on breakfast favorites. The West Village location is small and intimate, perfect for a casual date.