New York Magazine’s current issue features its annual list of the best, new inexpensive eating spots in the city, and while there’s this…
1361 Lexington Ave., nr. 90th St.; 212-410-4300
Turkish food has infiltrated Carnegie Hill in the guise of this wood-paneled room with its small bar, cramped tables, and traditional menu. The vegetarian platter is listed as an entrée but actually makes an effective and delicious introduction to the pungent, potent world of Turkish meze, including a respectable hummus, a smoky patlican salatasi (mashed eggplant), and the thick, dill-flecked yogurt called cacik. There are whole grilled fish and various kebabs to be had afterward, but our recommendation is the irresistibly rich adana kebab yogurtlu, morsels of charred lamb over buttery pita croutons, drenched with yogurt and tomato sauce.
…there’s not a lot of love otherwise for the Upper East Side in the issue. Actually, there isn’t one other single entry on the list. What gives?? Is the neighborhood that dry of new cheap eats?
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