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Manhattan: Peri Ela

1361 Lexington Ave (@90th) , Phone: 212.410.4300

Reviewed by: Tourmama from CA, review #3710

When: 2011

Intimate restaurant on the upper Ea. side featuring wonderful Turkish food in a warm and cozy atmosphere.

We had a wonderful dinner here before attending a concert at the nearby 92nd St. Y. We had reserved early in the day, and were glad we did - the restaurant is small, and popular even on a weeknight.

The menu features Turkish specialties. We shared a plate of incredibly delicious smoked eggplant to start - the eggplant is grilled, and absorbs a wonderful smoky flavor, enhanced as it is mashed with garlic and olive oil. It was served with a basket of freshly baked bread that was equally delicious.

For mains, Bill chose okra with lamb, the baby (about 1")okra were sweet and tender, braised with lamb and tomatoes, and served with pilaf. I had adaa kebap yogurtlu - spicy char grilled lamb kebabs sliced and served over a yogurt-garlic sauce and chunks of pita bread that were a perfect foil for the spicy meat. Again, my generous serving came accompanied by pilaf. We each had a glass of a turkish red wine that was quite nice. I was too full for dessert, but shared bites of Bill's cinnamon flavored pudding - and had a sip of his authentic turkish coffee.

The bill for the two of us, including tip, was about $97.

I would love to drop in again for another plate of the smoked eggplant. It was very special!

There is a wide variety of both hot and cold meze on offer, and a similar variety of main courses - fish, lamb, chicken, and a vegetarian platter.

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