An open kitchen bustling with chefs presiding over open flames is the focal point at this Turkish and Greek eatery. Pera’s specialty is fire and spice, and you’ll find it in dishes like the “mini shish trio”—spot-on grilled lamb, beef sausage and harissa-rubbed shrimp skewers. Tiny, stone-oven-baked pizzas (called pidettes), topped with kasseri cheese or ground lamb, are only $3, and the meze platter features a stellar roasted eggplant puree; pair it with a crisp white wine plucked from the mostly Greek and Israeli list.
Pera Mediterranean Brasserie
|Venue name:||Pera Mediterranean Brasserie||Contact:|
303 Madison Ave
|Cross street:||between 41st and 42nd Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Fri 11:30am–3:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Sat 5:30–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 42nd St S, 4, 5, 6, 7 to 42nd St–Grand Central|
|Price:||Average main course: $29. AmEx, MC, V|