The pearls-and-cufflinks crowd that chooses Shalizar’s neighbor, Brasserie Julien, over a dinner at this lovely Persian restaurant have no idea what they’re missing. On a recent Friday night, this top-notch eatery held fewer than ten customers (a real shame). For these lucky few, the rewards were plenty. Smoky eggplant mizra was a thick, garlicky puree served with hot bread and nutty tahini. We also savored shredded chicken in a pomegranate-and-walnut stew (called fesenjan) and a juicy lamb kebab, both served on ecstacy-inducing basmati rice with lentils, saffron and golden raisins. Get in here before the squares catch on.
1420 Third Ave
|Cross street:||between 80th and 81st Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily noon–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St; 6 to 77th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $22. AmEx, MC, V|
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