Peri Ela

Restaurants, Turkish Upper East Side
Peri Ela
Peri Ela

The dark wood walls, pressed-tin ceiling and Pop Art tableaux picturing the sort of scantily clad women you might find on the beach in Bodrum would make this Carnegie Hill Turkish restaurant feel at home in Istanbul’s most fashionable precincts. Homesick Turks share big meze spreads and Turkish wine from a well-priced menu that covers the usual meyhane (taverna) staples like a rich, creamy cacik, a classic garlic-laced yogurt dip, and a winning combo plate of ground lamb kofta, a lamb chop, and cubes of chicken and lamb kebabs. In keeping with its Euro vibe, instead of thick Turkish coffee, espresso—what hip, young Turks drink—is listed with the sweet, sticky baklava and rolled custard kazandibi.


Venue name: Peri Ela
Address: 1361 Lexington Ave
New York
Cross street: between 90th and 91st Sts
Opening hours: Daily noon–11pm
Transport: Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St
Price: Average main course: $20. Cash only
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