Elite Restaurant, 60th St. at 8th Ave., near the N train 8th Ave. station.
Just opened this week in the middle of Chinatown. Pleasant interior with big windows. Waiter was attentive, friendly & very polite. Not very busy at Sunday lunchtime, but we were the only customers who didn't look like Turks.
The red lentil soup had a robust meat stock base, with a nice overlay of spicy paprika, but was accompanied by stale, bland bread. The shepherd's salad was fresh but not outstanding. The fried filled rolls (pan-fried phyllo pastry stuffed with feta) were delicate and tasty, not greasy. The Russian salad was well done - smothered with a mayonnaise that had a lght & pleasing consistency. The falafel was tender and well seasoned, with a decent tzatziki dipping sauce. Good Turkish tea & coffee.
We didn't try any of the entrees, which were mostly predictably kebab-oriented. A Turkish-style lamb mini-pizza was advertised, but was not yet available, the oven is supposed to be installed next week. Cost of the above was $16.80 + tax.
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