Promising Turkish at Peri Ela on the Upper East Side

A Turkish restaurant called Peri Ela replaced a middling Greek diner a couple of months ago, and Carnegie Hill hounds seem happy with the trade-off. “Really delicious Turkish and quite a pretty place,” sums up foodyum. He prefers to skip the entrées and feast on meze. Highlights of these small plates, which run $6 to $9, include midye dolma (rice-stuffed mussels on the half shell), sigara boregi (feta-stuffed phyllo, lightly fried), patlican salatasi (smoked eggplant mashed with garlic and olive oil), and cacik (yogurt with cucumber, garlic, and dill). Among main courses, the karisik izgara, or mixed grill, is a good bet. It comprises chargrilled ground lamb, chicken and lamb kebabs, and lamb chops, all well seasoned and nicely cooked, MMRuth reports.

She gives Peri Ela’s entrées the edge, in quality and variety, over those at neighborhood competitor Beyoglu. jbnyc likes the newcomer but will stick with Beyoglu.

A few blocks north, Straight from the Market is another welcome spot for lovers of Turkish chow. This friendly corner grocery recently added a decent selection of foods from Turkey, reports lucybobo, including soft drinks and juices, soujouk sausage, Kashar and other cheeses, canned goods, legumes and grains, confections like pismaniye and lokum, and good fresh pide (from Taskin Bakery in Paterson, New Jersey).

Peri Ela [Upper East Side]
1361 Lexington Avenue (near E. 90th Street), Manhattan
212-410-4300
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Beyoglu [Upper East Side]
1431 Third Avenue (at E. 81st Street), Manhattan
212-650-0850
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Straight from the Market [Upper East Side]
1488 Lexington Avenue (at E. 96th Street), Manhattan
212-876-8329
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