This weekend, I made my habitual tour of Sunset Park's Chinatown. That's 8th Ave. between approx. 48th St to 62nd Street for those new to this area. Y'know the corner of 60th and 8th -- the Middle Eastern market with the good deli? Well, around the corner on 60th St., we recently tried the newish Turkish restaurant, Elite.
I dined with my boyfriend -- He of The Neanderthal Palate -- so we selected the simpler items off the menu. Prices here are approximate:
dolma -- ($3.50?) -- excellent! Very little rice stuffing; the tight-rolled, mostly-grapeleaf variety. Served with a wedge of lemon on a bed of lettuce. (Boyfriend won't eat grapeleave because they are green. The guy missed out.)
fried cheese wrapped in filo -- ($3.50?) -- light as a mousefart
lamb shish kebab sandwich -- ($4.50?) -- The lamb could not have been more tender, the veggies were crisp, the yogurt was sharp and the "hot" sauce was mild. Fresh-tasting. The amount of lamb was less than I expected, but I was nevertheless satisfied by the sandwich. With a side of fries, it made a good meal.
chicken kebab w/ rice -- ($7.50?) -- nice grilled flavor; arguably a little dry
Turkish coffee -- ($1.50) -- although less pungent than the tiny Turkish coffees of which I dream, it wasn't as sweet as in my nightmares, either.
Turkish tea! -- (?) -- This was awesome! (How to describe tea?)
Plus a coke. After tax, $23.
The dolma were the big winner. My second favorite part was the maitre d' -- who showed that mix of pride and ambition you wanna see at any new restaurant. The place has a dining area that seemed unusually big for its type; I expect they hope to use the space for private parties. We saw a lot of people picking up large takeout orders, including a couple party platters.
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