Tucked inside a charming, bistro-like setting with pressed-tin ceilings and cool white marble-top tables, this neighborhood favorite just keeps getting better with age. Owner Orhan Yegen runs a tight ship, directing his staff and kitchen as they entice diners with a meze of citrusy olives, delicious hummus, garlicky cacik and creamy tarama. Kick things off with a starter of plump shrimp cooked in a downright addictive garlic and parsley sauce; or tuck into an equally earthy Greek salad with a Turkish twist featuring pickled cabbage, crumbled feta and a poached artichoke heart filled with dilled fava beans. For dinner, skip the seafood and opt for fragrant and hearty lamb meatballs, served over rice pilaf with a grilled tomato and pile of mixed greens.
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