Turkish-born chef forges Middle Eastern comfort food for Midtown East crowds
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You can order anything on the menu, such as grape leaves stuffed with rice, pine nuts, and currants, and the ali nazik’s ground lamb served over a bed of mashed eggplant with yogurt and garlic sauce.
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- Appetizer—braised artichokes with fava beans ($10) and falafel hummus ($9)
- Entrees—chicken shish kebab ($12.50), vegetable casserole ($9.50), and braised lamb with caramelized onions ($11)
- Dessert—baklava ($5) and almond pudding ($4.50)
Total Bill: $51
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About Bi Lokma
Bi Lokma takes its name from the Turkish words for “one bite,” but most diners at this Midtown East spot find it hard to stop there. A standout on a block of impersonal chain restaurants, Bi Lokma's "deliciously handmade" fare draws crowds at lunch, when “a takeout line trails out the open door,” according to the New York Times. Dishes devised by Istanbul-born chef Orhan Yegen, also of Sip Sak, highlight the bold, yet approachable flavors of smoky eggplant, tangy housemade yogurt, and accents like dill and pomegranate molasses. Although the menu features a handful of vegetarian-friendly items, including a vegetable casserole with string beans, zucchini, and carrots, ground lamb appears in numerous dishes, including the ali nazik, which New York Magazine lauded as “so good you'll fight dining companions to mop up every last bit.”