- $25 for $45 worth of Turkish food
- See the full menu
Way back in 1997, a wrestler from Turkey decided to bring his native cuisine to New York City. Since then, Riza Atas has passed Istanbul Restaurant onto his son—but the eatery still retains its traditional Turkish cachet, especially in the food. Here's a sampling of what you'll find on the menu.
Selections from the Menu
- Yaprak sarma: grape leaves stuffed with pine nuts and turkish rice, served as an appetizer
- Midye tava: a hot appetizer of shelled mussels fried in a pan and served with garlic sauce
- Alabalik: whole rainbow trout, either chargrilled or pan-fried, and drizzled with a lemon-oil dressing, served as a main course
- Beyti kebab: ground lamb seasoned with red pepper, parsley, and garlic, topped with a tomato sauce and enfolded in the pita-like lavash bread