6 at 77th St.
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65th St. to 84th St., York Ave. to Park Ave.
This candlelit corner restaurant brings a bit of authentic Turkish spice to the Upper East Side. The house’s warm, pocketless pita bread makes an ideal vessel for devouring creamy hummus topped with a generous dash of paprika. Well-seasoned kebabs don’t disappoint: Chunks of chicken breast are enriched by their yogurt marinade and come perfectly charred, accented with large croutons soaked in a savory garlic sauce; tender and juicy lamb gets lighter sides of chopped tomatoes flecked with parsley and a salty red coleslaw. Meat may be the star here, but the kitchen also succeeds with an appetizer of roasted baby eggplant stuffed with red peppers and served cold; it’s soft enough to eat with a fork without being mushy. Big plates of tasty food will steal your focus from the lackluster and narrow setting, which quickly goes from sort-of-cozy to cramped at the height of service.Recommended Dishes
Chicken yogurt kebabs, $16.95; lamb shish kebab, $17.95