A blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot on a busy highway, this cozy eatery serves authentic Turkish and Mediterranean dishes. Decor is minimal, but the back wall does feature a framed blue-and-gold embroidered chapan, or coat, common in Central Asia.
Alev, a family-run business, opened in 2018. Manager Tulin Cagatay says the aim is to recreate the dishes her family grew up eating in Istanbul. Most of the recipes were passed down by her grandparents.
Start with a Mediterranean classic, stuffed grape leaves, or falafel (right). For an entrée, try the chicken kofte, which are ground chicken patties made with a blend of lively spices and herbs. For dessert, Cagatay recommends the baklava, which comes as two small, crunchy cakes, with a drizzle of honey syrup on top and crushed pistachios pressed into all four sides.
Iskender is a “secret” menu item, popular among regulars. The dish consists of pita topped with yogurt, gyro meat and a tomato-based sauce. The staff can substitute a different meat on request.Click here to leave a comment
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