Leyla, a new Turkish and Mediterranean restaurant, is open at 108 West 74th Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues. The restaurant comes from several partners, including Huseyin Ozer of Bodrum. Located on the ground level of a townhouse, the space is adorned with Turkish fixtures, paintings, tapestries, exposed white brick and ceramic tile floors.
The Upper West Side restaurant is divided into three sections: the bar, the main dining area and the garden room dining area.
The bar is located right by the entrance and seats eight. They’re still finalizing the drink list, but expect a number of Turkish wines.
Between the two dining rooms, the restaurant will be able to seat 54 people.
All of the plates are meant to be shared. Some foods to highlight include:
Their “pide”, or flat breads. Here’s their short rib and vegetable pide.
A lamb shank, slow cooked with porcini orzo risotto.
Mezzes and salads – like this beetroot carpaccio salad.
Eggplant Caviar with charred onion, bell pepper and garlic served with house made toasted sourdough bread.
All photos courtesy of LEYLA.Dessert menu highlights include a tahini and honey flatbread topped with toasted walnuts, as well as a phyllo dough filled with milk pudding and topped with pink peppercorn.
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