Located on charming tree-lined west 74th Street, in the heart of the Upper West Side, Leyla is Manhattan’s newest Mediterranean brasserie that combines key elements of Turkish rustic-haute cuisine with a worldly takes of the finest mediterranean recipes. The menu showcases some of the most celebrated products in Turkey, brought from Mediterranean coast or Maramara region in Istanbul, with Eggplant Caviar, Branzino Crudo, and famous Lahmacun.
Tastes of the Mediterranean, and especially Turkey, are to be served at this Upper West Side newcomer from Huseyin Ozer, who owns Bodrum NYC farther uptown, and Berna Erbilgin Gundogdu. They bill it as being brasserie-style. It has a bar, a dining room and a garden, all enlivened with Turkish touches like ikat textiles. The chef, Met Kaba, makes use of a ceramic oven for flatbreads, including lahmajun topped with minced meat. Other dishes, in portions meant for sharing, include sun-dried eggplant stuffed with pilaf, quinoa hummus salad, zucchini fritters, eriste pasta with lamb in a brown butter-yogurt sauce, and a freekeh risotto with vegetables. (Wednesday, March 6, 2019)