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420 E. 59th St. (First Ave.) Send to Phone
Elevated Turkish cuisine at this elegant Eastside eatery.

Lunch Sat.-Sun., Dinner nightly

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Savarona Restaurant Review

: There’s Turkish cuisine in New York City and then there’s Savarona, a chic and stately East Side eatery overlooking the base of the Triborough Bridge. The elevated take on Turkish cuisine here largely works; in fact, as the meal proceeds, it only gets better. The starter of lobster-and-seafood-stuffed artichoke would benefit from lemon (and isn’t actually stuffed) while the meze platter mostly consists of bland sauces and a variety of eggplant purées. But the main dishes pick up where the starters may disappoint. The tender lamb stew is Istanbul in every bite, chunks of meat wading in a pool of creamy baba ghanouj-like eggplant that you wish would never end. The roasted Mediterranean umbrina, cooked in parchment and surrounded by forest mushrooms and Champagne foam, is flaky and full of flavor. But save room for dessert. The avant-garde dessert menu has a lot to tempt, but the pistachio-chocolate dome (with vanilla cream) and pistachio and cinnamon helva win us over alone. The wine list mostly sticks to the Mediterranean, and includes a few surprisingly good Turkish wines.
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