Nar, a symbol of happiness and prosperity in Turkish, has arrived in Flatiron. The restaurant, led by a team of Turkish chefs, is showcasing fresh ingredients from Union Square Market and Pennsylvania’s Amish Country. Spices and aromatics are imported from Turkey and all of the dishes meet Halal standards.
The space at Nar is meant to evoke the Aegean Sea with turquoise accents and white-washed wood. The dining room features a painting of famed the Persian poet and scholar Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi by artist and designer Lia Ali.
The experience at Nar begins with a Meze Sampler with Babaganoush, Hummus, Pistachio dip and Muhammara made with walnuts, tomato, and pomegranate molasses. It is followed by hot and cold appetizers such as Sundried Eggplant and Pepper Dolma, a re-interpreted peasant dish of eggplant and red bell peppers stuffed with rice, pine nuts, and pomegranate; and Zucchini Blossoms, filled Turkish cheeses that are lightly battered and fried.
Main courses include the Nar Kebab made of minced beef and lamb grilled over a natural olive tree charcoal grill; Nar’s signature Quail on Skewer offers hints of cinnamon, currant, pine nut with a cracked wheat pilaf; and Sultan’s Bliss is made with lamb shank seared and then slow cooked for three hours. It is served with eggplant caviar over white bean purée.
Hard to find desserts are also being showcased like Kazandibi with Cinnamon Gannage, a traditional caramelized milk pudding dating back to the Ottoman Empire, and Cennet Camuru, a traditional dessert featuring house-made vanilla ice cream served over shredded kataifi pastry and pistachio.
The wine program is centered on Mediterranean producers from Spain, France, Italy, and Turkey, as well as a select list of American wines with many bottles under $100. Visitors will also find cocktails inspired by the flavors of the Middle East.
Nar is located at 34 East 20th Street, New York, NY (917) 388-3195. For more information, visit narrestaurant.nyc