Seventh Heaven: Dining Along the 7 Train
by Julie Besonen, 02/26/2013
Lahmacun, fried liver cubes and "shepard salad." Photo: Alexander Thompson
7 Train Stop: 40th St./Lowery St.
42-03 Queens Blvd., 718-392-3838, Sunnyside, Queens
Once rural farmland, Sunnyside today is densely populated with immigrants from all over the globe. This vibrant, friendly neighborhood is conveniently served by the 7 train, the elevated tracks of which overlook the wonderful Turkish Grill, whose tasteful decor includes tables with white linen tablecloths, hanging lights with sleek black lamp shades, and red accents. Start with puffy, chewy and warm Turkish bread and a selection of spreads, such as baba ghanoush, hummus and lebni (thick homemade yogurt with walnuts, garlic and dill). Lahmacun—Turkish-style pizza—is another must, topped here with ground lamb, chopped vegetables and parsley. High-quality lamb kebabs and chicken Adana over rice with grilled peppers go beautifully with Turkish wine. There's a cinema on the same block where tickets are as low as $5 a pop, allowing for an affordable dinner-and-a-movie night.