Istanbul Cafe, 245 Crown St., New Haven, (203) 787-3881

<a href="http://www.istanbulcafect.com/"target="_blank">Istanbul Cafe</a>, serves authentic Turkish cuisine. Some favorites from their menu include, at left, Hunkar Begendi, or Sultan's Delight, a tomato marinated lamb with creamy smoked eggplant, Soguk Meze, upper right, a sampling of different vegetarian appetizers arrayed in a colorful ring, and the classic dessert Baklava, filo pastry layered with crushed walnuts and pistachios soaked in sweet syrup.

( Bob MacDonnell / Hartford Courant )

Istanbul Cafe, serves authentic Turkish cuisine. Some favorites from their menu include, at left, Hunkar Begendi, or Sultan's Delight, a tomato marinated lamb with creamy smoked eggplant, Soguk Meze, upper right, a sampling of different vegetarian appetizers arrayed in a colorful ring, and the classic dessert Baklava, filo pastry layered with crushed walnuts and pistachios soaked in sweet syrup.

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