Set to open on August 15 in the Flatiron District, Nar, translating to “pomegranate” in Turkish, is a symbol of prosperity and happiness. The trio behind this culinary marvel, Andy E. Arkun, Erhan Bahceci, and Zeynep Tansung, have fused their expertise to unveil a modern Turkish culinary experience to New Yorkers.
- Background: Andy E. Arkun is a seasoned restaurant industry professional who commenced his culinary journey at The Polo in the Westbury Hotel, a space once graced by renowned chefs like Daniel Boloud and Thomas Keller. Erhan Bahceci, Arkun’s long-time friend, owns a chain of supermarkets throughout NYC. Zeynep Tansug plays a pivotal role as the General Coordinator of the Izmir Commodity Exchange, ensuring that spices, oils, and other ingredients from Turkey are seamlessly incorporated into Nar’s menu.
- Cuisine: Nar offers reimagined regional Turkish dishes. The culinary odyssey starts with the Meze Sampler, with delights such as Babaganoush and Muhammara. Patrons can relish cold appetizers like Sundried Eggplant and Pepper Dolma and the reconstructed Turkish Shakshuka. The hot appetizers feature the likes of Nar Icli Kofte and Zucchini Blossoms. Main courses, such as the Nar Kebab and Sultan’s Bliss, promise to tantalize the taste buds.
- Desserts: Dessert enthusiasts can indulge in Kazandibi with Cinnamon Gannage, Cennet Camuru, and the Turkish Delight Lava Cake.
- Beverages: Spearheaded by Andy and Karim El Sherif, Nar’s wine program spotlights Mediterranean vintages from Spain, Italy, France, and Turkey. The list boasts wines like Côtes D’Avanos Narince Chardonnay and Corvus Cruturk from Turkey. The cocktail range, crafted by Ilia Sejdho and Alexis Casares, presents signatures such as Turkish Delight and The Orient Express.
- Ambiance: The restaurant design exudes vibes of the Aegean Sea. The turquoise blue chairs contrast beautifully with walls clad in white-washed reclaimed wood, transporting guests to the Turkish shoreline. Art lovers will appreciate a painting of Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi by Lia Ali.
- Location: Nar is located at 34 East 20th Street, New York, NY 10003.
For those looking for an authentic Turkish culinary experience infused with modern twists, Nar is the place to be.