The cuisines of many Middle Eastern countries tend to blend together but one thing remains distinct; they’re delicious.
If you find yourself on the upper east side and are looking for a low key place to grab dinner with family or friends, add Shalezeh to your repertoire of restaurants.
Along with sister restaurant Persepolis, this Persian restaurant is dishing out authentic food at relatively inexpensive prices. The servers are attentive and happily answered my questions.
While the table ordered a plethora of food, I only snagged photos of a few things. Needless to say, a lot of the menu was gluten-free, including: hummus (ask for cucumbers to dip), eggplant dip, rice, falafel, the yogurt dips, the sauteed spinach (to name a few). If you are unsure, just ask!
Some of the food:
What’s also on the plate is a scoop of hummus I took from our appetizer order.
I substituted the rice for veggies (proper food pairing) on this dish. The spicy cilantro dipping sauce was an awesome complement to the fish. All the kebabs (chicken, lamb, sirloin) were gluten-free.
I tried some of my father’s rice and it was delicious (& GF). I was also told the meatball was gluten-free (made with rice and potatoes).
After dinner we grabbed the trio of ice cream for dessert – including a rose petal flavored scoop, which was interesting.
Check out some more food photos on their yelp page here.
Pros: Delicious, authentic, inexpensive food
Cons: Pretty far uptown