[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

We're on the hunt for the best Turkish food in New York (any tips, send them our way), and while Ali Baba's pide, one of the restaurant's specialties, were more heavy than tasty, these Sigara Boregi ($6.50) hit the spot.

Sigara boregi are tubes of flaky pastry filled with things like potato or cheese. The glorious funk of Ali Baba's feta filling is tempered just enough by the addition of some parsley, and the thin filo wrapper turns crisp and extra-flaky from a slow pan-fry. I usually bake my sigara boregi, but after trying these, that may have to change.

To take full advantage of these savory pastries, order some creamy, tangy lebne ($6.50) on the side. It's dairy on dairy separated by a thin layer of fried dough, a fine way to start any meal.

Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

212 East 34th Street, New York NY 10016 (map)

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.


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