A Sandwich a Day: Turkish 'Meatballs' at 7 Spices
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At 7 Spices, a Turkish restaurant in the East Village, the meatballs come grilled. They're kofte, well charred and plenty juicy, and they're stuffed into poofy pita ($8.50) or a larger, thinner wrap ($9.95). The adornments are minimal—carrot, tomato, lettuce—and the spices are subtle, keeping this sandwich all about the juicy blend of beef and lamb in two ounce patties. All too often kofte are slowly cooked over a low flame, left to dry out until they're fired (read: made sooty) to order. Not here: only fresh meatballs allowed. Need some embellishment? Yogurt sauce on the side will do well.