Chelo means “cooked rice” in Persian, and kebabs at this mirror-lined family restaurant arrive alongside an enormous mound of saffron-topped grains. They’re delicious with a raw egg cracked on top—your server might assume you don’t want one, so be sure to ask—which cooks quickly as you weave it through the rice.
Our pick of the meats: the chelo kebab kubideh—juicy ground beef fragrant with spices. Chicken fans should experience the gamey, crisp-skinned Cornish-hen kebab, served on the bone.
Also good: Salad Shirazi, with diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions dressed simply in olive oil and lemon juice; panir sabzi, goat cheese served beneath a mound of fresh herbs; Persian tea.