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Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine
Posted by Turkish Critique on 07/21/2006
I am Turkish, and I have been to almost all Turkish restaurants in the New York Area. I have to say, that out of all of them, Ali Babas is the best. For appetizers, I recommend the humus, babaganoush, and boreg (hot turkish pastry with sharp cheese). For dinner, all of the meat dishes are superb- especially the beyti kebab. However, even if you are a vegetarian, there are many excellent vegetable dishes, especially one with okra in it (i forgot the name- just ask the friendly waiters). And for desert, try their kazandibi (turkish custard).
Posted by Anonymous on 07/11/2006
Great fresh food in a comfortable atmosphere. For starters, they brought us bread fresh out of the oven. It was great. The baba ganoush was fantastic. The salmon dish we got was wonderful as well. This place is a great value and highly recommended.
Posted by Joe from TFG on 04/06/2006
I was astounded and delighted that food so good could be had at such a reasonable price in NYC . We had the octopus salad and grilled calamari for appetizers and they were both excellent. I had the lamb shank which was prepared as good as it gets. I have paid much more for food nowhere as good in NYC. Because of the large number of restaurants here, I try not to do a repeat but I will definitely go back to Ali Baba. The biggest problem I will have is deciding what to order. I will want to try other items on the menu but was so pleased with the octopus, calamari and lamb shank, it will dificult to not order them again.
Posted by David M. on 03/31/2006
My wife and I came to New York City from a nearby state and we heard and wanted to try Ali Baba"s. We heard and read wonderful things about the place and because my wife is Turkish, this would be truly a treat for her as well as I. The food was wonderful but for some reason the waiter left the premises and we were served by bus people who were hispanic, who spoke very little english. They tried to accomondate us but at the end of the meal, we waited for a long time and no one came by to offer us dessert or to give us our check. I had to get up and go to the bar for our check and that when the person behind the bar told us what happened with the waiter. It could had been an isolated incident, but the service was truly less than desirable. Would we go back again? Yes, but hopefully they will improve themselves in this vital key area. By the way, the Cop Shisk was wonderful, The lamb was tender and flavorful as well as the Doner and Lahmacun. Just enough spices that the flavors blended together well. As a former culinary arts professional, I had tried all kinds of cuisine as I feel that this place is one for the record books. As for the service incident, it was probably been one of those days, which we all had at one time or another.
Posted by frequent visitor on 03/23/2006
I had no idea what to expect when I first ate here a few months ago. Well I have been back about 5 times since and introduced to others. The food is excellent, expecially the mixed appetizer. The last time I was there I had swordfish kebab, out of this world, as is their Turkish coffee. Some of the waiters are not the best, but we have a favorite. Also, the spinach with dill and the pides are to die for!
Posted by gubiba on 03/15/2006
I have been to Ali Baba many times and all I can say is that the food is exquisite. However, the service may be slow depending on the number of people dining while you are there. The food is very high quailty and they try to make their customers happy.
Posted by food critic on 03/14/2006
I am a Turkish American who lives in NYC. I discovred Ali Baba restaurant back in 2000. It was then a small and simple place. But the food was great, people were friendly. What happened to Ali BAba? It changed its atmosphere, now it has a shiny look. But the prices went up as the friendliness of the owners and the service went down. Ali Baba is not a good example of Turkish hospitality. Oh well. It is not good..