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Posted by lesResident on 04/28/2005
I love Bereket. The owners and all the guys that work there are great, good, friendly people. The place is spotless clean and the atmosphere for a casual meal is non-pretentious and comfortable. The food is consistently terrific. The best lentil soup I've ever had. Great hummus and stuffed grape leaves. The Kebabs, especially Adana and Shish, are great. But don't miss the daily specials which usually run out by 7 or 7:30 or so in the evening, so get on those early. Some days you can get a slow simmered leg of lamb that isn't on the menu but that's terrific. Don't miss the turkish coffee either, if you're not afraid of a little caffeine. This stuff'll send you to the moon. Skip the old standby stuff like falafel and gyros when eating at Bereket. Go for a real meal and you won't be disappointed.
Posted by your LES neighbor on 12/26/2004
Freshest meal you'll find in NYC for 5 bucks.
Posted by NYC_PrinCeSS on 11/12/2004
This place has the best turkish food for that price, the atmosphere is great. The people are really nice. And most of all, the food always stays the same. They have the best adana kebab and mercimek corbasi (lentil soup). Make sure you try their kaza dibi.. Its great and inexpensive. That's what I love about it.. Open all the time, and they never let you down and it's so inexpensive. It especially tastes great after going out all night. Another comment to those people who say it hurts your stomache.. When your drunk.. anything will hurt your stomache... so dont eat anything if you're too drunk.
Posted by eno_nyc on 10/03/2004
I can't imagine what the other reviewers are going on about? The food quality is always top notch. Have a lentil soup or eggplant salad sandwich for a light meal that is a great value, my fave is the Adana Kebab. Besides the food, I always appreciated the cafeteria-like atmosphere, reminds me of my 2 trips to Turkey where places like this dotted the roads through the countryside. Non-descript, but full of friendly faces and traditional music. This place offers both. I've been going to this joint for about 15 years now. they've expanded in that time, but never lost the friendly touch. The lower east side has become infested with bars and trust fund kiddies over the years, a Doner Kebab is the perfect food to fill a drunk belly after hitting the bars, and they do so. The place is packed at night on the weekends. Much like the turkish kebab houses I've seen in London. the defacto stumble-out-the-pub food. good stuff, check it out.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/08/2004
My local tapas place (Azafran) is closed on Mondays. Helena's at Astor Place closed after 9/11. So I thought I would try 1492. After eating some tapas at 1492 for the first time, I wish I had gone to Bereket instead. The garlicky shrimp were very good and the atmosphere at 1492 was sublime. That said, the value and delicious Turkish food in the cafeteria setting of Bereket would have been better! Next time I hop on the M15 I'll head right for Bereket. (Where can someone get delicious tapas that don't break the bank in NYC? ?????)
Posted by Anonymous on 03/01/2004
in respone to the guy who always gets sick go see a doctor and drink less the food here is really good love the lentle soup
Posted by Anonymous on 02/22/2004
i as well as many others ive spoken to, always get physically sick after eating this stuff. but nothing else is open at all hours