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Posted by Like Turkish food on 05/11/2012
The food is good, nothing outstanding compared to other choices in the neighborhood. The size of the place is small - you can easily walk in and find they don't have room. But they've done a great job in a small space. The soups are incredible. Especially the yoghurt. Worth popping in for a take-out order of that.
Posted by Foodie on 04/06/2012
The food was ok, nothing outstanding. Everything was cold including what we ordered as hot entrees. We asked for it to be heated up, and were told there wasn't time as the restaurant would be closing soon. But new customers were coming in and being seated. Huh? No tap water! Is this the way to make money by forcing customers to buy mineral water at exorbitant prices? "No credit card below $20" - who does that? And who adds a gratuity for a party of 2? The owner was present on the night we were there. Very rude and arrogant to us, as well as to someone who walked in asking for a take out menu - it was like he had made the worst crime by asking for this. Won't be going back. The food is ok, but nothing worth putting up with the exceptionally poor service issues.
Posted by Concerned Customer on 01/05/2012
My first visit. The food was good, service prompt but the owner of the restaurant was very rude in moving us from our table. I fully understand the need not to linger in such a small restaurant and for there to be constant turnover but there should at least be some courtesy in requesting customers to leave. Politeness is not much to ask for.
Posted by Robert on 12/29/2011
Simply one of the best lunches I have ever had in Manhattan. The owner, Mr. Yegen, was there and takes great pride in the food and customer experience. Wonderful hospitality, great value, and the best cuisine of the Turkish region I've ever had. It is a small dining room more than made up for by the quality of the appetizers, entrees and desserts. My wife and daughter were with me, and we all agreed that we would return as soon as possible.
Posted by Torsten on 10/27/2011
Have tried all the Turkish places in the 40s--Akdeniz, Antalya, etc--and this place ranks up with them. Service was good, professional and quick. Ordered appetizers and a salad. Coban salad was amazing, ezme was too. Get the hot yogurt soup. Sounds bad but it's out of this world--consistency of potato leek soup, but smoother and with mint. Yum. Little disappointed with the artichoke appetizer, the peas and fava beans in the middle were brittle. The butternut squash dessert was unbelievably good, next time I'll just order three of these and that will be my meal!!
Posted by anonymous on 10/05/2011
As described in the New York Times, this little Turkish eatery is small, but leaves room for improvement. A friend and I went there for lunch and both of us ordered some "cold" appetizers: artichokes, hummus, chopped spinach, stuffed vine leaves, yogurt and bread. I had some pleasant tea as there was no tap water available. The presentation of the above fare was attractive on simple plates, but much to our surprise the food was indeed served "cold and chilly" as opposed to room temperature. The result was rather unpleasant as everything tasted the same and very bland. When we brought this up with the friendly and excellent staff at the end of our meal, we were not able to get an explanation for this although we were told that the bread was served warm at dinner. All this perplexing and a first-time experience when it comes to eating Middle Eastern and Turkish food, a favorite of my friend and mine. On the other hand, the other patrons looked happy and satisfied, and the atmosphere was animated. All to say, we plan to leave room for future patrons, who may rest assured of a warm welcome.
Posted by Turkish food lover on 07/14/2011
By far the best Turkish value in NYC. The food is great, the prices are affordable and the staff was friendly. Here you get more than what you pay for! A rare gem in a city of overpriced eateries.