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Posted by hungryinny on 12/21/2010
The wife was out of town so I ate at the bar by myself. The eggplant puree in the Sultan's Platter was excellent. The lamb was very good as well. It could have been seasoned a touch more maybe with a bit of salt or lemon? Turkish Tea was very flavorful. Each time an employee passed by the bar area they asked how I was enjoying my meal and were open to discussing how the meal would be served in Turkey as opposed to the U.S. I will definitely be going back.
Posted by levo on 11/05/2010
if you are looking for a great Turkish restaurant, this is it !!! we walked in without reservations on thursday night around 7:30 pm and were seated at a nice table. Food was great and the service was top notch. we have eaten once and will continue to come back. Good luck!!!!
Posted by Anonymous on 10/09/2010
I think that this is the best Turkish casual restaurant on UES. Meze is great with authentic flavor (at least based on my limited time in Turkey) and none of these sodium bombs that other places serve. Grilled meat is also quite good. Overall, I think it is the best on UES and just a notch lower than Turkish Kitchen.
Posted by nil on 09/23/2010
it has been great experience for all of my friends and me, food was delicious, service was extraordinary
Posted by George Kunt on 09/18/2010
I havent tried turkish food at all until last Wednesday. Marmara just opened up in my neighborhood. I wasnt sure either try or leave it alone. I decided to give it a shot. oh my god, it is delicious. i liked it very much. whatever i ordered is amazingly good. i am very pleased with the service too.
Posted by sarah on 09/08/2010
Since we all can't jet to Istanbul, this is one of the best kept secrets in the city to experience real Turkish comfort foods with a great ambience. Start with the red lentil soup, served with a wedge of lemon: delicious, mild and satisfying. The calamari has a nice, light tasty breading. And we shared a meatball grilled plate for our main dish, served with french fries and rice, and a grilled tomato and pepper. Amazing turkish bread and yougurt dip and a spicy tomato dip are served as well. For dessert, try the rice pudding, served in a generous oven-baked bowl, with a nice browned top. A good wine list and friendly, top-knotch service.
Posted by Serious About Food on 09/08/2010
Recommended by Turkish friends who are very serious about food, have now tried this restaurant several times and found it consistently top quality. My own judgment is based only on general food appreciation, being familiar with Mediterranean generally, but my real expert dinner companions say also that the Turkish dishes are "the real thing" and compare favorably with the best of Istanbul. Regarding the wine list, they offer some really decent Turkish reds (haven't tried the whites) as well as a respectable list of other wines you'd expect in a good restaurant. For a change, though, instead of wine suggest trying the Raki -- similar to Greek ouzo, but smoother -- which is served together with ice and water to allow individual mixing according to taste and tolerance.