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Posted by Anonymous on 02/16/2013
What an opportunity to own a restaurant in a needy neighborhood -- i would go more often if it weren't for the physical discomfort -- no heat in winter -- no apologies ( " it will come on in 10 minutes" ) and never did -- Food is good though! They could have comp'd dessert - or the coffees. Lack of interest in customer - not nice.
Posted by NYC Attorney on 05/17/2012
The food is fine. Doesn't knock your socks off. The service is spotty (e.g., hard to get a check and then pay for it as you wave wildly to be seen; another time I couldn't get anyone's attention after I sat at the bar). And my pet peeve: For a $4 cup of coffee, to tell the patron that if you want another cup, you have to pay another $4, is unseemly. I think the decor, as it is quite charming, probably does more to keep the place going than anything else. I don't think the owners feel compelled to make other aspects of this restaurant experience very appealing.
Posted by neighbor on 02/04/2012
I love this place - IMO the food is a notch above the typical Turkish place. The prices reflect that a bit, but I think it's worth it. I love all the mezes, especially the lentil soup, zucchini pancakes, white bean salad and octopus. The branzini is really simply done, which I like. Adana yogurtlu is great. I'm boggled by the reviewers saying the service is bad. I've had the complete opposite experience - they have 2 or 3 of my favorite servers in the neighborhood (the city for that matter), although I think my fave left - haven't seen her in a while. I find them very attentive and friendly. They add to the relaxed atmosphere and make this my go-to restaurant after a rough day at work.
Posted by xemper on 11/04/2011
The place is cute, and cozy. Some of the food we ate was good (chicken and lamb chops), but some was bad, especially kofte (Turkish meatballs). It was extremely salty and hard. Pricing was on the high site which doesn't justify the food and service we got. Food and Price was tolerable, but the service was not. Our waitress didn't even smile a single time all evening, and gave us a big attitude when she thought we didn't tip her and didn't sign the CC receipt. It was a honest mistake that we didn't sign one of the receipts, and the tip was actually on that one and not the other. That was very rude the way she told us about the tip although we tipped her very generously according to NY standards. After that episode, we should have taken away our tip, but we didn't. However, we will not recommend this restaurant to our neighborhood friends. If I were the owner of this restaurant, I would really pay attention to my staff, and coach them on their customer service skills. At the end, your restaurant is as good as your staff is because they represent your restaurant and reputation.
Posted by Sevi on 07/11/2011
I have been living in the New York City for more than twenty years and have been to many Turkish restaurants. I must tell this one is the worst I have been to. Rude service, cold food served, and yet very expensive.
Posted by upper east sider on 04/08/2011
food was pretty good. however, the service was NOT. after paying the bill the server asked me where her tip was not realizing that we left a cash tip on the table. shocked with that comment. overall - didn't love the experience and the service was far from good.
Posted by foodfinder on 08/05/2010
This is a delightful place, and a fun place to have a small group of six. The mezze are all delicious, especially the smoked eggplant (essentially baba ganoush) and tarama salata (both with addictive bread), cheese cigars, and surprisingly wonderful stuffed grape leaves. A great value is the Mezze for Two (or something like that), which is a platter of about 5 cold spreads and a bottle of turkish white or red wine, all for $30. Start with that and add a few other mezze and you have a great meal. It's also a nice way to get a group dinner going. Amongst the entrees, another great item to share is the small meet dumplings in yogurt sauce. Absolutely delicious. And among desserts, the almond pudding is unusual and a real treat.