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Posted by Matt on 07/25/2011
I've tried literally every Turkish restaurant I can find in the city, and Smyrna is by far the best. The food is fresh, healthy, and incredible. I highly recommend the Spicy mashed vegtables and the eggplant in sauce.
Posted by fussbudget on 07/19/2011
Picked Smyrna because of positive reviews on this site, and very happy with the choice. Had a pre-theater dinner there on Saturday night and enjoyed it immensely. Restaurant is only 6 months old, and the owner is a very hands-on presence, constantly patrolling the room to make sure everyone is well satisfied. Nice to see a place that doesn't take its patrons for granted! They DO have a liquor license and there is a nice wine list with wines from Argentina, the U.S., France, Australia and Turkey, by the glass as well as the bottle. Restaurant is beautifully decorated in a Mediterranean style and the tables, though not large, are well spaced. You don't feel that you are sitting in your neighbor's lap. Service by the all-Turkish staff is refreshingly attentive as well as professional, and they are not only willing but eager to describe any item on the menu. We had the "small" appetizer plate of mixed spreads (hummus, eggplant, spicy vegetable and cucumber/yogurt) and it was more than enough for two people, along with an endless supply of fresh, HOT bread and warm olive oil for dipping. We could have stopped eating right then, but of course we did not. Hubby ordered the lamb-stuffed cabbage and I had grilled lamb chunks over an eggplant and yogurt puree that was a perfect match. We were both very pleased with our dinners. Only caveat: instead of dessert menu they bring samples around on a large tray, and the various types of tea are just lying out there in envelopes, which I thought a rather too-casual display. Not a big deal, but not in keeping with the otherwise extremely classy style of the rest of the presentations. (The main menus, for example, are in huge, leather-bound books.) But, it's a small matter, and maybe they'll iron out those kinks as they go along. Give Smyrna a try.
Posted by NYC Diner on 06/07/2011
Love this place, food is great, but must caution diners about the servers. If they offer (push) an after dinner drink on you it will show up on your bill. We foolishly thought it was a comp since we said no and it still showed up. Just be aware unless you refuse you will be billed.
Posted by Art F on 05/26/2011
Authentic dishes and great service. I know some about Middle Eastern food and Smyrna brings together great tastes from the region you won't want to miss. So many great flavors and its healthy for you too! You must try it!
Posted by Lynda Extract on 05/16/2011
Walked in a whim after a show. It was well worth it. Great food, service, atmosphere and reasonably priced. We were brought dishes recommended by the waiter - a ground lamb dish over pureed eggplant and turkish dumplings. The sampler of the hummus, babaganoush and tzatziki were the best along with the fresh bread. To top it off - takaifi. Gave us a complimentary drink that tasted like apple cider. It was out of the way and not one of the touristy restaurants, but well worth the trip. Can't wait to go back again.
Posted by Girlygirl on 04/12/2011
Saw the reviews on this site, and decided to try it. Table was a little too small but that was probably my only complaint. The sampler appetizer was wonderful! Bread was delicious! No complaints here at all! Can't wait to go back again. I highly recommend this place.
Posted by nancyb on 03/24/2011
Chose this restaurant after reading reviews. We were not disappointed. Waiter explained everything to us. Service was great! All the food was tasty & the waiter realized I didn't like spicy food & he removed the dishes with extreme heat from my plate. Dessert was extraordinary. Only problem was my lamb was a little too salty. Waiter offered to replace it with another dish, I declined & just asked for some yogurt to cut the salt. All in all a wonderful experience.