Just a head's up to those looking for a new, very good Turkish spot in NYC. A few nights ago a few of us went to AY KITCHEN, on Lexington and 27th, and had an excellent meal.
AY is located across the street from Curry in a Hurry, in a spot where a few restaurants have come and gone over the past couple of years. It is comfortable, informal, but well done.
The owner and staff couldn't be nicer. We were approached a number of times and asked if we needed anything, how was our meal, etc. Although the spot was recently mentioned in the NY Times, and business is up, I believe, it still doesn't get packed and its a place that should survive.
Our apps all were very good, fresh, light. Not heavy handed with garlic, salt, etc. Both the few lamb dishes we ordered (outstanding iskendar kebab and a ground lamb kebab) and the grilled fish were great. If I had any complaint its that the spic factor could be brought up a notch. When asked they brought over two different hot sauces. Small wine list. Good desserts.
In any event, for those looking for someplace new to try, its a great option. Stuck in the middle of Curry Hill its a bit incongruous but, the food and service are great. Cheers.
Curry in a Hurry
119 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016
115 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016