I went to this Turkish restaurant on Coney Island Avenue between Avenue P and Quentin Road for the second time last night. Once again, the food was very good (shy of excellent), and I highly recommend this place.
We started with cacik, tarama, pastrami, and sigara boreki. Of these I only did not care for the pastrami - homemade and very strong in the cumin department especially - but really this was just not to my personal taste and the other three in my group inhaled it. The tarama was excellent, among the best I have had. The sigara were better than the last time I ate here - much less dill. The cacik was fine but better as a side to the main dishes than as a starter on its own.
For mains we had a shish kebab with hot yogurt, a pide with chopped filet mignon and green peppers and cheese (I think kasseri cheese), a pide with spicy sausage (again kasseri cheese), and a gyro. The portions are put of control, just huge. Way too much food! One pide is probably enough per table as it gets a bit same-y. The sausage had the edge. Both kebab dishes were excellent, although I think I prefer the Iskender kebab I had on my first visit there - this is the gyro meat with tomato sauce and hot yogurt and the mix of lavros is excellent.
We had a side of fries as well - fries there are pretty tasty, if a little soggy.
We brought our own wine and a bottle of jack daniels - we didn't pay so not sure if there is a corkage fee. We ordered cokes for the jack daniels and they brought a nice ice dish wth tongs. Service is friendly if a little slow - it was kind of hard to catch someone's eye, but they were entertaining several large parties (on a Monday night, no less!). Definitely did not have any negative impact on our experience there, though.
Although the desserts at Taci's are very good, we had spotted a new-looking cafe on the way there and decided to stop by there and pick up desert to take home. This place is a few doors down to the south of Taci's on Coney Island Ave and is called Gulluoglu Baklava and Cafe. They have a nice assortment of Turkish desserts - various kinds of baklava and more - plus western cakes as well. I bought a huge slice of kataifi for $4, plus the very friendly woman there gave me a bizarre-looking item I was curiously eyeing, just to promote the product! Very nice! I haven;t tried it yet but it's called a raisin sausage and is literally that - a long sausage-looking thing made out of raisins and stuffed with walnuts. It looks a little obscene but no doubt tasty.
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