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Hemsin--MOMA QNS

Nancy S. | Mar 10, 2003 02:42 PM

Thanks to the Chowhounders who recommended the Turkish restaurant Hemsin (Queens Blvd at 39th St) as a good option near MOMA QNS. My husband and I just had a very enjoyable lunch there: Smoky and good baba ghanouj; a Turkish "pizza" called Lahmacun (which Mark Bittman recommended in his NYT blurb last year)--thin crispy crust topped with thin layer of ground lamb and veggies--excellent!; and the mixed grill. On the latter, we especially liked the "chicken adana", which is ground chicken with a lot of spicy flavor. Lamb chop and lamb and chicken kebabs were very good also. Baklava was much too good....

Their prices are *very* reasonable. They don't have a liquor license and they welcome you to bring your own wine or beer. And since it's "Hemsin Restaurant and Bakery", they're open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and I'm betting their breakfast pastries are great.

BTW, can anyone tell me why there are two 39th Streets off of Queens Blvd? We were walking from MOMA to the restaurant, and came to 34th, 35th, 36th, 37th, 38th, 39th.....and then 39th again! In any event, it was well worth the short walk.

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