I am writing to answer Jim's Outer boroughs challenge. You're so right, big dog! In my own defence, my abilty to eat out has been hampered of late since I lost my sweet consulting gig at Pfizer. Ever since Pfizer Pfired me (budget cutbacks) I've been cooking a lot more, which is easy to do with the awesome grocery stores and veggie markets in this hood.
Anyway, I digress. I would like to take the opportunity to sing the praises of Kazan, which I know has been mentioned on here before but deserves more attention. Everything I've had there has been fantastic. My favorite is Adana Kebab, which is ground lamb mixed with spices and formed into a sort of tube of meaty deliciousness. It's served over fluffy rice with some token greens on the side. Yum! The appetizers are wonderful too. The best thing to do is ask the waiter what he recommends. I've always had the same waiter when I've gone. His name escapes me right now, but he's short and kinda paunchy, with glasses and a big smile. He likes to make recommendations, and if you order something he thinks isn't great that day he'll tell you. During my last visit, I tried to order some appetizer (forget what), and he advised against it. He recommended instead a feta-filo thing, which was delicious. Little rolls of filo dough wrapped around a feta cheese mixture spiced with something yummy. I haven't ever had anything like it. Almost like a Turkish spring roll. The desserts are good too. I posted a few months ago about the rice pudding- best I've ever had!
Kazan recently enhanced their decor with some red cloths draped over the ceiling, creating a romantic, sultan's lair sort of effect. I think it's much nicer now- before, it was a bit too bright and white. The sad thing is, this place always seems to be empty. Queens hounds, come eat here! It's worth a trek, and it's a half block from the 63rd drive stop on the G-V-R.
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