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Tanoreen--Bay Ridge

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Tanoreen--Bay Ridge

psistrom | Feb 16, 2003 01:48 PM

Sure it was reviewed in New York magazine, but Tanoreen, on 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge, between 77th and 78th, deserves serious study. (I think it's Turkish, but I'm not a reliable source.) I scoured the Outer Boroughs Board and found a scant two references, and passing ones at that, so here's a brief report based on one visit. Great cold salads--go to the case and point at several that catch your eye (we had one with brussel sprouts, one with fried cauliflower, and one with eggplant and tomato with a deft mix of tartness and sweetness)and have a combination plate. I glanced at the menu's entrees, but was too distracted by the specials--I had a lamb shank with a sauce of tomatoes and tiny okra, and tasted a tiny squash stuffed with lamb and pine nuts in a tart yogurt sauce. (Don't panic--the dish came with three or four of the squashes.) These were picked at random from a half dozen or so that sounded equally good. The place is sparse, but pleasant, and the service is eager and warm.

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