In the vast culinary wasteland known as Great Neck, Long Island (Peter Luger's excepted), I happened upon an oasis of deliciousness in Tulip, a Turkish restaurant across from the main post office and near the LIRR train station.
My meal started with zucchini pancakes (Mucver) described as shredded zucchini, scallions, dill and feta cheese lightly pan-fried and topped with yogurt garlic sauce. Tasty treats. My wife had the shepperd (sic) salad (aka coban). The tomatoes and cucumbers were suprisingly fresh and the salad outstanding. An auspicious beginning. Gratis delicious puffy turkish bread (pide?), topped with black and white sesame seeds, was placed on the table.
For the main course, I had the adana kebab (ground chicken mixed with hot red peppers) for $11.95. Two full length skewer-sized pieces, it was extremely moist, seasoned perfectly (a nice jolt of spice) and accompanied by rice. My wife enjoyed her chicken shish-kebab, describing it as flavorful and moist.
The service was very friendly and the whole experience immensely enjoyable. While we went midweek, belly dancing and live music is apparently available on Friday and Saturday.
Tulip is definitely a must try for those in the area.
4 Welwyn Road
Great Neck NY 11021
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