Go here. Corner of Broadway and 100th. While Turkish isnt the rarest cuisine in Manhattan, its often mediocre at best. This place was really something else. Not the cheapest of places, sure, but well worth it. Of course, I wasnt paying
In an effort to try as much as possible between only two people, we managed to order a final total of seven different things, almost ALL of which were impressive. The hummus was a little dry for my taste, but after adding some lemon juice is was perfect. Pathcan Salatasi, or Eggplant Salad, is really just pureed eggplant with lemon, garlic, rep peppers, and dill. Very fresh, smooth, and tasty. Imam Bayaldi was less impressive cold eggplant stuffed with tomato sauce, garlic, pine nuts, and other stuff. Certainly was good, just nothing overly amazing. Mucver, on the other hand, were GREAT. What looked like crab cakes topped with yogurt, theyre actually fried zucchini cakes. Pan-fried to perfection, I could eat these every day.
Served with all of these together, we picked one of the grilled items on the list, Beyti Kebap. Yeah, spelled like that. I dont know why. Anyway, this one was a long, grilled, mass of ground lamb and spices, with plenty of rice. Pickled cabbage, peppered onions, and roasted vegetables were included as well. I REALLY enjoyed this. Great meat, generous portion for the price, pickled cabbage is very cool, roasted vegetables are great with hummus fit together with everything else.
Do NOT skip dessert. The cart they wheel by is very impressive, laden with old standbys like baklava, but I highly recommend going for something more interesting. The names I cant remember clearly, since they werent on the menu, but one thing we tried was a very nice rice pudding. Arrived warm, and it was enough for two people. Chowhounds we are, though, so we got a similar looking dessert, which was described as an almond, coconut, pudding, custard thing. Hard to tell; the waiters accent was thick. But, it was Glorious. With a pile of ground pistachio nuts on top, it tied off the meal in a wonderfully sweet and creamy embrace.
Do NOT drink Turkish coffee. Its like angry mud. Granted, Im barely a coffee person in the first place, but you really shouldnt get halfway through an immensely bitter cup and then find yourself chewing on grounds. Bleh.
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