The first-rate Turkish food at Taci’s Beyti has attracted an avid neighborhood following but relatively little attention from hounds, many of whom consider its corner of Brooklyn to be out of the way. Bob Martinez says it’s well worth traveling for. The big winner of his recent dinners there was meaty, filling karisik pide, a flatbread laden with Turkish sausage and pastrami (more like Italian bresaola than Jewish deli meat), sautéed ground lamb, and mozzarella. Another hit: sucuklu kasarli pide, topped with mozzarella and strongly seasoned sucuk sausage.
Grilled meats are dependably good. Try the Iskender kebab (thin-sliced gyro meat in slightly spicy tomato sauce) or the milder Adana kebab (chopped lamb with fresh red bell peppers). You can also build a satisfying meal of small plates. Standouts among the meze include pan-fried eggplant with garlic sauce and yogurt; fresh, piquant ezme (a salad of tomato, cucumber, and onion flavored with garlic and lemon); and hummus with Turkish pastrami. All go well with the flavorful, pleasingly chewy bread. Bob adds that the vibe is inviting, service is attentive and efficient, and, best of all, Taci’s Beyti is BYO: “It’s as if they knock $40 off your check as you walk in the door.”
Taci’s Beyti [Midwood]
1955 Coney Island Avenue (between Avenue P and Quentin Road), Brooklyn
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