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Divane Report - New Hell's Kitchen Turkish (longish)

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Divane Report - New Hell's Kitchen Turkish (longish)

CTownFeedR | Oct 7, 2003 09:04 AM

Tried Divane, a new Turkish joint on 8th Avenue and 52nd (NE corner).

Our party of four had:

3 Starters
Hummus
Chopped Tomato Salad
Cacik

All three items were ok to good. The Hummus was clean tasting and nice, but not really a jaw dropping delicious app. The chopped tomato salad was served with onion and a smattering of fresh herbs in a lemony dressing. Again, it was tasty but noting special. Finally, the Cacik, a Tzitziki style dip. Made with Turkish yogurt, garlic, cucumber, and dill. The yogurt's slightly sour, full bodied richness really works in this dish. This was the first app finished on the table.

All was served with a flavorful, pillowy pocketless pita style bread.

We then had 3 Entrees:
Lamb Shish
Spicy Chicken and Lamb Combination
Lamb Doner

The Lamb shish came out in large, succulent chunks, cooked to a moist medium rare. Meat was lightly seasoned which really allowed the mellow (not gamey) taste of the Lamb to shine. Definitely the winner of the entrees.

The Spicy Chicken and Lamb are kebabs served with a dry "spicy" rub. These are the ground meat style kebabs (where the meat is pressed around a skewer and cooked). While these were ok, the meat was not that juicy and the spciy rub was not spicy at all.

The Lamb Doner came out in a large mound of shaved meat slices. The meat was well seasoned and had the slightly crispy yet moist consistency I really like. Not the best Doner I've had, but quite good.

All of the above was served on a bed of pita pieces (dribbling with meat juices, oh these were gone quickly!) with paprika seasoned raw onion slivers and grated carrot salad (both just ok), bulgar wheat (quite tasty in its simplicity) and rice pilaf (again, nothing special, but good).

Menu is relatively limited, with a few fish options and not much else in addition to the above. Atmosphere is semi-swanky, with medium lighting and nice furniture (definitely not divey).

Service was friendly and attentive. No complaints on this front.

Prices are reasonable. Most entrees are in the $13-$16 range. Our party of 4 paid $75 with tip and was nicely full. No liquor license yet so BYOB is encouraged for the time being.

Overall, a nice addition to the hood. It won't de-throne Uncle Nicks, but if you’re in the mood for a more quiet atmosphere and a nicer setting, this might be something to try. Also, as this is only the second week of operation, the food might even get better!

S

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