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Finally went to new Staten Island Turkish Restaurant

BMartin | Oct 30, 200903:51 PM

There has been discussion of this elsewhere--this is the one near South Beach boardwalk that replaced that Vietnam vet bar-- but no one has yet to go as far as I can see. So I went. And, its not bad. Not only that, it's good. Elegant. A somewhat refined version of Turkish food. Fresh bread baked in the very hot pizza oven. A hot appetizer platter with grilled liver, fried calamari, falafel, a marinara sauce and a tahini sauce. and cigar shaped meat stuffed pastries. Lamb kebabs make with hand chopped--not ground--lamb.

So good food. A little expensive.

As for Flaco's intriguing suggestion that it is not really a Turkish restaurant but from one of the "stan" countries, the old southeaster SSRs, its not clear. There was a lot of Russian being spoken there, but one of the owners appeared to be one of the Pakistanis from My Deli on Narrows Road between Targee and Richmond.

And also, be warned that if you hate being forced to watch TV while you eat, the main dining room has no less than four TVs--and its small. No sound just pictures. The other dining room is nicer but it does have odd lighting that cycles through various colors. Annoying for some but OK for me since the food was so great.

And the music is not too loud and appears to be Turkish, not the banal 02.7 light FM that assaults us in so many stores and restaurants. The volume of background music has gone up many decibels in the past five years, probably because the I-Pod generation can't be without music. There outta be a law.

124 Ocean Ave, Staten Island, NY 10305

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