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Gaia - Turkish meze


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Gaia - Turkish meze

Steph | Mar 4, 2004 09:55 AM

I read about this place in this week's NY Magazine & then popped in, last night for a drink. It's on Avenue B, around 7th Street, and it's where Belmondo used to be.

They've decorated in traditional Mediterranean colors (deep umbers, ochres and reds), with a lovely trompe l'oeil behind the bar, representing tile artwork. The lighting is mild and the tables are a good enough distance from one another that you can have a private conversation.

The menu is extensive and all traditional Turkish, ranging from meze to large platters. If you want a whole grilled branzino, this is the place to get it. Or if you want to snack on dolmas, bayaz peynir and cacik, you can do that too. Meze are all $6 and large plate entrees range from $12 - $18 (+ or -).

They rape you on the raki (Turkish national drink) - at $48/bottle ($6/glass), you could buy a case at Astor Wines. But it's typical of any restaurant, so you won't hear me complaining *too* loudly about the pricing.

Last night was opening night and there was a live Turkish band and a very petite belly dancer. The atmosphere was lively, but not over-loud, and the servers seemed busy but attentive.

98 Avenue B

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