A couple of weeks ago I asked for some help choosing between Sahara and Veranda for a Friday night dinner. Although both were recommended as great, Veranda eged out Sahara and a group of 7 of us went there. It was a great expereince, so thanks very much to those who recommended it.
I forgot to post about my meal until now so my memory is a bit rusty regarding exact names of dishes - apologies. We started with numerous appetizers - chicken livers, hummus, babaganoush, cigara (sp? sort of flute-shaped borek, with feta inside), shepherd's salad w/ feta, grilled octopus, tons of delicious warm bread with sesame seeds on top, and a sort of Turkish version of tzatziki. All of these were delicious, very well-prepared and seasoned. Chicken livers were a standout.
We were so full after all this food that we decided to share four entrees. We had black bass, a lamb kebab, and the Veranda chicken (a grund chicken kebab). How pathetic that I can't rmemeber what the other fish was! But everything was great, very moist kebabs and delicious whole fish. We went with the waiter's suggestion on the fish and he was spot on.
We all had about four beers a piece and also tried a bottle of Turkish wine (not bad, not great, but fine, and they have some toher selctions as well). The whole meal was about $30 a head in the end. Amazing value. Best of all, it was spacious and relatively quiet and service was great, all things which are tough to come by when visiting some of the many newer, trendier locales in Brooklyn, which is why I have more or less stopped trying any of those type of places on weekends, if at all to be honest. I live closer to Park Slope but would rather go down to Avenue U for Chinese or Veranda any day, and will be checking out Sahara soon as well.
If anyone wants to try Veranda, it's on Coney Island Avenue just below Avenue U. They have a nice Veranda (duh!) for when the weather cheers up.