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Istanbul Cafe, Centereach, LI

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Istanbul Cafe, Centereach, LI

cnut | Jan 4, 2008 10:41 AM

Pretty uninspired/uninspiring name, I know. There was a pretty lame gyro spot in this location (2139 Middle Country Road, across the street from Pathmark) for quite some time. An ownership change in the last few months has rendered the storefront spot worthy of a fat man's attention. I'd rate the food higher than nearby Turkish standouts Konak and Angora.

Izgara kofte is a favorite, and their beyti preparation, while unconventional, is outstanding.

The wraps, which use fresh lavash-like bread, are excellent. They don't put sauce of any kind on them, so make sure to ask for either some cacik or thick yogurt (the better bet, my opinion) on the side.

Some choices atypical of the usual Turkish menu for the more adventurous.

No booze and I haven't asked if they are okay with BYOB. If thirst overcomes you, resort to the gas station or Salvadoran grocery nearby and eat in your car whilst brown-bagging. If there's a balding guy next to you in a 1988 Plymouth Reliant drinking a 40 of Ballantine while shoveling manti into his mouth feel free to say hello.

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