I spotted this place, on 5th Ave at 38th St, while sitting in traffic on the B63 bus. They've been open for over a year, but I'd managed to overlook them . . . too busy checking out the Mexican options, I guess.
I remedied that tonight. It's a one-person operation, run by a very charming and friendly guy. I went there for takeout, but looking at the interior - and especially, the little Turkish tea glasses in their metal holders - made me really, really want to come back and dine in.
Red lentil soup, of which the owner is justly proud. "Best lentil soup in Brooklyn," he told me, and in my admittedly limited experience, it was. Beautifully seasoned with mint and who knows what else.
Beef kofte with cheese. Tasty, the way grilled meat is generally tasty.
Coban (pronounced "cho-ban") salad. This is a chopped vegetable salad with feta dusted with oregano and red chili peppper. Delicious.
White bean salad. Wow: this was the standout. White beans in a creamy, lemony tahini sauce with tomotos and chopped hard boiled eggs. I could eat a gallon of this. (As it is, I've closed the blinds to enjoy privacy while licking out the plastic takeout container.)
The Turkish flat bread sprinkled with black cumin seeds was great, too. (So good that I ate both slices before my husband got home from work. You work late, you lose.)
Can't comment on the desserts yet, as I'm waiting to share them with my sweetie when he finally gets home. The selections were almond pudding, liberally dusted with cinnamon, and baklava. Unfortunately, the butternut squash baked in syrup with walnuts wasn't ready when I was there. Tomorrow, I was told. (And am telling you now, in case someone else wants to pick up the baton and report back.)
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