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New LI Turkish in Deer Park

Paul Trapani | Oct 14, 2002 01:12 PM

Unfortunately the Turkish restaurant called Delphini on Deer Park Avenue closed down before I had a chance to try it. Fortunately a new Turkish Kebab House, Marmara, has opened in its place. The menu’s claim that everything is homemade is accurate. We happened to luck out and be there on a day when they had just made stuffed grape leaves, and they were far better than the usual jarred variety. I went with a group of four and we ordered plenty of food. Four of the mentioned grape leaves came on a cold platter with eggplant salad, hummus and feta (a real bargain at 7.50). This also came with Turkish bread and pita. Comparing this place to the previously reviewed Mediterranean Kebab house in Westbury is inevitable. The Turkish bread and Lahmacun are not quite as good. In particular the meat in the Lahmacun was quite greasy and the crust was thicker than it should be. However the cold appetizers and the kebabs are better that those at Mediterranean Kebab house. The eggplant salad had a nice smoky flavor. Chicken kebab, lamb kebab and lamb chops also had a nice flame grilled flavor and a nice sear on the outside. Doner and kofte were ok, but next time I’m sticking with the above items. Kradeniz Pidesi (lamb, tomato, onion, pepper and cheese on a pita) was good but featured the same greasy lamb as the lahmacun. I’ve yet to try the promising dishes on the back page like moussakka or guvec (lamb stew with eggplant, tomato, peppers and green beans). Hospitality was amazing and they have music and dancing on Saturday night. Prices are rock bottom so go now before they raise them.

Marmara
Turkish Kebab House
1844 Deer Park Avenue
Deer Park, NY 11729

I must sadly also mention two other closings on Deer Park Avenue. TK’s Cafe which had transformed itself into TK's Smokehouse & BBQ Pit (see previous post below) is no longer open. Last time I went they had gone full force with the BBQ menu and had only a couple of items from their old menu. They were still working out some of the side dishes and none of the other BBQ entries were as good as the ribs, but it was a noble effort. In it’s place a place called Shennanigans is opening. I doubt they’ll continue serving BBQ food.

The other place that’s now closed was called Cousin Vinny’s Bakery/Pizzeria. This was the kind of place where you walked in and asked the guy what kind of things he had, because as he told me he only cooked whatever he felt like making on that day. I had a good apple turnover there one day. Somehow, I was never there on a day when he felt like making chicken cutlet or meatball heroes, but I’m sure they would have been fantastic. Sadly, I’ll never know.

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