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MaggieD | Mar 30, 2004 12:54 PM

Just a note that the Turkish place that used to be Efendi (on 2nd between 55th and 54th) has reopened as Taksim. Apparently, one of the old owners has departed, the other has stayed. The menu seems to be similar, though I can't remember exactly what dishes Efendi offered, and the price point is similar, at $4ish per app. and $9-12 for entrees.

We're not experienced with Turkish food, but my companion and I both agreed that what we had this time was slightly better than our meal at Efendi, both in intrinsic quality and in preparation. We had two appetizers: white bean stew and lentil balls, and two entrees: lamb kebab and skewered chicken meatballs (I forget the name). For dessert we had an excellent rice pudding--it was served cold and slightly burnt on the top, which lent a toasted marshmallow flavor to the whole thing. Yum. Service was great, and our waiter told us they plan to expand their specials menu. It's also BYOB, so in all it's a good deal and a welcome (re)addition to the neighborhood.

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