This was my 3rd time at Tallulah & the best. We had an all mezze dinner, but this time we ordered just a few plates at a time. This was key to enjoyment.
With the wine, Viognier we ordered Imam Bayildi, the eggplant was smoky & the flavour extremely subtle. Then hot mezze felafels, zucchini patties & cheese boregi. The felafels were rather heavy, but the patties, light & delicate with a yogurt sauce & the fried boregi had tangy feta & a ketchupy red sauce that I felt it didn't need.
By now I was full but my friend wasn't & he ordered vine leaves & more cheese boregi. The vine leaves again were subtle stuffed with herbs, al dente rice & toasted pignolis. I managed a few more boregi. Then turkish coffee (sweet, naturally) & baklava. I love turkish coffee & make it, and this was excellent, the baklava home made & subtle.
The service was attentive, the atmosphere relaxing. All the tables were filled outside -deservedly so. Our mezze that evening were all veg, but they have meat ones (very good) & seafood. So it's a great way to dine.
I've never had a turkish meal of this quality in nyc...