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Pasha's Veg-Friendly Turkish Kicks it Old School, for Better and Worse

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman 1 comment

Modern Mediterranean bites these aren't. But if you're craving an old-school New York experience, then a night at Pasha might be just the ticket. More

Destination, Jersey: The Wonderful Turkish Food of Paterson, NJ

Max Falkowitz 14 comments

Where do you go for a neighborhood full of great Turkish food? South Paterson, NJ, home to a host of stand-out bakeries, restaurants, and markets. Here's an afternoon tour for your first visit. More

Ayvalik Toast at Mmm...Enfes is Unusual but Tasty

A Sandwich a Day Ben Jay 9 comments

Ayvalık Tost is a popular Turkish sandwich, named for the Aegean resort town, containing some variation of sausage, more sausage, cheese, tomato, pickle, and Ayvalık bread. Luckily, if you ever feel such a craving locally, there's a place in Midtown that can help you out. More

Little Rascal Does Bar Food, Turkish-Style

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Little Rascal is completely unpretentious and extremely welcoming, and the care put into its food goes above and beyond for a place that likely makes most of its profits off of its booze. More

A Tasting Tour of Sunnyside's Top-Notch Turkish and Lebanese Food

Max Falkowitz 5 comments

A quick glance at the pubs that line Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside may have you thinking that the neighborhood is solely Irish territory. But there's some great Middle Eastern food if you know where to look. More

Turkish Kebabs and Salads at Mangal Kebab

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Your typical New York Turkish restaurant is a nice-ish affair: smartly dressed waiters and white tablecloths, coursed meals, [middling] wine lists. But there are plenty of mom and pop shops that offer food which is just as good if not better, sometimes for as little as half the price, depending on how much atmosphere you're willing to sacrifice. Mangal Kebab in Sunnyside is one of them. More

Standout Turkish Mezze at Grill 43

Max Falkowitz 3 comments

None of the grilled meat at Grill 43 wows me, but their cold salads and dips ($4 to $5 each) are worth a visit all on their own. A plate of four will run you $13.95 which, with endless refills of warm, crusty bread, makes a worthy light lunch for two (or a piggish meal for one). More

The Vegetarian Option: Turkish Vegetables at the Upper East Side's Agora

The Vegetarian Option Lauren Rothman Post a comment

Agora offers some of the freshest, most lovingly prepared Turkish food I've eaten in New York in recent memory. If this is Upper East Side dining, then you can bet I'll be spending more time on the 6 train. More

The Lamb's the Thing at Taci's Beyti, Brooklyn

Max Falkowitz 5 comments

The hunt for New York's best Turkish food has taken me to unexpected places. Midtown East. Sunnyside. And now Gravesend, to Taci's Beyti, a well-regarded Brooklyn restaurant that some call the finest Turkish cooking in the borough. Eggplant is worth an order here. But it's the lamb that wins the day. More

A Sandwich a Day: Iskender at 7 Spices

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 1 comment

Don't look for the Iskender Plate ($14.50 to go, $16.95 to stay) near the other Turkish sandwiches at 7 Spices in the East Village. You won't find it there because it technically isn't a sandwich—that is, until you DIY it into one. More

A Sandwich a Day: Turkish 'Meatballs' at 7 Spices

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

At 7 Spices, a Turkish restaurant in the East Village, the meatballs come grilled. More

Kofte Piyaz: Turkish Grill and Soothing Lentil Soup in Sunset Park

Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Kofte Piyaz is principally a Turkish meat house in Sunset Park that looks like a small diner. Gyros, sujuk (Turkish sausage), and meatballs (the namesake kofte) dominate the menu, but it's the Lentil Soup that has me thinking about the restaurant days after my meal. More

A Sandwich a Day: DIY Eggplant Pita at Istanbul Grill

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Here's one late night sandwich that isn't a greasebomb. Good for lunch as well. More

A Sandwich a Day: Kofte Kebab at Turco Mediterranean Grill

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz 3 comments

The newly opened Turco in Hell's Kitchen makes a fine kofte kebab on even finer pita. More

New Turkish Bread and Snacks in Midtown at Mmm... Enfes

Max Falkowitz 6 comments

We may be better know Turkish food for its kebabs, but the Turks also have one of the finest bread cultures on earth. Few New York restaurants take advantage of that—good bread isn't as common in restaurant bread baskets as it should be, and decent pide is hard to find. The newly opened Mmm... Enfes in midtown does. More

A Sandwich a Day: An Elevated Gyro at Cafe Supreme in Jamaica, Queens

A Sandwich a Day Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Unless you're serving jury duty or catching the railroad or AirTrain, you probably don't have many reasons to visit this stretch of Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica. But if you're here with some time to kill, you can do well for yourself with this elevated gyro. More

Market Tours: Visit Carmel Grocery in Forest Hills for Eggplant Salads and Middle Eastern Staples

Clara Inés Schuhmacher 3 comments

Look close under the green and white awning and you'll notice, in the window, brightly painted signs advertising dried fruits and nuts, homemade salads, and more. Welcome to Carmel, a tiny but wonderfully stocked Middle Eastern grocery in Forest Hills. The products are fresh, the staff is friendly, and the affordable prices can't be beat. More

A Sandwich a Day: Feta, Tomato, and Cubanelle Pepper at Simit and Smith

A Sandwich a Day Craig Cavallo 1 comment

Never mind that a New York sandwich has tomatoes on it in January. The feta, tomato, and cubanelle pepper ($6.99) from Simit and Smith makes it work. More

A Sandwich a Day: Red Onion, Salmon, and Cream Cheese at Simit and Smith

A Sandwich a Day Craig Cavallo 4 comments

The newly opened Simit & Smith on the Upper West Side specializes in a Turkish bread, which they use for sandwiches with some NYC-friendly fillings. More

Sip Sak: Orhan Yegen's Ottoman Empire

Max Falkowitz 10 comments

"What you are eating here is my culture," Orhan Yegen tells us. He points across our expanse of dishes and says, "It has to be like this. There can be no other way." Unspoken, but implied: "and if you don't like it, tough!"

This is not what chefs tend to tell a happy, compliant group of twelve who are thoroughly enjoying their three course lunch. But I can't say I was surprised. Though it was the first time I was called out as a "tourist" in my dozen-odd meals at Sip Sak over the past several years, I had a feeling it was coming. Yegen's reputation—the Soup Nazi of New York's Turkish dining scene—preceeds him. We were essentially told that the food at Sip Sak is beyond reproach, and if we had a problem, it lay with us. But here's the thing: for the most part, Yegen is right. Sip Sak's cooking so resembles what you'll find in Turkey that it's hard not to imagine yourself there.

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