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David Corcoran Jan 23, 2001 11:26 AM

Aside from the rev. Kervan, what are the best Turkish restaurants in our state? And do any of them depart from the basic Turkish-in-America formula: doner and other grilled meats, kebab and with yogurt, plus baba ghanouj and other savory appetizers?

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    Maryanne Hedrick RE: David Corcoran Jan 25, 2001 07:47 AM

    Beyti Kabab in Union City is very good, but wish they went beyond kababs. The fresh appetizers are great
    - the eggplant dishes especially. The place itself is entertaining as well as a good dose of authentic - once I walked in the front door right behind a butcher carrying a lamb's head. And if you ever want to be led around by a waiter with good intentions who speaks an unfamiliar language, try this place, the hospitality is appreciated.

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      Joe Moryl (NY/NJ) RE: David Corcoran Jan 25, 2001 07:41 PM

      There is a relatively new place in Montclair that has a French/Turkish menu. I can't recall the name, but it is on Bloomfield in the block that has the Wellmont cinema at one end. In a related vein, we had a very decent meal at Baladi, which is an Egyptian place on Bloomfield near Church. The appetizer assortment (mezze-like) was excellent and the main courses were o.k. - maybe a bit over elaborated. BYOB, too.

      Cheers,
      Joe Moryl

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        David Corcoran RE: Joe Moryl (NY/NJ) Jan 30, 2001 08:23 PM

        The place in Montclair is called Liberte. I haven't been there. Will try Beyti Kebab, and thanks. David

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          David Corcoran RE: Joe Moryl (NY/NJ) Jan 30, 2001 08:24 PM

          The place in Montclair is called Liberte. I haven't been there. Will try Beyti Kebab, and thanks. David

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          Edna RE: David Corcoran Feb 18, 2001 08:28 PM

          Alaturka at 848 or 858 Main Street in Paterson is very good and very reasonable. All of the appetizers are excellent.

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            Nicole RE: David Corcoran Feb 24, 2001 08:19 AM

            There's a relatively new place in Highland Park called
            Seven Hills of Istanbul. I've not been there yet but have heard it's pretty good. I lived in Germany for several years, however, and had some really good, authentic Turkish chow there - so I'm not sure how this place will compare.

            Has anyone tried it?

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              Charles Gaffen RE: Nicole Aug 11, 2001 01:33 PM

              been there a few times. I know nothing about Turkish food, but this place is great no matter where you come from!!

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              virg RE: David Corcoran Jun 8, 2001 02:24 AM

              don't know where you're coming from but if you're anywhere near Cherry Hill, Rt 70, check out Norma's..it's on eastbound side, in a small shopping center (Barclay's ?)...just west of I-295/Rt 70 exit...

              excellent Middle Eastern/Turkish food...mango juice with yogurt type fare...try it, you won't be disappointed...

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                gary RE: virg Jan 5, 2003 03:49 PM

                Actually, Norma's on Rte 70 in Cherry Hill is Lebanese. There is an Authentic Turkish restaurant in Voorhees in a little shopping center just off Kresson Road near Main Street that's worth visiting if you like Turkish cuisine.

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