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Sep 10, 2003 01:15 PM

Armenian/middle-eastern restaurant on Greenwich and 7th

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Many moons ago (25 years or so) I ate at a restaurnt in this area which had wonderful food. A dish called Pitinjin Yarik was my favourite. I would like to know if the placde still exists. The name of the place escapes me.

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  1. Alas, there's no Armenian restaurant in that area anymore.

    1. Youre not thinking about the Balkan-Armenian, that used to be (I think) at around University Pl and 11th?

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      1. re: jen kalb


        Unless there were two Balkan Armenians, this is not correct. The Balkan Armenian was on E27th Street, I believe, just off Lexington. During its heydey, this area was dense with Armenian restaurants, just as the 70's were with Czech ones.

        Pat G.

        1. re: Pat Goldberg

          you are both right - the Dardanelles which we used to frequent was in the village and the Balkan Armenian which I think lasted later, was uptown. Sorry for generating more confusion!

          I remember shopping at a store called Tashjian in the 1970s - and of course there is still a bit of Armenian influence and product at Kalyustan still, but I guess that is all that remains foodwise of that enclave.

          1. re: jen kalb

            Hi all......

            Stumbled on this site and thought I would join in.

            THe Balkan Restaurant was founded by Henry Sahagian in 1899and was located on the east side of Lexington Avenue. THe area for several blocks radius was an Armenian conclave beginning in the 1900 Eventually, their were about 12 Armenian restaurants, an Armenian theater the old Delacourt and not a Spanish Repertory, an Armenian Park (where my parents met) and, of course, the first Armenian Cathedral in the U.S., St. Gregory, the Illuminator stil between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on 27th street.

            After World War II, the Armenians started moving to uptwon area and to the suburbs and the number of Armenian Restaurants began to Ddwindle. In 1948, Ed and Louise Berberian baught the plasce from then owner Mr. Cholakian who had moved it toe 129 East 27th Street. The Berberians added the word Armenian to the name to emphasize that fact. Within 11 1/2 years, the 3 man operation became 19 man operation. Thanks to Louise who was a superb chef, the restaurant was and overwelming success. Receiving rave reviews and attracting numerous celebrities.

            Among ins clients were Melik Ohanessian and his father-in-law saw the potential and decided to open their very fine restaurant in the Village, the Dardanelles.

            In 1960, Ed Berberian, the son, took over The BalkanArmenian and kept the successful tradition until December, 1985 when he became legally blind and in 1986 sold the restaurant which eventually "bit the dust" a couple of years later. Probably the oldes existing Middle-Eastern/Armenian Restaurant on the planet.

            NOW, you know more of the story...but not all!

        2. re: jen kalb

          I think the name of that place on University was called The Dardanelles. I remember going there once as a kid.

        3. The name of the restaurant was Keneret. I ate there often in the early Seventies. My favorite dish there was also the Pitinkin Yarik, which was a stuffed eggplant. Keneret closed many years ago, unfortunately.

          1. Keneret was at Bleeker St and 7th Ave.
            A Syrian /Armenian Cuisine

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            1. re: DEGRL

              The Keneret was my uncle's restaurant and my father did a lot of the cooking there. They are actually of Libyan descent, not Syrian or Armenian.

              1. re: shamam

                Thanks Shamam. Clarification is always welcome. I ate at Keneret quite often back then. I liked the roof garden. Great place. Friendly staff. Wonderful food.

            2. I loved both Keneret and the Dardanelles, but where in the City can you get really good Armenian/Syrian/Libyan (as identified below) today?