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Best Turkish in Manhattan -- Pasha, Beyoglu, more?

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Loved Pasha when I recently went for the first time. Beyoglu I also like very much -- Turkish or just E Mediterranean?

Menupages is down now, though have found that some obscure restaurants and some very high-end ones, which wish to remain private, are not found on their site.

Any other favorite Turkish places in the city? Turkish Kitchen I found OK....

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    foodie for life

    I like Turkish Kitchen as well as Sip Sak and Ali Baba. All located in in the east 30s. Nothing fancy but great food.

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    1. re: foodie for life

      Sip Sak is on Second Ave & 49th St.

    2. sip sak on second and 49th is very good. the owner/chef is just a little crazy

      1. I would vote Pasha out of the picture. There is very little emphasis on flavor and authenticity, and too much focus on high-end service. In a party of four, I was there last week and we ordered 1 or 2 dishes each of nine different appetizers (having read an old review on Chowhound that appetizers are better than entrees here). The yogurt and eggplant were routine. The kalamar (fried calamari) was delicious. The tiny steamed dumplings were cutesy-poo but flavorless. The octopus was surrounded by very tasty greens but tasted like cardboard. The feta was decent. The hummus was bland (Hummus Place, an Israeli lunch counter nearby at 305 Amsterdam Ave. at 74th-75th, has blowout hummus, you will not believe it!) and the taramosalata was very good, but each of these came as two tiny one-ounce scoops. For $5 a plate they are shaving it a bit thin. The leeks were boring. This place is looking for the well-heeled business and tourist crowd which finds its pinnacle of fulfillment in obsequious service. Bless their unadventuresome hearts! This place doesn't get anywhere close to Turkey - maybe 2 or 3 feet in that direction at most.

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        1. re: Reynold

          While I do see where you're coming from, my feeling about Pasha is very different. At its best it is wonderful. True it's uneven and you need to know where to focus on the menu. I concur with earlier postings suggesting the appetizer plates basically are the way to go - and they frequently are excellent (along with fresh baked Turkish bread). In particular, the soslu patlican (stewed eggplant that is wonderfully flavorful if not spicy), cheese boreks, shephard salad, and steamed dumplings (cutesy poo? bah - we love em). Lamb kabob-based mains can be good too. Funny thing is I actually find the service to be pretty spotty (prolonged absence of servers, dishes prematurely swiped from table, etc). All in all, an appealing reasonably priced neighborhood spot with very good food (sometimes excellent) in a pleasant environment. If you go do try the outdoor terrace in mild weather.

          1. re: burton

            I thought Pasha was great. I guess it all depends on what you order.

        2. Zeytin on 85th & Columbus Ave is very good. I've been eating brunch there for the past few months on w/e's & the quality of food is excellent-I alternate from egg dishes to shish kabobs, beef/chicken wraps. Also have been there a handful of times for dinner & had excellent seafood dishes as well. Worth a look.

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          1. re: Fallon

            Ditto Zeytin, one of my favorite neighborhood hangouts.

          2. I've been meaning to post about "Turks and Frogs" on Greenwich St. We had a very good experience there.