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Turkish Kitchen and Franchia- both very good

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vozick Jun 19, 2006 09:15 PM

I went to a shower at Franchia on Madison and 34th St. It is a Korean (vegan) restaurant. Very pretty and delightfully prepared and light food. Lovely room and service.

That night we had a very good (although it was quite warm out) dinner at Turkish Kitchen on Third Avenue. The food was beautifully presented, and very tasty. I only had vegetarian appetizers,as I had a a large lunch at Franchia, but the others had pleasant dinners.

They did not hurry us after I mentioned that their reputation was for poor and hurried service. This was not the case,and we had a leisurely dinner and finished, on our own timing, before the allotted 2 and a half hours. I enjoyed the evening as we also had a round table, something that is hard to find at most places, but extremely welcome when you have more than 4 people, we were 5.

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    eve RE: vozick Jun 19, 2006 09:38 PM

    I thought Franchia was at Park between 34th and 35th?? Well I moved downtown half a year ago. Perhaps my memory fails me. Glad you enjoyed.

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      epicure-us RE: vozick Jun 19, 2006 10:48 PM

      I have had the dumpling sampler at Franchia. It was terribly lackluster and bland. The dumplings were doughey and barely edible. I am interested in what you would recommend so that I have a better experience there the next time I give them a chance. Did you have their house tea by any chance?

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        vozick RE: vozick Jun 20, 2006 12:54 PM

        sorry, you are correct the address is 12 Park

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          wvgirl RE: vozick Jun 20, 2006 09:36 PM

          about turkish kitchen, what day of the week did you go?
          and were you hurried before you mentioned their reputation?

          Link: http://www.chowhound.com/boards/manha...

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            alexis RE: vozick Jun 30, 2006 05:46 PM

            yes, the dumplings at franchia are terrible, but some of the salads (the mango) and spicy noodle dishes are nice. I don't think anything there is that wonderful though (and this coming from a vegan who was predisposed to like franchia).

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