- Kessie Nov 28, 2001 01:58 PM
Lately, my friends and I have been frequenting Nazar, a Turkish restaurant in Sunnyside that serves up delicious eggplant appetizers and chicken and lamb kebobs. We always conclude our meals with Turkish coffee, which is served black, and slightly sweet and muddy, in an espresso cup. Normally I don't drink coffee, but I love this stuff. I've been to several coffee specialty stores asking about "Turkish coffee" but I get the feeling I'm barking up the wrong tree. Is there such a thing as Turkish coffee? Or is it Nazar's little secret?
Turkish coffee is traditionally mixed with sugar (depends-to taste) and boiled over an open flame, served in long-handled brass jars, the same ones it was boiled in. You have to keep stirring to keep some hope of mixing the ingredients together.
Although the turkish coffee you drink is to your liking, you will have trouble locating the same brand in market. Coffee is usually enjoyed out in a coffee house among men and a lengthy talk of about nothing in the end.
Reluctantly you might want to try some Greek specialty stores to get "Greek" coffee. It is really turkish coffee, but made by Greeks. A good one to try is Athens cafe. The owners are from Cyprus. Not much to nosh on, except a sandwich of haloumi and loutza, but it is ok to try a sweet.
Ask for it as you would ask for it in Nazar. Just ask for it as "Greek" coffee.
Despite what it seems, espresso is from the Moors. Follow that trail.
Despite what is done in America, and it is ok, just not proper and right, do not stir the coffee in your cup. leave it be. the mud on the bottom is where it is supposed to be. Camp fire coffee is hot water and coffee boiled together. poured into a cup and drank leaving the grinds behind, on the bottom. Hey, coffee filters are a french and modern thing, not all of us can get them in all parts of the world.
Try asking the guys at Turkiyem grocery store on Skillman Avenue and 46 or 47th Street. They can help you, if they don't carry Turkish coffee themselves.
Also, poke around the Armenian market on 43rd Avenue between 43rd and 42nd Street. They have all sorts of stuff pertaining to Central European tea and coffee.
Not far from Nazar is Baruir's coffee, at 40-07 Queens blvd, with a large coffee roaster on display. You might find what you need there. Actually the "long-handled brass jar" as gourmound described in his reply, can be purchased just about anywhere here in Sunnyside, but probably also in Zabars in Manhattan.