Ted's (Turkish!) in Jeffersonville NY
- Alan Divack
On the way home from summer camp visiting day, we
consoled ourselves with a stop at Ted's, a diner in
Jeffersonville (SW of Liberty) that Robert Sietsema had
reported on about 2 years ago. What an unlikely place
-- not everthing hit the mark, but what did was great.
There is a full dinner menu with a separate page of
Turkish stuff. Stick to the turkish page and you will
be very happy.
The mixed appetizers were excellent (dolma, bean and
parseley salad, humus -- lemony and no noticeable
tahini; very smoky eggplant, red pepper salad, dolma,
and spanakopita that was a bit scortched, but with a
good filling with overtones of mint and dill.) The pan
fried carrots were amazing, sort of like a tempura made
with thin slices of carrot cut the long way, drowned in
For main dishes, not that we needed them at this point,
my wife had a chicken kebab from the main side of the
menu that did not have much flavor. It was about half
the price of the chicken kebab on the turkish menu. We
assumed it was half the size -- what we got was less
than half the quality. However, my main was sublime.
Manti -- sort of homemade turkish tortellini. The
pasta was gossamer thin in the center and thick and
chewy around the edges, with a tasty lamb filling. It
was drowned in a yoghurt sauce seasoned with infused
peppper oil. And to top it all off, a piece of grilled
lamb kofta sat on top. When I saw it, my first
reactioon was that they ruined a perfectly good plate
of pasta. What I tasted however may have been the best
piece of grilled ground meat that I have ever had, and
it married perfectly with the pasta and yoghurt.
The main dishes came with superfluous greek salads that
were so bad that it made me think that maybe this is
an indication of how Turks regard Greeks. However,
Ted's is definitely worth a detour if you are passing
through those parts.