Turks & Frogs Tribeca report
Went to Turks & Frogs Tribeca (Greenwich St btwn Watts & Debrosses), the (somewhat) new restaurant from the owners of the bar Turks & Frogs in the West Village, on Friday night with three friends. Overall, I enjoyed the experience but wasn't overwhelmed.
Had a reservation for 8:30, but didn't need it. Only 4-5 tables were seated, although by 9:30, maybe 1/4 to 1/3 of the restaurant was full. The room was nice enough and the back of the restaurant looked even nicer.
Started with four cold mezzes: stuffed grape leaves, smoked eggplant salad, Lebni (thick yogurt with walnuts and fresh dill), and Acili Ezme (chopped tomatoes, onions and green peppers - a bit spicy). The Lebni was phenomenal - best dish of the night. Don't let the plain looks fool you. The grape leaves were standard fare, but fresh. I couldn't help but think the smoked eggplant and Acili Ezme could have been better, but each was, nonetheless, good.
We didn't try any of the hot mezzes, but that appeared to be a mistake. The zucchini pancakes in yogurt sauce, phyllo scrolls with feta and grilled calamari all looked quite good.
I had the Manti - small dumplings filled with tiny pockets of ground lamb and served in a yogurt sauce. It was fine, but not at all worth ordering again.
The wine list was relatively affordable - we had a nice red, but I don't recall the bottle.
I would return, but would order more mezzes and maybe just share entrees with the table.