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Oct 17, 2006 11:59 PM

A Rave for Turkish Grill in Sunnyside Queens

39th and Queens, little, cozy sit-down place. Lovely service. Fantastic bread, lebni, yogurtlu dishes (beef/lamb/chicken with a yogurty sauce cooked with bread cubes). Amazing. The fried calamari is mediocre, don't get it. But everything else was fantastic.

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  1. Which Turkish restaurant are you referring to? Turkish Grill is on the north side of QB and 42nd/43rd Street. There is another Turkish restaurant, less popular, on the corner of QB and 39th Street.

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    1. re: ming_the_merciless

      Yes, the one on 39th is Hemsin, the one sort of sunken down in a marblish looking place. It was fine the one time I went there, but I prefer Turkish Grill on 42nd on the North side. It's much cozier and most things Ive tried have beed good.

    2. I absolutely love the Turkish Grill. Everything delicious, the dining room comfortable, and the service above average.

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      1. re: sunnyside_up

        How is the chicken kebab, coban salad, eggplant salads there? I was around there today, but couldn't find a parking space, so had to move on, and tried to go to Valverde finally, and the weird thing is they were pulling their gates down and closing at, things didn't work out too well for me!!!

        1. re: janie

          Janie, Valverde is CLOSED on Tuesday.

          1. re: Mike V

            Oh, thanks Mike V. for letting me know....!! Figures I'm right around there and my luck they're closed!! Tuesday seems a weird day to close, I'd think it would be more dead around there on a Sunday. I'll try again.....

            1. re: janie

              Janie, Sunday is busy for Valverde since they do Brunch. The waitress had mentioned that the slowest day of the week was Tuesday when they were open 7 days so they decided they needed a day off and chose Tuesday. It's been a while since I've been to Valverde and plan to visit very soon. I usually go at 2PM during the week and never had a problem getting a table. I'm also planning to visit Turkish Grill soon. I just printed the Menu. I've only been to a Turkish Restaurant twice and this was many years ago. The Combo of 1/2 Chicken Kebab & 1/2 Lamb Chop Kebab looks inviting and so do the 13 Cold Appetizers which includes the eggplant salad you mentioned. The Shepard Salad (coban salatasti) also looks interesting. I can't wait to go. Who knows, I may just do the Cold Appetizers.

              1. re: Mike V

                I love turkish food, so I look forward to trying Turkish Grill. Will try to get some takeout there in the next week, and will post. I used to go to Hemsin all the time, but since they closed I really do need another place when I'm in the area. If you're in the city, try Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine on 34th between 2nd and 3rd--in fact, a Pio Pio (from Norther Blvd J. Heights) just opened next door to them, I saw recently. Ali Baba Menu:
                has a reasonable lunch special especially for Manhattan these days, when everything seems to have gotten so expensive. Their food is very good. Their chicken kebab is excellent, their lamb shish kebab not so great, but the ground adana and spicy beyti kebab is good. Their coban salad is very good, and make sure you ask for feta on it, at any Turkish place, it makes it much better. Eggplant salads good as well. It's a cozy cute little place, and really good for taking out of towners to.

                There's also the place across the blvd Mangal that some posters have mentioned as well, I haven't been there, but I'll try to get there as well. How is the brunch at Valverde? What do they serve?

                1. re: janie

                  Someone posted last June (just looked it up) about having an outstanding brunch at Valverde. Creamy scrambled eggs over toasted brioche topped with shaved parmesan with spring green salad. It came with an appetizer of toasted challah bread with strawberry infused butter plus coffee & orange juice for $10. Bread is baked on premises. Thanks for the recommendation Baba Turkish on 34th St. I've place it on my list. Wow, another opening for Pio Pio. They'll do very well in midtown East. I'll also post Turkish Grill (I plan to visit soon) and plan on doing Valverde for lunch next week.

                  1. re: janie

                    Mangal is very different from Turkish Grill (or Hemsin ones), it's much more casual, but their lamb and chicken gyros are outstanding.

                    1. re: Widmark

                      Good to hear, thanks...sounds like a good place to do a little comparison report..will try to get there next week...