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Bday dinner -- turkish?

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Hi,
I'm trying to pick a fun and delicious place to go out with my family for my bday this Sunday.
We are all leaning more towards informal, fun atmosphere then real formal dinner. My parents mentioned how much they enjoyed small plates type food in Israel, so we would like something similar.
So far I am thinking of Mamlouk, Ali Baba, or some other turkish restaurant with lots of good dishes that can be shared during leasurely conversation.
Are there any good Israeli, Greek, Moroccan, middle-eastern restaurants that have similar style of food/dining?
Since it is a bday celebration a festive atmosphere is a plus.

Thank you!

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    1. I really enjoyed Sip Sak (midtown east). Great Turkish wine and delicious food.

      1. Pasha is a great Turkish restaurant on the UWS.

        Turkish Kitchen is also good. I think the entrees there are a bit weak, so I actually prefer to go with several others and order lots of appetizers to share. I would recommend it.

        1. Akdeniz on 46th between 5th and 6th is very good all the way around. Good food, good service, good atmosphere, good prices. I haven't been for dinner, but lunch is great. I'd imagine they do just as nice a job at dinner.

          1. Antique Garage on Mercer between Broome and Grand has Turkish food and a terrific atmosphere for a largish group. Their cocktails are awesome too.