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Nov 18, 2006 04:57 PM

German/Euro style doner kebabs in NYC?

Are there any restaurants in New York that do a proper, European-style doner kebab sandwich? As in a kebab in pide bread (thick flatbread, definitely not like a pita) with garlic sauce and chili sauce and the perfunctory salad?

Most of the doner kebabs I've seen in NYC have been sad specimens - just sliced up doner meat in pita bread with tahini, hummus and a dollop of hot sauce. While I have nothing against the American style, it's just not what I'm looking for.

Are there any places in Manhattan or the boroughs that serve this greasy treat?

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    1. Mangal Turkish in Queens. The lamb is juicy, a bit fatty (in a good way for me) and very flavorful. It's not like the usual processed lamb on a spit. They'll serve it to you on pide but make sure you ask for it (they call it "homemade bread"; $1 extra but worth it), otherwise you'll get a sorry pita that will fall apart on first bite. They put on a thick hot sauce and a decent white sauce, and possibly a little tahini. It might be the best doner in NYC. Everything else I've tried there has been consistently good. It's very informal, a bit cramped and the TV's always on the Turkish channel. It might be what you're looking for.

      46-20 Queens Blvd
      Queens 718-706-0605
      #7 train to 46th St
      Q32 and Q60 buses

      1. Reviving this old thread because I'm having a craving and haven't found much in the way of updates on the topic in the past year. I saw a thread in which the now defunct Kebap G (on the UES) was mentioned as a purveyor of the German-Turkish style of doner kebabs, as well as Ali Bab on 34th Street, but are there any other existing places serving these that you know of?

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        1. re: hongry_hippo

          Im a Brit in New York and im also in the hunt for a Euro style Doner Kebab, I cant even recommend any as i have not found any that hit the mark.

          Any suggestions??

          1. re: Cozzer

            Nope. There used to be a place on the Upper East Side called Kebop G, but I believe it's now closed. There are places that serve "doner" around the city (e.g., Yatagan) but not with pide bread, cabbage, and white sauce.

            1. re: Cozzer

              Ok, i found the best Euro/Brit style Doner kabab and it close to where i work.

              Troys Turkish Grill. 9th Ave and 40th. It looks, smells and tastes like the kabab houses back home in the UK.

              lets me now what you think of this place.

              Troy Turkish Grill
              539 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

              1. re: Cozzer

                I have no idea how authentic Troy is (probably not very) but they make a mighty tasty lamb sandwich.

          2. ehhh hit up istanbul grill on 14th between 8th and 9th and grab a doner youll probly like it, i do, not like istanbul but still

            Istanbul Grill
            310 W 14th St, New York, NY 10014

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            1. re: Virchis

              I suggest this with the same caveats. Bereket on Houston is pretty similar. Haven't eaten at either sober.

              187 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002

            2. Bumping this thread. Anyone have any other suggestions? Having a serious hankering, and in a city as large as NY, there has to be a decent place...

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              1. re: aravenel

                I'd like to bump this thread as well, though it didn't seem to do much the last time... Somehow there was nothing better than döner kebab at the end of a drunken night in Berlin. Not that that ever happens to me here...

                1. re: MBovary

                  It is easier to find decent shawarma in Manhattan. If you venture out of the borough, there is a place in Williamsburg that specializes in döner kebap, but it is not going to be the gut bomb version with fries and various sauces.

                  1. re: JungMann

                    Cool--what is the name of this place? I've never heard of Döner Kebab with fries--is that a thing? thanks

                    1. re: MBovary

                      I'm not sure of the name, but I'm pretty sure it's Doner Kebab. Either way it's hard to miss being the only kebab house on Bedford and 8th.

                      1. re: MBovary


                        189 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211