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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

              2. I'm from Germany where the European style döner kebab was invented and when I read your posts I'm reconsidering my business idea of opening a restaurant with the real döner kebab in NYC.
                But you may have to wait a few more years for that.

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                1. re: Seico

                  I hope you do so. I don't even live in NYC, but I'd go there when I visit NY relatives upstate. IN any case, it really true: people in the USA who go to Germany fall in love with those things, and people in the USA who haven't tried them can seldom be persuaded that the gyros and shawarmas here are a poor comparison. It seems to me that German Döner Kebabs should be a hit in the USA.

                  1. re: Seico

                    Somebody did it in the E. 90s last year and the place failed and closed.

                    1. re: gutsofsteel

                      Maybe the West 90s next time?

                      What do I know? I guess any subgenre of a food type will have a hard time taking off until people actually know how to identify it and tell it from its cousins. Maybe it would help to call a place "German-Turkish Kebabs" or some such.

                      1. re: gutsofsteel

                        Yeah, I wouldn't visit a dying relative in the E. 90's myself, but it sounds like a good concept for someplace open late downtown with some hipster-appeal touches and decent marketing. I think that currywurst place in the E. Village is doing okay.

                        1. re: Mr Porkchop

                          You're missing out on some good stuff - but by all means, stay out of the neighborhood! :-) The last thing we need is a crowd. :-)

                    2. Several Turkish places listed here:


                      Never been to any of them.