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nyc06 Dec 2, 2006 06:16 AM

soo...i'm looking for the best turkish restaurant in manhattan...any suggestions? thanks! on a side note--has anyone ever been to turks and frogs? i passed by it the other night and it was packed!

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    tsiblis Dec 2, 2006 02:51 PM

    Turkish Kitchen is our favorite

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      alyssi Dec 2, 2006 07:56 PM

      Turks & Frogs is my favorite Turkish. I've been twice w/ Turkish friends and we all enjoyed our meals. I prefer it to Pasha (which would be my second choice) mainly because it is more laid back and the food is more modern. Pasha is more Ottoman style - heavier food and decor. Turks & Frogs reminds me more of places I go to in Istanbul.
      Haven't been to Taksim yet or the new place in midtown - Pera.

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        actingout Dec 3, 2006 04:39 AM

        Turks and Frogs is excellent. I suggest concentrating on any of the Soguk Mezelers (cold appetizers) since those were the highlight of my meal there. The Cacik yogurt and any of the eggplant appetizers were my favorite. Ali Baba's on 34th between 2nd and 3rd is also a wonderful Turkish restaurant. It's a little more casual than Turks and Frogs and the food seems a little more "homemade."

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          Peter Cherches Dec 3, 2006 03:15 PM

          I'm a big fan of Ali Baba. Turkish Kitchen is good, but it didn't knock my socks off. It's considerably more pricey than Ali Baba. Ali Baba is one of the best deals in town, regardless of cuisine.


          1. Bob Martinez Dec 3, 2006 04:52 PM

            Another rec. for Turks & Frogs. I've been to the one in Tribeca a couple of times and thought it was terrific. For me the standout dish was the Tandir. (From their menu description - "Thinly sliced roasted lamb with fresh oregano served with traditional rice.") The lamb is meltingly tender with a tremendous depth of flavor. Highly recommended. One of the best things I've had anywhere in the last 12 months.

            BTW, lots of Turkish places seem to be casual spots, brightly light and short on atmosphere. By contrast T&F in Tribeca is an elegant spot which attracts a stylish crowd. Although they don't enforce a dress code you'll want to avoid jeans and aim for business casual.

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              haleyjen Dec 3, 2006 05:51 PM

              I love Beyoglu.

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                Simon Dec 3, 2006 08:14 PM

                Turkuaz on the UWS (Broadway around 100th St) is pretty good...

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                  Peter Cherches Dec 4, 2006 02:40 AM

                  I ate there once, about three years ago. I thought it was pretty awful.

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                    Pan Dec 4, 2006 09:03 AM

                    I'm surprised. Do you remember what you had?

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                      Peter Cherches Dec 4, 2006 11:49 AM

                      We had a large group, so I tried a bunch of things, but I can't remember specifics. Maybe it was an off night, maybe they got better.

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                        chow_gal Dec 6, 2006 08:55 PM

                        I ate there twice actually, most recently about 2 years ago, and both times thought it mediocre.

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                          Pan Dec 7, 2006 08:14 AM

                          Hmmm...It's been a couple of years ago since I've been there, I guess. Maybe it's deteriorated.

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                  nativeNYer Dec 3, 2006 08:22 PM

                  pasha on w 71 St. (bet. columbus and CPW) was really great the time we tried it. i know foodies who go there regularly. atmosphere is very cool, service is great and food is quite good.
                  a little on the expensive side but i think it's worth it.

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                    88GK Dec 4, 2006 04:15 AM

                    I also think Ali Baba's is good value. The Turkish kitchen/cuisine in NYC isn't that established.

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                      centrejack Dec 6, 2006 07:01 PM

                      Has anyone tried Sip Sak? It is just around the corner from home, but I have never tried it.

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                        emgoodman Dec 6, 2006 07:23 PM

                        I really enjoyed Sip Sak -- see my review at the link below


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                          rachael333 Dec 6, 2006 07:45 PM

                          Turks and Frogs is excellent - especially if you sit at the bar. Definitely order from the fresh appetizers - the hummus is fantastic

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                            snturkish Dec 21, 2006 09:06 PM

                            wow, i am so surprised by the support for turks & frogs. they're really nice but the food is really not good at all. ali baba is much better. turkish kitchen isn't bad, but its really all about the weekend brunch there. i like uskudar. sip sak is good if you order off the menu, and beyoglu is just gimmicky.

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                              Bob Martinez Dec 22, 2006 11:11 AM

                              I've been to the Tribeca branch of Turks & Frogs twice and thought the food was first rate. The Village branch of T&F might be different.

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