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vvv03 Feb 3, 2007 11:58 AM

I stumbled across a mention of this place on a blog, then looked it up in Chowhound. It's a Turkish restaurant on Coney Island Ave. I'm intritgued, but I have questions and there doesn't seem to be a lot of up to date info on the place on the internet.

Is it still really good?
Does it get packed on the weekends?
It sounds pretty casual, but is it family friendly?
Is it still BYOB?
I can probably find this out through Hopstop, but while I'm asking a litany of questions, anyone know if it's subway accessible?

Thanks in advance for any info you can provide. My tummy is rumbling at some of the food descriptions I have read about this place.

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    Benjamin68 Feb 6, 2007 04:46 PM

    For starters, bring your sunglasses because it's one of the most overly-bright, unforgivingly lit restaurants I've ever seen (and trust me, the folks who dine here could use more gentle lighting). In terms of the food, it was remarkably cheap, decent (and definitely better than Sahara), but definitely not worth a special trip. Yes, it's still BYO. When all is said, If you live in Manhattan, I would BYO at the East Village branch of Taksim instead, which is far better in every regard.

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      HankyT Feb 6, 2007 02:15 PM

      I dream about this place. The eggplant dip is smoky perfection. Eat the basturma pide and swear off regular pizza forever (I haven't tried the lahmacun so i can't say yea or nay to comment above). The kebabs are great. The cacik is great. The crowd is great and noisy and fun. I haven't been in a bit so i forget what else is good, but most of it is.

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        vvv03 Feb 11, 2007 07:40 AM

        Thanks for all the replies. We went last night and quite enjoyed it. We'll definitely return. Highlights included the eggplant spread, the stuffed grape leaves and the bread (not sure what it's called.) The crowd was awesome, mostly Turkish and I think Russian. The family next to us kind of adopted our 5 mo daughter to allow me to eat (I was holding her in my lap) so half the night she was with an old woman in a babushka. Can't find that sort of interaction in just any restaurant. The downside is that we got there around 7:30 and it was packed. We had to stand and wait for about 1/2 hour and it was pretty disorganized. It took at least 20 mins to get any service once we were seated -- the food gets to you relatively quickly once you order, but the once you order part is kind of tricky. We finally got one of the harried waiters to get us some bread so our 3 yo wouldn't melt down while we waiting for food. When we go again, I'll definitely go a little earlier, as the waitress said the crowds aren't as bad a little earlier. Thanks for the help!

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        Peter Cherches Feb 5, 2007 11:14 AM

        It's very good. The majority of the clientele appears to be Russian. It's a short walk from the Kings Highway B & Q station. In additon to excellent grilled meat dishes, they do nice pides.

        http://petercherches.blogspot.com

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          JackS Feb 6, 2007 04:31 AM

          The iskender kebab is the thing to get there. Everytime I eat it I get yumminess flashbacks for a few days.

          The shepherd's salad rocks, too.

          I would avoid the lamacun (Turkish pizz, really good elsewhere).

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            Bob Martinez Feb 6, 2007 08:19 AM

            I strongly 2nd the Iskander kebab. I really need to get back to this place soon.

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          am73685 Feb 3, 2007 02:49 PM

          the place has great turkish food, way better than SAHARA

          yes its still BYOB

          the closest train will be on east 16th street - B or Q
          it is casual and family friendly but gets packed often

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            redgirl Feb 3, 2007 01:24 PM

            yes
            yes
            yes
            i think so..

            it's very good. and fun.

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