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Any good Turkish food in Queens???

BarbLef Jan 28, 2008 05:35 PM

My cousin and a friend are coming in from Pennsylvania and the friend is seriously into Turkish cusine. Unfortunately I know absolutely nothing about this type of food. Does anyone have a suggestion??

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  1. johnk RE: BarbLef Jan 29, 2008 02:59 AM

    The two options I have are :
    Take Out - Mangal in Sunnyside. Nice sandwiches on homemade Turkish flatbread,
    Sit Down - Kebab Cafe in Little Neck. Great eggplant salads and stuffed cabbage, etc.

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      Anne RE: BarbLef Jan 29, 2008 08:59 AM

      Istanbul on Queens Blvd. in Rego Park. See my report (item #5) at: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/476374

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        joekarten RE: Anne Jan 29, 2008 09:13 AM

        turkish grill on queens blvd in sunnyside.

      2. janie RE: BarbLef Jan 29, 2008 07:10 PM

        Istanbul is okay in Rego Park but the atmosphere leaves something to be desired...Hemsin used to be pretty good in Sunnyside but it's been replaced by a Turkish Seafood place, and it's alot pricier and what I've read about it seems to indicate small portions---but it might be worth a try. If you want to go into Manhattan, one of the best Turkish places is Ali Baba right on 34th st between 2nd and 3rd ave..it's excellent and really good value. They have a really good lunch special also, and excellent chicken kebab, and Coban salad, etc.............Also in Manhattan around 27 or 28th st and 3rd ave is Turkish Kitchen which has a nice atmosphere, more expensive than Ali Baba, but a popular place--although I prefer the food at Ali Baba. I didn't really care for the food at Kebab Cafe the couple times I went in Little Neck although they are very nice there.

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          stuartlafonda RE: janie Jan 30, 2008 06:36 AM

          Tulip in Great Neck is a little better choice then Kebab House in Little Neck. Food is better, the room is much bigger and they have a belly dancer on weekends. I'm not saying it is a destination spot, more of a good place if you find yourself in the area.

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            tigerwoman RE: janie Oct 7, 2008 03:06 AM

            Kebab House in Little Neck went throught about a year of serious downhill decline but has brought itself back up again to previus stellar heights. My extended family has been eating there for years especially my great aunt who eats there at least once a week. The owner is a very nice man who had alot of problems with losing chef/nephew and didn't want to acknowledge that things had gone downhill. He finally got it when biz dropped off significantly.

            There are often groups of turkish folks dining there any day of the week and he sometimes closes the space for private parties (only seats around 40 - 50 max)

            anyway the good news is that the food and portions are really good.
            our favorites are the fried liver appetizer, the calamari with really good garlic sauce (tender calamari too), coban salad, incredible version of baba ganoush (don't call it that) ,
            sometimes we just order doubles of all of those and make a mezze meal
            my son also likes the hummous (I am not a big fan0 they give you grilled pita like bread which when hot is quite tasty)

            for mains some favorites are the chicken chops - basically 3 chicken legs/thighs boned in such a way to look like a chop - very tasty

            also like the lamb burgers

            but really like the apps best

            some like the spinach pie - not my fav, nor was I ever impressed with the dolmati
            somehow when we deviate from our favorites we are dissappointed .
            but love, love, love the food there
            and yes it's worth traveling for!

          2. Brian S RE: BarbLef Jan 30, 2008 08:22 AM

            There are good places way out in Brooklyn and also in New Jersey, but in Queens all the action is on a strip of Queens Boulevard between 39 and 47 street. There's Marmara, Turkish Grill, Mangal, and probably several others I'm forgetting. I haven't tried most of them so I can't comment on quality.

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              ajs42548 RE: BarbLef Jan 30, 2008 09:27 AM

              I will echo those who say Turkish Grill on Queens Blv'd in Sunnyside is a good choice.
              It's around 41st or 42nd Street.

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                ChicaDIficil RE: ajs42548 Feb 2, 2008 05:25 AM

                Me too. Turkish Grill is great.

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                  catherine RE: ChicaDIficil Feb 2, 2008 11:53 AM

                  Same here. We like Turkish grill for sit-down. I go to Mangal for takeout often as well -- the lentil soup at Mangal is really great, too. My favorite light meal to get takeout. By the way I've been wondering, does anyone know about the place that replaced Hemsin? I know it's got a seafood focus, but is it still Turkish? Any good?

              2. Bigbird RE: BarbLef Feb 1, 2008 02:11 PM

                Adding my vote for Kebab House on Northern Blvd in Little Neck. Yes, it is a fairly small restaurant, but excellent food. We have been with friends who have lived in Turkey, and they assure us that it is the real deal.

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                  chefjellynow RE: Bigbird Feb 6, 2008 06:32 AM

                  layla in bayside is pretty tasty, right on bell blvd

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                    kenito799 RE: chefjellynow Apr 14, 2008 07:09 AM

                    Layla changed its name to Wish Ne Cafe, it is good, we thought, but depressingly empty!

                2. agent99712 RE: BarbLef Oct 4, 2008 09:29 AM

                  yes, turkish grill is solid and charming atmosphere too. gets busy for both lunch and dinner. unfortunately the young female owner doesn't have her heart in it. i've done a ton of take out orders both large and small and she is completely unappreciative and sometimes went out of her way to avoid having to work a little. i've started to use istanbul restaurant. those guys are super nice, very accomodating. i will say food isn't as great but they work hard and will deliver. turkish won't deliver for me, go figure.

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