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May 17, 2008 04:28 AM

Best Turkish in Manhattan?

including the bread they serve?

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  1. Two current favorites:

    Limon is a "hidden gem," on 24th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs. The food at this teensy spot (only 6 tables) is well-prepared and very tasty, and service is friendly and efficient.

    At Uskudar, on 2nd Av., b/t 73rd & 74th Sts., the food is excellent, service is pleasant and capable, and the very small space has charming decor. Menu on

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    1. re: RGR

      I love Beyoglu (81st and Third)
      Great decor, wonderful service and the food...YUMMY!
      Love their vegetarian platter or mezzes...especially the eggplant salad.

    2. For something very casual, Taksim is great

      1. This is hearsay, but good hearsay. I have 2 associates (both Turkish) who recommended Ali Baba (34th St) to me on separate occasions. Oh, and one of them is a restaurant owner.

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        1. re: Dave_G

          Ali Baba is, indeed, very good.

          1. re: Dave_G

            i hate being such a long echo, but yeah, this location is very good. i've found other locations to be not as good.

          2. my favorite for bread is akdeniz (midtown) or turkuaz (uws). food at these two places is just ok, tho, for the most part. akdeniz has good cızbız köfte (charcoal grilled 'meatballs') and turkuaz has decent (tho very greasy) mucver.

            pasha on the uws usually has fantastic hunkar begendi, though i've had it once or twice where it was made with too much flour. cold appetizers at pasha are also better across the board than at at other restaurants, i think.

            if i remember correctly, zeytin was the place that had good manti.

            1. Pasha on W 71st hands down!