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Aug 13, 2008 06:28 PM

best restaurant for 2 nights in Athens and 1 in Istanbul

Please recommend a restaurant where 3 couples can have a fantastic meal in each of these 2 cities. Since we have little time we want to make it memorable. Looking for prices that are in keeping with a mid range New York restaurant. We will be coming off a cruise ship, so location must be easy enough to reach from there. Have heard that there are some in Istanbul with great rooftop views. Want Greek and Turkish food. Thanks.

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  1. You could try Varoulka, in Piraeus. I've never eaten there, but it's reputed to be the best seafood restaurant in Athens. If your time is limited, it will be more relaxing than going into central Athens.

    1. Unfortunately anything in Istanbul that's in extremely easy reach of a cruise ship is likely to be a tourist trap that is not worth your time (though there's a legendary fish place that might bit the fill, finding it is a challenge). For a great view of the Bosporus and the Golden Horn, you'll want Hamdi Et Lokantasi , which is on the Eminönü side and does serviceable kebabs with a spectacular view. A higher view and better food can be had from Doga Balik, though it's a bit of a hike up the slope on the Karaköy side of the Horn. Reservations are probably preferable to get your best shot at an outdoor table with a view.

      Finest of all the places I've eaten at is Çiya sofrasi, which is on the Asian side of the Bosporus. It's a major pain to get to from a cruise ship dock, though, unless your ship is docking on the Asian side. No view, but the food is phenomenal!

      1. Since my previous post, I've realised that Varoulka has moved from Piraeus to central Athens.

        Jimmy and the Fish is another well-reputed restaurant in Piraeus that you might try.

        1. Hi,

          for me the best restaurant in Athens is TA KIOUPIA , fIne Greek Cuisine, modern and traditional. The chef is also the owner, for 30 years his family is in the business. Check out the site for the photos. The prices are ok, not the cheapest, but you get value for money, and authenticity.

          Bon Apetit

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          1. re: Gourmet1

            I think Madona went to TA KIOUPIA, on the 29th of Sept. daytime, for lunch. That day she had a concert in Athens.......