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.
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. http://takioupia.com/en/index.html. The prices are ok, not the cheapest, but you get value for money, and authenticity.
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 http://travel.nytimes.com/travel/guides/europe/turkey/istanbul/restaurant-detail.html?vid=1154654638508 , 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, http://www.dogabalik.com.tr/ 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! http://www.ciya.com.tr/