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Jan 3, 2009 09:52 AM

Anyone tried new Turkish place in White Plains?

Walking down Mamaroneck Avenue last night, I noticed a new Turkish place next to Mario's Pizza. Went inside and grabbed a menu, looks like the standard, but decent selection of meze, sandwiches and kebabs. More of a takeout place than real sit-down restaurant. Prices seemed reasonable (although $6.95 sandwiches seem a little steep). The owner said they'd be extending their hours into late night once the weather gets warmer and he sees how the foot traffic is.

It's called Turkish Cuisine Westchester, at 116 Mamaroneck Avenue. They have a website:

Anyone tried this place yet? If it's any good, it's be a welcome addition to the area, especially for late-night grub.

Turkish Cuisine Westchester
116 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601

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  1. OK, got some takeout for dinner today. Here's what I tried:

    Lentil soup ($3.95): Smooth and flavorful, though not as much lemon juice flavor as you get with Arab-style lentil soups.

    Falaffel appetizer ($4.95): Five or six balls had a nice crunch to them. The accompanying hummus was good, if a little oily

    Sigara boregi ( $4.95): Five large pieces. Filling was good, rich with dill and parsley. Unfortunately, the surrounding pastry was limp, even after re-heating it in the oven. Tasted like the pastry was pre-fab.

    White bean salad ($6.95): Huge portion, and with onions, tomatoes, peppers, very tasty, although there was a little too much dressing.

    Adana kebab ($9.95): Got two large kebabs with rice and salad. The ground lamb was juicy and seasoned nicely with carrots and peppers, though not as spicy as I thought adana kebabs should be.

    Overall, it wasn't great, but it's promising. There are several other things on the menu I'd like to try. The owner said they've been only open for about three weeks, so maybe they still have some kinks to iron out.

    1. I got take-out containers of their Chumus and Baba Ganouj - The Chumus was quite good but the Baba Ganouj was the best I have found in Westchester - that is if you like your Baba Ganouj with a home style smokey flavor, as I do.

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      1. re: 1nemo1

        I love smokey baba ghanouj. Will have to try this place out. Also, I checked the menu on the web and the prices seemed crazy reasonable as compared to Turkish Meze. Don't misunderstand, I love Turkish Meze - the food and service are always wonderful - but this new place is offering Iskender Kebab at $9 or so compared to $16 at Meze. Meze's iskender is to die for so will be hard to live up to.

        1. re: laylag

          This place is definitely more of a takeout, small cafe-type place, not a sit-down restaurant like Turkish Meze.

          1. re: kdgchow

            That's fine. We do take-out from Meze more often than eat in anyway.

            1. re: laylag

              I love turkish food but it has been quite awhile, so what are they know for and what is good? Is it a clean place?

              1. re: nbermas

                Turklish Meze or the new place? I can't speak to the new place as I haven't been. Turkish Meze is wonderful. Everything we've had there has been excellent. As per above post, I love their Iskender kabob. A few other notables: the Piyaz (white bean salad), Mucver (zucchini pancakes - a bit oily but delicious nonetheless), Hukar Begendi (cubes of lamb over eggplant puree) and all of the cold meze too - hummus, babaghanouj, etc. I haven't had a loser from there yet.

                Hope you give them a try and let me know if you enjoyed. And, if you get to the new place before I do, please post your thoughts.

                1. re: laylag

                  I will defintely try this place we need this type in Stamford. I have always loved turkish food.

                  1. re: nbermas

                    Though not Turkish, Layla's in Stamford is great middle eastern and the food puts Turkish Cuisine to shame.

      2. I tried it last night and thought it was very promising. (Can't compare it to Turkish Meze though.) There were a lot of appealing looking kebab options, but I couldn't make up my mind, so I ordered the Mixed Cold Appetizer Plate with humus, lebni, baba ganush, eggplant with sauce, and dolmas, and a side of warm pita. It was a very enjoyable meal, with the baba ganush and lebni standouts for texture and flavor. The dolmas were good, and seemed homemade, but didn't stand up to my favorites, from Yaranush. Service (there are a few seats) was solicitious and friendly. I'd definitely go back.

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        1. re: asm_ny

          Apo Kilic, owner of Turkish Meze in Mamaroneck, has opened Turkish Cuisine Westchester (116 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains 914-683-6111) with partner Vahide Meric. On the menu: chicken gyros, lamb and beef kebabs, and stuffed cabbage (entrées don’t go much above $12). Don’t miss the daily made baklava and rice pudding on the short dessert list. Open Mon through Sat for lunch and dinner. //

          1. re: Jon1856

            Can't wait to try the baklava...always in search for great Baklava in the county..thanks for the info!

            1. re: christinepierce

              IMVHO the Baklava at Shiraz is better. Much lighter on the use of honey. Lets one enjoy all the tastes better.

              1. re: Jon1856

                I thought the babaganush was first class, as were the accompanying pitas. Easily the best babaganush I've had- so smoky and fresh.
                The chicken gyro was a little disappointing, looking forward to trying the lamb gyro.
                Falafel was very good and crispy; wished I had had it in a sandwich.
                The "Kofte," was incredibly moist - loved this.
                Baklava was sweet and syrupy, which I appreciated.

                All in all, looking forward to future visits, and trying their delivery service.

        2. Was just written up/reviewed in White Planes Times:

          Turkish TreasureOn The Town, On A Budget By: Brian Austin with Paula Markowitz WittlinPublished: February 13, 2009
          Word is out—as evidenced by late night lines—the recently opened Turkish Cuisine Westchester is rapidly gaining popularity. The restaurant’s slogan states, “Best Mediterranean Food In Town,” and you’ll have to travel significantly further to find a challenger. Or at least to Mamaroneck, where co-owner Apo Kilic’s more lavish Turkish Meze restaurant is located........

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          1. re: Jon1856

            Are they open on Sundays? We are craving falafel and kofte kebabs!

            1. re: RawTunaFan

              Your answer is in the link I provided RTF ;>D
              And if you are looking for good kebabs, try this place which IIRC is open Sunday's:

              1. re: RawTunaFan

                closed on Sunday. We were thinking out of the box for the super bowl, but were disappointed to find that they were closed that day.

              2. re: Jon1856

                What type of Felafel....the "roll" or the "pita pocket". I don't know why but the rolls always disapppoint.

                1. re: jcmods

                  falafel was a half-globe? Served on bed of lettuce with sauce on the side. Yummy.

                  1. re: jwg

                    When you say "globe" do you mean sandwich? Hope there was more than just lettuce in the sandwich. My big beef with a lot of the bad falafels is: dry/mealy falafel balls (although a lot of times they can be undercooked and mushy); ice berg lettuce; large-cut vegetables; not enough tahini; and tahini that has the consistency of peanut butter. (And maybe stale bread that breaks apart).

                    If it is not drowning in sauce, I tend to think it's not very good.

                    1. re: jcmods

                      We went and had the falafel as an appetizer - just the balls, not in a pita sandwich. I thought they were on the dry side. I too like my falafal crispy outside but moist and soft inside. These didn't quite get there. Otherwise, food was good. Best falafel I've had around here was at Turquoise in Larchmont - good parsley, veggie flavor and moist, soft but not mushy.

                    2. re: jwg

                      When I have had falafel before, it was in balls or log shapes. This was a half of a sphere shaped. It was an appetizer served with lettuce, not served on pita. If I remember, the sauce was on the side.

                2. From Westchester Magazine:
                  Ottoman Eats
                  Cheap, delicious...and kinda good for you