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Seeking best Turkish food in Sheepshead Area

kernel Jan 28, 2009 07:33 AM

Within a 25-30 minute drive from the Bay, what would you recommend? Been to Sahara-parking impossible and they act like they're doing you a favor by serving you-though their bread is super!

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    pds8232 RE: kernel Jan 28, 2009 12:38 PM

    We've had decent (not outstanding) meals at Cafe Istanbul.


    1. BklynBlaise RE: kernel Jan 28, 2009 02:35 PM

      Anatolian Gyro Restaurant on Sheepshead Bay Road isn't bad. I've had some solid grilled meats and sandwiches there. The salads/dips can be very good at times, but consistency is sometimes an issue for them. They used to have a sister restaurant with a nice garden on Ave U (East 20-something St.), but I'm not sure if they're still around.

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        kernel RE: BklynBlaise Jan 28, 2009 03:05 PM

        The restaurant on Avenue U is still there-had the tiny cubed shish-kebab which were dried out and awful. The appetizer portion of beans was insulting for the price charged. Their prices are not any less than Sahara though they are friendly.

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          BklynBlaise RE: kernel Jan 28, 2009 06:38 PM

          I agree...the Ave. U restaurant did overcook the lamb shish kebabs the one time I was there. However, we did very much enjoy the generously portioned entree of grilled baby lamb chops--they were cooked perfectly medium, with nice color on the outside. Overall, though, I do prefer the Sheepshead Bay one over the Ave. U satellite branch.

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        guide boy RE: kernel Jan 28, 2009 03:11 PM

        Check out Memo, Kings Highway and E. 19th. Excellent and inexpensive.

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          Rmis32 RE: guide boy Jan 28, 2009 07:08 PM

          Memo's food is good & inexpensive, with a no-frills atmosphere. Cafe Istanbul is right across the street from the bay, good, if unspectacular food, and a nice ambiance. Taci's Beyti, 1955 Coney Island Ave near Ave P also has good Turkish food.

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            DistrictSelectman RE: Rmis32 Jan 14, 2013 08:12 PM

            Bump to recommend Memo. Kind of leans Turkish-American (eg, you order "gyro on homebread" instead of döner) but they have iskembe corbasi on the menu, which you rarely find, and it's delicious. (Tacis Beyti frequently has it, too, but you have to ask.) Sausage pide was tasty. Skip the ayran, which was pretty bad, full of stabilizers and emulsifiers. Would like to try the lahmacun and iskender kebab.

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          gpcohen RE: kernel Jan 28, 2009 03:19 PM

          Limon, on Emmons Avenue, for excellent seafood in particular. Good appetizers and bread, too. Make a reservation on the weekend.

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            jen kalb RE: gpcohen Jan 15, 2013 08:56 AM

            Limon is directly on Sheepshead Bay and suffered considerable damage from Sandy. if considering it should check that they are reopened.

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              squid kun RE: jen kalb Jan 15, 2013 07:13 PM

              I've enjoyed Liman, too. Passed by a couple weeks ago and it was closed with a sign that said they were aiming to reopen in (I think) spring.

              Recently we had a couple of meals at Istanbul that we liked just as much, maybe more since they lacked the excessive saltiness we found in some dishes at Liman. But Istanbul's also closed and doesn't look close to reopening.

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                Barry Strugatz RE: squid kun Jan 16, 2013 07:41 AM

                Liman is open. Went there Saturday night.

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                  jen kalb RE: Barry Strugatz Jan 16, 2013 07:54 AM

                  great news, thanks!

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            Mazaev RE: kernel Jan 29, 2009 04:38 AM

            Memo on Kings Hwy and 19th St. is basically what Sahara used to be when it was good. They've expanded from the hole-in-the-wall they used to be but their food remained great.

            Also, would highly recommend Tacis Beyti on Coney Island and Ave P (1955 Coney Island Ave). They tend to get pretty packed, but the food quality is up there.

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              bruklinboy RE: kernel Jan 29, 2009 05:33 AM

              Turqua Grill in Bay Ridge
              5th Ave and 96th St
              excellent food
              less than 30 min fron Sheepshead Bay
              and well worth the hassle of finding parking

              1. Cheese Boy RE: kernel Jan 14, 2013 08:39 PM

                Bob Martinez did a great job with this thread,
                so I decided to put this out there (even for the pics alone).

                Look --> http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/855232

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                  jeeg RE: kernel Jan 15, 2013 04:31 AM

                  I'd also recommend Tacis Beyti on Coney Island Ave

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                    jen kalb RE: jeeg Jan 15, 2013 08:58 AM

                    I posted on Bob's thread and we like Tacis Beyti. But it did not knock me off my feet - not the best turkish flavors Ive had in this city. still looking for a place that can deliver that to me again.

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