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Mar 30, 2009 06:23 PM

best turkish restaurant in NYC for special occasion

Any thoughts for the best turkish place in new york for a special occasion - so far i've heard ali babi, turkish kitchen and dervish - which one do you think is best for both food and atmosphere?

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    1. I can't answer your question, unfortuantely, other than to say that I just ate at Turkish Kitchen...I thought the food was good, and the atmosphere is very nice. We had decent mezze and mantı and lamb kebap were very good.

      1. I haven't been to Dervish, but have eaten at both Ali Baba and Turkish Kitchen a number of times. Turkish Kitchen is much larger than Ali Baba, and has seating on two levels (second level is quieter in my experience). I find the food at Turkish Kitchen to perhaps be a bit better than Ali Baba (though we live in the neighborhood and order from Ali Baba quite frequently), and prices there are a bit higher. Overall, while I like both places, I'd say that Turkish Kitchen is probably more of a special occasion place.

        1. I enjoy Pasha on W. 71st. Very tasty. I love the stuffed baby eggplant and the phyllo rolls with feta. I usually just get appitizers and drinks, but the atmosphere is very nice.

          1. Turkish Kitchen is pretty good and the atmosphere is great... I have to say best Turkish food in NYC is Tacis Betyi, in Brooklyn. It's a trek if you don't live in the Midwood/Sheepshead Bay area... I have a Turkish friend who comes from Long Island to eat there and he thinks its way better food than any of the places in Manhattan. Everything is amazing, tender meats and nicely spiced dishes... BUT the atmosphere with the harsh overhead lighting leaves a lot to be desired, even if they do have cloth napkins.