Tulip - Turkish food in Great Neck
I finally had a chance to try Tulip in Great Neck this weekend. I had heard good things, but I'm generally not a huge fan of this type of food, so it took a while to make it to the top of the list. Boy was I pleasantly surprised. My wife and I had the Greek salad, which was fresh and tasty, served I think with kasheri cheese instead of feta, which I didn't mind at all. My wife then had the Sultan's delight, whcih was a sort of lamb stew served over a puree of eggplant and kasheri cheese. I was skeptical of the puree but it was excellent and I would have licked the plate had the restaurant been a bit darker. I had the spicy lamb kebab with was very juicy lamb seasoned with red pepper and served with a hot sauce for dipping. It wasn't killer hot, but it was delicious.
I've been to places like Colbeh, which I realize is the cuisine of one country over, and I'm always disappointed. I find the food dry and needing a sauce, and I'm not impressed with the hot sauce that is available. Tulip, however, addressed this problem nicely.
We're looking forward to going back and trying some more entrees and appetizers.
Thanks for the report. I have not eaten there in a few years and they are somehow off my radar. When I ate there I liked the food but the space was large, empty and a little depressing so I did not return. Have they fixed it up at all? I am not at all a fan of Colbeh, stictly catering hall quality food. Ethos is fine but it is nice to have another option.
We went on Saturday night at about 6:30. While it wasn't crowded, there were a few tables seated and a few more that came in while we were there. The decor was nice enough.
I think they get a later crowd on Saturday night because they have music at 9:30 and belly dancing at 10:30. There was a table for about 20 that was set but not occupied while we were there. On Friday they have belly dancing at 8:30, I think, so that might draw an earlier crowd.