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AK Cafe (Clifton)

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This place is a real find for Chowhounds! AK Cafe is across the street from the AK Market, a wonderful source of all foods Turkish that is located on Crooks Avenue in Paterson. The Cafe is just across the street,(and around the corner from Corrado's), and after doing some food shopping, we decided to give it a shot for a light dinner. When you walk in, the first thing you see is a long showcase filled with beautiful looking pastries, cakes, puddings and tarts. Tables are set up in the back. The menu is in English, unless the dish has a Turkish name, but everything is id'd with a photograph, so it's really user friendly. I was tempted to get the Adana plate, described as special marinated meat with chef's special ingredients, but opted for a sandwich called kumru--it contained grilled soujouk (a salami-like Turkish sausage), sausage, pastrami and melted cheese. The roll it was served on was excellent quality, and it was grilled in a sandwich press. A mixed grill on a bun, and one of the best sandwiches I've ever tasted. "Apple fries", which are thick slices of potato, served on the side. All this for $7.95.

My wife had an app. called Akborek--sort of a deep-fried dumpling filled with a feta-like cheese, flavored with basil and a tomato-based dipping sauce on the side (6.95). Everything that was fried was light and greaseless.

As an experiment, had a traditional Turkish pudding, based on dried fruit, and which contained chick peas and beans, for dessert. Did not try any of the really fancy looking desserts--next time.

Address: 415 Crooks Avenue, Clifton

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  1. Thank you for the review, albinoni. I have heard some very promising things about AK Cafe from some of the folks who work at nearby St. Joseph's Medical Center. I hope to try it for breakfast or lunch soon.

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    1. re: maryanne06

      My wife and I love the AK cafe. We go every now and then for the Turkish Breakfast. A beautiful plate of fresh breads, homemade cream, butter, jams, honey, sausage, and fruits....A great authentic breakfast.