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Feb 19, 2012 05:22 AM

BRYANT PARK Turkish stand....MMm Enfes

Having been struck by a sudden craving, I would like to try the gozleme at this well-regarded food stand, which I believe is at Bryant Park through the end of February.

Does anyone know if the food stands in the park,and in particular this one, are open on Sundays?

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  1. Well, this place now has a brick and mortar address at 39th/6th (about a block south of the SW corner of Bryant Park), next to that travesty called "Sushi & Deli Box".

    Anyhow, stopped in, and may have discovered my new favorite place for simits in Manhattan. These are light, chewy, nutty, with just the right hint of sweetness as you work through the dough in about your 4th chew (give or take a chew here and there).

    I think I still prefer Simit + Smith (UWS) if I want a PB&J Simit, but if I just want a basic simit I think this is the place for me.

    Mmm Enfes

    11 Replies
    1. re: ipsedixit

      Ipsedixit: Many thanks for the new info; once I make my way back to Manhattan, will add this address to the rotation....

      Enjoy many of your posts!

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I walk by this place all the time! A while back i stopped in for a turkish coffee and baklava (both excellent!) but now i'll be sure to stop in for lunch too.....

        1. re: ipsedixit

          NICE! Thanks for this, I love Turkish food and work nearby (and haven't eaten a simit since I was in Turkey 5 years ago!) Will give this one a try and report back...

          1. re: ipsedixit

            I tried the simit w/ cheese + tomato sandwich and the potato gul borek. I really liked the simit sandwich. They put it in a panini press for a bit, and the simit is soft but still chewy and the cheese gets a bit melted.

            The potato gul borek was alright; next time I'll try one of the gozleme. Would definitely come back here to buy lunch.

            1. re: ipsedixit

              Have you tried the simit at the midtown west Simit and smith? I'm a simit novice, but had a sesame one from them today that was great- lots of sesame flavor from all the seeds. Nice turkish coffee with a frothy top, just be sure to say if you want less or no sugar otherwise its quite sweet. Any recommendations? I'll be back for that coffee for sure....

              1. re: Ttrockwood

                No, not yet. Just the PB&J Simit from S&S UWS.

                Good to know about the new Midtown location. Thanks for the report.

                1. re: ipsedixit

                  I'm always game for pb and j- actually i bet it will be great with the turkish coffee! That will likely be breakfast...

                  1. re: Ttrockwood

                    Sesame simit with pb and j and a turkish coffee today- not sure the simits will catch on in a city of bagels but was very good! Like the chewy outsides of the bagel with minimal inside bready part. Very generous with the sesame seeds which adds more flavor than the usual sesame bagel skimpy sprinkle. I'll be back....

              2. re: ipsedixit

                Enfes closed :( , is now shwarma doner house, haven't tried it yet

                1. re: vinouspleasure

                  Are they still serving pastry? It would be as shame if they closed. Enfes made terrific beef gözleme topped off with nigella seeds. Almost as good as their gül börek. Or was it their spinach börek that I founding? Really everything there was great and it'd be a crying shame if we were down to one Turkish bakery in Manhattan now.