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Turkish cuisine for a celebratory dinner...

RebelWithaCause Aug 23, 2012 07:08 AM

Looking for buy a gift certificate for two newleyweds who LOVE Turkish food.
Anywhere in the city is fine...They live in Gramercy and go to Sahara all the time, so I was looking for something similar in food quality...Thanks!

  1. Motosport Aug 23, 2012 08:14 AM

    We like Ali Baba on 34th St.
    If they like Turkish food they will also love Byblos on Madison and 28th. Authentic lebanese/Syrian food in a very nice space. One of our all time favorites!!

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    1. re: Motosport
      thegforceny Aug 23, 2012 10:21 AM

      I second Ali Baba. They have a roof terrace that is pleasant. nice selection of Turkish wines, reasonable prices, friendly, even warm service.

      Go there 3 times and you're practically family. I mean, unless EVERYONE gets a rose made out of a paper napkin like I do?

      1. re: thegforceny
        RebelWithaCause Aug 23, 2012 10:29 AM

        ha! ok...well I'm glad I have a couple options. Thanks friends.

        1. re: thegforceny
          rose water Aug 23, 2012 02:15 PM

          I loved Ali Baba when I worked in the area 10 years ago, but on my last trip there, the food was only so so and the service atrocious. We ordered light, and they were really hostile about it (despite the fact that the restaurant was pretty empty, and you'd think they'd want my over tired preschooler out of there as efficiently as possible). Disappointing dried out bread with the apps, and I know how good their bread can be...

          1. re: rose water
            Riverman500 Aug 23, 2012 02:34 PM

            I actually went to Ali Baba last night. I agree with your impression about the food, i.e. it was so so and nothing like the excellent meal I had there eight years ago, though service was friendly.

          2. re: thegforceny
            LeahBaila Aug 24, 2012 11:43 AM


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          RGR Aug 23, 2012 08:02 AM

          Turkish Kitchen has been our favorite for many years. We had dinner there two weeks ago. As always, the food was perfectly prepared and delicious. They've redone the decor to tone down the red a bit. Very attractive.

          Turkish Kitchen photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157630930123048/

          ETA: We tried Sahara twice when it first opened. Imo, Turkish Kitchen is superior.


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          1. re: RGR
            Bob Martinez Aug 23, 2012 09:28 AM

            Strongly second Turkish Kitchen.

            Another good choice is the Greenwich St. location of Turks & Frogs. Elegant place.


            1. re: Bob Martinez
              RebelWithaCause Aug 23, 2012 05:13 PM

              Turks and frogs: it's a nice place, but is the food good?

              1. re: RebelWithaCause
                Bob Martinez Aug 23, 2012 07:21 PM

                I wouldn't have recommended it if I didn't think so.

                1. re: Bob Martinez
                  RebelWithaCause Aug 24, 2012 05:46 AM

                  well ok then. thank you.

                  1. re: RebelWithaCause
                    Bob Martinez Aug 24, 2012 06:11 AM

                    Tastes can vary of course. I've had a lot of good meals at T&F and I've also had a lot of good meals at Turkish Kitchen. Based on the things I regularly order(and those are different for each person) I'd give a slight edge on food to TK and a major edge to T&F in decor and ambiance. Either is a good choice.

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