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Oct 12, 2013 10:03 AM

Koy Turkish Grill ~ East Brunswick

I seriously need to get on Rt.18! All these tempting restaurants keep popping up!! I have not been here, yet! It does look good :) format

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  1. It's next to Stop & Shop. Had to pick up a few groceries and they looked pretty busy. White Castle is being constructed out front.

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    1. re: ebchower

      Other points of interest.. or not...

      The Burger King on Rt. 18 North is getting a makeover. Looks like only the drive through is open at this point.

      There used to be a restaurant next to Afandina's (Middle Eastern store) called Franco's Italian Grill, I believe. It's now Mary's Mediterranean Grill & Mexican food. Yeah, I'm curious.

      Kind of a weird menu.

      Anyone been?

      1. re: MarlboroMan

        We went yesterday to Mary's. Prices seem higher for the Mexican stuff than at Pancho Villa's or El Pollo y La Oaxaquena. The Mexican stuff also seems less authentic (Grilled New York Strip Steak with Roasted Potatoes?).

        We got the weekend specials, posole and mole poblano. Neither was as good as the other restaurants mentioned. For example, there were no chilis or cilantro in the posole (though the waitress did bring a shaker of dried cilantro). Pancho Villa's put plenty of chilis and *fresh* cilantro in theirs. The mole was also blander than elsewhere, and came with rice but no beans.

        Oh, and the menu is entirely in English. One test of authenticity to me is whether the menu items are in Spanish (possibly with English translations under them), or just in English. Needless to say, the former is usually more authentic.

        On the other hand, there were customers in there speaking Spanish.

    2. I eat here tonite!! Yum and super great service!! I have added some pics from our dinner! (Thanks iPhone!)

      I will definately be back! Love the liver appetizer, the gyro meat, and the lamb cubes!

      There was a table next to us, full of complaints of nonsense!! So annoying!! Why come out if you are looking for a free meal? Grow the price..and stop asking for dinners taken off your bill because they were not "hot enough". We know who you are and I can't stand it'!!!

      Anyway..I loved it!! My husband, too!!

      Can't wait to go next weekend...sans the most annoying complainers!!!

        1. re: Angelina

          What would you recommend as a safe choice for someone who likes to tread carefully trying ethnic food? In other words, someone used to all the Route 18 chains?

          1. re: ebchower

            Try one of the chicken dishes. Another table had a chicken kebab and it looked very good as well!

        2. Sorry, but a pile of sliced raw red onion and a warmed-over slice of tomato is a rather unappetizing and unimaginative and uncultured red flag side dish for me. A chef has to try harder than that to get my business.