ABA Turkish Restaurant
New York, NY 10019
Village Voice's Description
Istanbul Cafe is a warm, comfortable Turkish restaurant and bakery. In the afternoons, tables of men linger over glasses of sweet mint tea and a dessert or two. Although lamb and beef are cooked every which way here--in kabobs, as kofte, stuffed into manti dumplings--the substantial salads and boreks are a vegetarian's feast. And the display case up front holds a dizzying array of Turkish sweets that appeal to anyone with a pulse. Each of those appetizer salads taste fresh and vibrant, but the lebni, so rich you could stand a spoon up in it, and the tomato salad are uncommonly good. The stuffed grape leaf contains rice mixed with currants, onions, and raisins to savory-sweet effect.
Tips from foursquare
New York'ta nefis Turk kahvaltısı
Excellent lentil soup and they give you lots of yummy bread.
Large entree portions, appetizer platter was delish!
The ali nazik with lamb is amazing!
Sip delicious Turkish coffee over a baklava on a couch while watching the clueless queue across the street in Starbucks.