Best trendy Turk (2008)


There's no lack of Turks on the Upper West, but the newest is the most interesting. And it's not the ho-hum entrées that excite me, but the appetizers, which are mainly vegetarian and can easily stand alone as a full meal. Zeytin occupies a sunny corner location on Columbus, with French doors thrown open in fine weather, and a decent selection of wines and beers. In order of descending interest, my favorite dishes are: mucver (dilled zucchini pancakes), enginar (wonderful oily artichoke salad), kalamar tava (the usual fried calamari, only served with an unusual Circassian walnut sauce), and izgara bildricin sarma (quail wrapped in grape leaves and grilled).


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