ABA Turkish Restaurant

325 W. 57th St.
New York, NY 10019
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  • Daily 10am-11pm
  • $$
  • Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snack Food
  • No Alcohol
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Not Necessary
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.

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  • Istanbul Cafe: Let's Talk Turkey
    Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 4 a.m. by Sarah DiGregorio

    Istanbul Café sits on a rather glum office-block stretch of 57th Street, but the eatery feels somehow apart. The mix of diners reminds me of the crowd you might see in JFK International Airport just before the evening flights...


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