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ABA Turkish Restaurant

325 W. 57th St. New York, NY 10019 | West 50s | 212-655-9368

Location 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.

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  • Cuisine(s): Turkish, Vegetarian
  • Hours: Daily 10am-11pm
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Snack Food
  • Alcohol: None
  • Reservations: Not Necessary
  • Parking: No Parking
  • Payment Types: MasterCard, Visa
  • Features: Delivery, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • Dining:
    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...

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