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Raw Foodists Rejoice! CigkofteM Opens and It May Be the City's Strangest Dining Spot

Raw Foodists Rejoice! CigkofteM Opens and It May Be the City's Strangest Dining Spot

The red blob in the center is the sole product of a new Turkish eatery.

"Do you have a takeout menu?" I asked as, abandoning my bike on the curb, I stepped into the newly refurbished storefront on East 9th, a stone's throw from Tompkins Park. "No. We only have one thing," was her reply.

Raw Foodists Rejoice! CigkofteM Opens and It May Be the City's Strangest Dining Spot

A new Turkish joint sets down near Tompkins Square.

She also hastened to tell me that CigkofteM - the name of the new place - was indeed as I had guessed a Turkish chain (the orthography on the awning is a giveaway). But one with an off-the-wall single specialty: a thick paste of walnuts and soaked but uncooked bulgur wheat mixed with spices either assertive or not, and rolled up into balls the size of a Spaldeen and either served with a pita or on a bun like a hamburger.

There's a third possibility, I realized as the countergal handed a free sample over to me: wrapped in an iceberg lettuce leaf, which makes it entirely raw food. It's like vegan steak tartare. Hey -- it's actually quite good, and will be more so in the heat of the summer.

As I ate, the gastroclerk told me this is the first American branch, but there are already 130 CigkofteMs around the world, and the company is looking for a second location - in Paterson, NJ.

CigkofteM 438 East 9th Street 212-777-8767

Raw Foodists Rejoice! CigkofteM Opens and It May Be the City's Strangest Dining Spot

You can see why no carryout menu is needed [click to enlarge]. Not sure how they're going to deliver "1 piece of sauce," though.

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Cigkoftem

438 E. 9th St.
New York, NY 10003

212-777-8767

www.cigkoftem.com


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