Co-owner Yucel Yuksel lives in Bensonhurst, where he also co-owns the Turkish fast food restaurant Istanbul Fast Food (2202 86th Street, Brooklyn). His patrons there compelled him to take his Turkish fare to a sit-down venue, and he felt like there was a Turkish food void in Fort Greene. The restaurant bills itself as “Turkish Mediterranean”; most of the dishes are traditional Turkish with a couple of basic Italian red-sauce-white-sauce pastas thrown in “just in case someone wants pasta,” says Yuksel.
The restaurant is already good to go with a liquor license. The wine list features just a couple Turkish options, skewing more Italian and Spanish in its offerings. They also have Turkish beer and a grape alcohol called Efe that’s similar to Ouzo.