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The brainchild of Yuksel Gultekin, Sofra is a restaurant serving authentic as well as contemporary Turkish cuisine from regions all over Turkey. Set in a welcoming space with paintings, sculptures, tables with eye-shaped amulets and bright lighting flooding the interiors, the restaurant instantly makes you forget you are still in the States. The food offerings are creative, clearly influenced by the chef’s heritage as well as his travel all over the globe. The delectable dishes are prepared from locally-sourced ingredients with each delicacy made from scratch ensuring freshness and quality. The chef doesn’t hesitate to experiment with the presentation of the dishes, transforming each food item into a little piece of art. Complement the savory meals with a wine from the Mediterranean. They also have on offer cocktails and beers apart from the wines. If you are looking for a wonderful dining experience, head to the multiple award-winning Sofra and get ready to go on a culinary voyage through Turkey.
A Grecian blue facade along with Mediterranean whitewashed walls gives away the specialty of this atmospheric restaurant on 124 Street. Serving a splendid spread of authentic Mediterranean and Greek cuisine, Koutouki Taverna is perfect for a lively dinner experience. As you dip your soft Pita Bread into olive oil-drizzled hummus, the restaurant puts up a show replete with traditional Zorba-inspired dancing, belly dancing, and more. Meze or sharing platters are available for large groups, while the house wines couple excellently well with the rest of the menu. Most dishes are served with a healthy dollop of special Greek salad.
Located in the Lorelei neighborhood, this stylish Lebanese and Mediterranean restaurant will teach you a thing or two about these exotic cultures. Sahara Palace serves classic staples such as hot and cold mezze plates, salads, soups and mains. At the helm of the kitchen is expert Chef Chadi Zaytouni, who brings to you delicacies such as Fried Kibbeh, Kebabs, Labneh and Baba Ghanouj, among several others. Come evening, the place transforms into an atmospheric venue, with skilled belly dancers putting on a fabulous show, even as the enchanting music serenades guests.
The Happy Carmel is a neighborhood deli focusing on authentic Mediterranean fare that is sure to please your taste bud. Tabouli Salad, Falafel and Baba Ghanouj are few of the menu offerings. With every salad prepared from scratch and the chefs using only quality ingredients, the meals served are fresh, light and delicious. It’s easy to see that a lot of thought, effort and care is put by the chefs into making every aspect tasteful from the final flavors to the presentation. Bread options include gluten-free pita breads and wraps, organic whole wheat, multi-grain and white among other varieties while dips and spreads include hummus, labaneh and red lentils pate. Since everything on the menu is vegetarian, with numerous gluten-free and organic options, The Happy Camel can easily cater to people with special dietary preferences and needs as well. Once you are here, don’t leave the eatery without trying an authentic Turkish Delight, they are not famous without a reason.