Istanbul – Brooklyn, NY
I was working in the Bath Beach part of Brooklyn the other week and had been craving Turkish food for a while and decided to try Istanbul. I had passed this place a few times and curiosity led me inside. They have a sit down/dine-in restaurant and a separate take-out venue nearby on the same block. It was relatively busy when I went into the take-out part of Istanbul, but busy generally means safe and popular. From the looks of the exposed glass shelves of meat, I figured it was definitely authentic Turkish food.
The meat and the desserts were overwhelming as I went back in forth in my mind about what I was going to order, then not order, then go back to ordering again. I’m referring to the infamous “I have no idea what I want because it all looks so good” game.
When the time finally did come for me to place my order I very randomly went from looking at the meats in front of me to opening the menu and choosing the first thing in front of me. The Kubasili Pide for some reason was the first thing that stuck out.
About 15 minutes later, the pide filled with filet mignon, green and red Hollad peppers, and tomatoes & onions came out. It was tasty. The bread was fresh, and I’d have to guess all the ingredients were also. After that I decided I couldn’t leave without taking some Baklava.
The Baklava was extremely rich in taste and sweet enough to be packaged with just one. It truly was a lot for one person. None-the-less, I was happy. I had a serious sugar rush, but I’m convinced it was needed after that Kusbasili Pide. I would certainly go back to Istanbul, but would definitely try out other parts of the menu. Particularly the parts with eggplant.