Pierre Loti Chelsea
Pierre Loti Chelsea

Pierre Loti Chelsea

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://pierrelotiwinebar.com/chelsea/index.html
  • Phone: 2126455684
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Friday: 4:00PM - 12:00AM
    Saturday - Sunday: 11:00AM - 12:00AM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a semi private room for 20 people. Also, the restaurant can be divided for 30 or 45 people.
  • Entertainment: Sunday and Tuesday Live Jazz

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th Ave
  • Public Transit: A, C, E, 1, 2, 3, L trains at 14th St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pierre Loti Chelsea
Pierre Loti's Chelsea location is outfitted much like its Irving Place sister spot, with a vaguely Turkish vibe and quaint outdoor seating in front. The long space has minimal decoration, with the exception of two star-shaped mirrors adorning the walls, and one long cushion with tables lined in front. The menu is studded with wine-friendly bites and cheeses, but there are also eclectic options like stuffed sardines and bulgur patties . There's a servicable entrée list which includes a tasty pan-seared jumbo sea scallops with sauteed asparagus. The winelist offers about 70 bottles, 20 of which are also available by the glass.
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Pierre Loti Chelsea reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)romantic (14)notable wine list (10)good for groups (7)fit for foodies (5)vibrant bar scene (4)late-night find (4)special occasion (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • A find
    ngla
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The place was a little too dark for me especially at 5:30pm. but perhaps it was because we were by the bar part. The waitress was friendly, helpful and accommodating. I would definitely go there again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • filmbuffnycVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    a hidden gem, near the joyce theatre...excellent food, moderate prices and great service...
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food
    Yummy
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If you are looking for something simple and not too expensive and in the mood for Turkish food then I highly recommend this place. It will become my go to place when I'm looking for something simple and good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friendly but slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    5pm reservation on a Saturday with no one else in the place but food came out terribly slow. Some dishes tasted great, some were just okay. Everyone was friendly and they gave us dessert free to try and compensate for slow kitchen.
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  • Chelsea Gem for Neighbors in 'hood!
    WinerDinerVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This is the ultimate restaurant for me and my husband. It is both kid-friendly and romantic with a shockingly superior wine-list for real oenophiles. The wine list includes Turkish varietals and the best garnacha (available by the glass) we have seen in more than ten years of New York dining. While the menu changes occasionally, the classics (zucchini pancakes) always stay while new and exciting dishes are added, tapas-style. The staff here amaze us; they know our favorite dishes and are so receptive when we bring our daughter with us. Marina and the members of the Pierre Loti team make this a place we want to come back to for food, wine, ambiance and them! The location just-off 8th Avenue keeps it busy, but not slammed = great for dates.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious and Delightful
    BestAunt
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    This was a find for sure! There were 3 in our party and we made an evening out of the tapas which were all excellent. We all like different wines so asked the bartender to select for us. After a few samples we each had wines we loved. The manager stopped by to make sure everything was good. Definitely will go back again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pierre Loti Chelsea 212-645-5684
    Youwillbegladyoudid
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    What does one want in a neighborhood restaurant/bar? A welcoming staff, nice looking crowd, good food, and tasty drinks (with an ample pour), all at modest prices. PL- a boutique wine & bev bar/restaurant with a 'hidaway' feel, you can add: delicious Tapas and some fine music. Overall, a great place to feel 'at home', or to meet up with your sweetie. I was in for a birthday dinner. Personal service made it a fun night. (Music: Monday at 8-10p - violin, guitar & bass - sort of a 'gypsy/folk' sound. Tue 8-11p - a jazz trio/quartet that you would normally pay $20/hour to hear. But no charge for these good musicians; yet tipping is allowed.) If you're in Brooklyn, check out PL in Park Slope.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent find!!!
    TRAVELGIRLVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    my friend and I came in for a drink and some apps and were pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere - loved the old-NYC brick and Turkish vibe. Apps were fantastic and their house wine, from their own vineyard, wasn't half bad considering it is in Turkey! Great, friendly staff. Definitely would come back!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing tapas !
    roulia05
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We were looking ofr that kind of place with my girlfriend, we enjoyed the tapas and the very good wines. Thanks for the service, that was awesome ! We'll come back ! A & M form Montreal, Qc, Canada
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cute space; food varies
    RichVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    This is a cute, dark spot that's sort of romantic. You can make a good meal from a few tapas for a decent price. The food varies. Of our five dishes, three were fine but completely forgettable. The only standouts were the zucchini fritters and the octopus. Both were really excellent and worth going just to try. Choose carefully and ask your server for recommendations, and you'll enjoy great food. Service was acceptable but not great; we specifically asked them to space out the dishes, and they did the exact opposite, bringing out almost everything at once. We felt rushed throughout the meal, even thought the place was not near capacity.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood place!
    DanHVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    This was our 2nd visit to Pierre Loti in Chelsea. We like the location because it's so close to home. Service is attentive without being intrusive. We started with the cheese and charcuterie plate, as expected from a Mediterranean restaurant, the choices reflected the region...Idiazabal, Manchego, Tallegio, chorizo, and Serrano ham. The Swiss Gruyere seemed a bit incongruous...since it's not a choice you'd think of as being Mediterranean. The lebni with warm pita was terrific. We shared all our plates. The grilled octopus was excellent as was the filet mignon. Unfortunately the kitchen ran out of the bulgar patties that evening. There are several decent dessert choices...ours that night, the chocolate fondant cake was a bit dry.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinner or 4
    nycdinerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Four adults shared 8 small plates and all were excellent. Service was friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yuminmytum
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Group of six Saturday night for sisters bachelorette party. Drinks were outstanding. Service was great and very nice. Scallops were perfectly cooked, our table enjoyed the hummus too. Already recommended Pierre Loti and would go back next time visiting NYC.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service & delicious food
    LoshieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    our waiter was attentive, friendly and accommodating - and the food was delicious - best zucchini pancakes, ever!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 112 reviews are from the Pierre Loti Chelsea reviews archive.
  • Not overly impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I wasn't too impressed with the food at this restaurant. First, we had to wait what seemed like forever for the server to even take our drink orders. When the server finally did ask for our drink orders, we had waited to long that we ordered drinks, appetizers and all our meals. We ordered the zucchini pancake since it had been recommended by other reviewers. I definitely did not think this pancake was worth ordering. The pancake was too soft and squishy, I was expecting a more crisp outside and soft center. The best thing about the dish was the yogurt they put on top of the pancake. I ordered the branzino, which I would not recommend, as the fish itself was not very high quality. The food did come out fast though!
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  • Pierret Loti Chelsea
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Absolutely wonderful! Very caring service from Mustafa, along with a warm welcome from host "Ty." Very interesting cuisine at really attractive prices. This was our second visit, my husband and I look forward to more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great little find
    funkyfoodie
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    found this place from open table & it was exactly what I was looking for to go out with a couple of girlfriends. we wanted good wine & tasty bites at reasonable prices. staff was very attentive. they didn't rush us at all & we were there for hours. very laid-back vibe. would definitely go back again. can't believe this place has been around for years & i've never heard of it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    Jls634
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    My husband and I found this place on open table and it was a great find! The food was really wonderful (get the zucchini pancake!!) and the service was great. The only complaint was that it was very dark - although I may just be getting older. We would go back for sure!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Good Turkish Food
    NickVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I have had the pleasure of dining at Pierre Loti several times now. Each time I have enjoyed the somewhat westernized Turkish cuisine, the lively atmosphere and the personable wait staff. I consider this to be a neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful find!
    coloradomom
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We needed to find somewhere where we could eat relatively early to catch a 7pm show at The Joyce Theater and this place did the trick! Everything was fresh and delicious. The Galata cocktail was one of the BEST specialty drinks I have ever had. the Tuna Tartare appetizer was delicious!! Staff was attentive for the most part but left us alone to talk and linger over our food which we enjoyed. Would go back in a heartbeat. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner at Pierre Loti, Chelsea
    Trish
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Cute wine bar/bistro type place in Chelsea. Nice menu of small plates, starters and entrees. just an easy neighborhood place to meet a couple of friends - not suited to a big group.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    BellaDonnaVIP
    Dined on 3/25/2014
    I have been to this restaurant one other time and loved it. This time I brought 3 business associates for dinner and it was absolutely perfect! We got there at approximately 6:30 and it was pretty empty. By 7:30, we looked around and it was pretty packed... but that did not affect the service which was very friendly and attentive (but not overly so) from beginning to end. Don't miss the marinated, grilled octopus. It's the best I've ever had. Other notables were the scallops and filet mignon. One of my associates has a gluten allergy and they were very accommodating to her special requirements. The live jazz music is very good and not too loud - which just added to the ambiance of this quaint and lovely restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Noisy
    sharonVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    My boyfriend and I went for dinner on a Friday night. There was a wide selection of wines and we both enjoyed our choices. The free pitas were fresh and warm served with olives. I ordered the filet mignon and he got the shell steak. Both were adequate, especially for the price. The shell steak was sizable but not as tender as it should be.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place but pushy
    Jurd
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Chose Pierre Loti for a FIRST DATE due to the huge number of great reviews that I saw online. The food was very good, the ambiance was perfect, the restaurant was 3/4 full with people enjoying themselves--laughing and having fun, and I was having a great date UNTIL the server became too attentive. Every 5 minutes he came back to refill water that hadn't been sipped and to ask if we needed anything after doing this, and I am not exaggerating, 10 times, he finally came back and dropped off the check. Now, if the place had been full, maybe I could see pushing us out. Had there been a LINE to get in, ok maybe, but we had been there for 2 hours, spent a fair amount of money, and then got the check dropped on us like we were squatters.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Observer5351
    Dined on 2/27/2014
    I was in town and did a quick google search for a place to grab dinner after an event. This place came up with 4.3 stars. Why, in manhattan, this place would be so highly rated is beyond me. It was so dark I could barely see, the wine was thin and lacking in flavor, the aged meats just looked and tasted like old meats that had been sitting in a refrigerator for too long. The tuna tartare was good, however, and the service was excellent. I just didn't like most of what they were bringing me. I would not go back.
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  • great neighborhood spot
    AlexVIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    this wine bar has an interesting selection of European wines, with a few quirky Turkish bottles in keeping with the food options. the salads were fresh and well-dressed, the main courses were simple, yet satisfying, and the prices on both food and wine were more than fair. service was outstanding; our wine glasses were never left empty, the staff was attentive but not overly so, and the live jazz was a great addition to the casual, convivial atmosphere. the only issue was not being able to read the menu in the dim lighting, but that's a very minor complaint. we will certainly be back the next time we want to relax and take advantage of the great value that can be found in a neighborhood of overpriced options.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable but noisy experience
    DDDDVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Enjoyed the many flavors the four of us tried. Nothing stood out so well that two days later, I'm remembering what I loved, although I do know that we had many terrific flavors. Its a very small space, and noise level was pretty high, especially for the bulk of the tables around the bar. Service was fine ... a few too many times we were looking for our waiter. They made some mistakes, but addressed them quickly and accurately.
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  • Very much enjoyed this cozy resto!
    Madison
    Dined on 1/16/2014
    Many delicious hot and cold "Tapa" style dishes. Very good! Excellent wine selection! Didn't try the main dishes but appetizers were all excellent. Very dim, cozy intimate setting. Very good service. I would go back.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome birthday party
    cdraj81
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    I hosted a small soiree for my fiancees birthday party and the staff at Pierre Loti were amazing, taking care of all of my wishes, even the ones that I didn't know I had. Everyone had a great night and could not stop raving about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, bad setup
    diner130104VIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    A group of 5 of us went for cocktails, tapas, entrees, dessert, and coffee on Saturday night. The food was pretty good (not spectacular, but enjoyable). Took a long time for servers to come over during the meal, but when they did they were friendly. One busboy mistook my cocktail for a water glass, and poured water from his pitcher atop my scotch. The manager immediately corrected the problem with getting me a new drink promptly. The real problem is the setup of the restaurant. The tables are very close to the bar, and every time someone walked by (staff, other diners, people going to the bar), we would get knocked into. This was very uncomfortable and distracting, and this alone is a good reason not to eat here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had a big reservation for new years and Pierre Loti was so accommodating and the staff were so great! We would definitely come back!
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  • Best Turkish food, awful service
    MuhsinBey
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Probably one of the best Turkish food you can find in the US but the service is really awful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • great food and service
    InnovativeEdu
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Nice atmosphere that was conducive to conversation. The food was fantastic. Recommendations include the grilled octopus and the beef dumplings. Make sure you check out their signature cocktails. All in all the food was flavorful, service was great, and the drinks were delicious. Definitely worth checking out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's very dark. Half of my
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    It's very dark. Half of my party loved it, half did not. Lighting is provided, which is helpful, and I suppose for romantic encounters it is appropriate. Will try again when we can eat outside and the sun hasn't set.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and food
    LilyT
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    We had and amazing time at this neighborhood gem. The service was amazing for a large party, yummy food (highly recommend zucchini pancakes and bulgar patties), extensive wine list and reasonably prized. Staff are helpful and unpretentious, and even let us have our table as guests trickled in (a rarity in NYC). Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was not good.
    CMM007VIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    The food was honestly very impressive. I will not return here.
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  • Disappointing
    Neighbor
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We had a lovely vacation across Turkey this summer and wherever we dined the food was very fresh and excellent. So, we were looking forward to reliving some memories when we booked Pierre Loti. What a disappointment. Every dish we had from appetizers to entrees were bland and boring, and did not taste fresh at all. The side of french fries were soggy and greasy and seemed as if they had been cooked hours beforehand and warmed over. The room was so dark we could not read the menus. On the bright side, the service was friendly and efficient. The Turkish wine we ordered was excellent. This would be a nice place for a glass or bottle of wine, but not much more.
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  • Appetizer heaven
    ParticularVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    The main dishes are great (lamb chops and veal saussage for example), but the mezes (appetizers or small plates) are the best. In true Turkish tradition , each as a distinct flavor. The esme (finely chopped tomatoes and spices) on warm pita bread is superb. Also, the zuchinni pancakes, the bulgar fritter, the grilled hellem cheese salad and the grilled octopus all provided a wonderful taste treat before the ample main courses. Plan to share.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Turkish delight
    ParticularVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    As one who regularly travels to Turkey, it is pleasure to find a restaurant that serves authentic contemporary and traditiona Turksih food in a fun atmosphere. The grilled octopus (with potatos and carots) was tender and flavored as in Turkey. The grilled hellem cheese salad had the correct lighy but flavorable dressing. The lamb chops and the veal sussage were each a delight to the palate and just the right sized portion. Even the sour cherry cheesecake was authentic. There is a full service batr, but it was a wonderful to have a choice of both pilsner and dark Efes beer (the Turkish national beer). Although full, the service was attentive and friendly. A great neighborhood find.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mediterranean Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    Nice ambiance and good food, portions are on the smaller side but well priced. Actually just right so you don't over eat.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.