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Sahara Turkish Cuisine

Sahara's Turkish Cuisine

Authentic Turkish

Location: 513 2nd Ave
(between 29th St & 28th St)
New York, NY 10016

Phone Number: (212) 532-7589


Rating: 74/100

Tarun: So, Sahara’s seemed to be good place to go, since we haven’t tried too much Turkish/Mediterranean food, and this restaurant seemed to offer a good selection at affordable prices. It’s located in the Murray Hill area, close to little India town. What was your first impression of Sahara’s?
Vivek: I wasn’t impressed when I first walked in, the place looked cheap. The first table I was given had a wobbly table and the chair wasn’t very comfortable. The hostess greeted me quickly though, and she was pretty easy on the eyes, which made up for it.
Tarun: The hostess was an exotic beauty. It’s a good thing she ended up being our server. I think the place didn’t have enough personality; it looked like a laundromat that was converted to an Italian restaurant before the owners decided to serve Turkish food.
Tarun: When I got the menu, none of the appetizers really impressed me, since they were typical of Mediterranean restaurants. The dish you ordered was served really quickly, along with the bread. How did you like it?
Vivek: Well, I ordered the stuffed baby eggplant. You’re right, it did come fairly quickly, but it was a cold dish, so I doubt it required much cooking time. The stuffing it was great too–a great medley of tastes, i rather enjoyed that appetizer. I would also like to point out that I had a glass of the Malbec there. Though I don’t remember the vintage, I know that it was from Argentina, and it was very good.

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Imam bayildi

by soyyo

It's a Turkish stuffed eggplant dish which is eaten throughout the lands of the old Ottoman empire. It's one of the highlights of their cuisine. You can find plenty of recipes by googling.
Here is a Bosnian recipe for fried eggplant I've made and was very popular with my guests:
1 large eggplant
water & salt
oil for frying
1 clove garlic, chopped
parsley, chopped
Peel the eggplant and slice it into thin discs

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What are some of the dishes authentic only to Turkish cuisine?

Dishes that no neighbor of Turkey claims as theirs?

I have never heard of anybody making Perde Pilaf, except the Turks.

Who has a better cuisine Israel or Lebanon?

Thats Lebanese cuisine..

Why not put videos on BOTH cuisines?

Can't choose, both are delicious. Considering half of Israelis are from near Middle Eastern background (Lebanese, Egyptians, Iranians, Iraquis, Morrocans, Yemenis...) it comes as no shock its cuisine is very influenced by this. And then you have the traditional Ashkenazi contribution and the Ethiopian contribution, it's fantastic.

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