Sahara Turkish Cuisine
Location: 513 2nd Ave
(between 29th St & 28th St)
New York, NY 10016
Phone Number: (212) 532-7589
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.