Turkish food - in NYC and elsewhere
I was on my way to NJ yesterday, and the same friend with whom I'd gone to Abyssinian Ethiopian
in Hartford was in the mood for Turkish fare. Yelp led us to Taci's
, in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens.
We started with some artfully arranged and ridiculously good hummus.
This was some of the best hummus I'd ever had: garlic, onion, lemon, sesame, and every other flavor you could possibly want from it. Plus maybe a couple that I couldn't even identify. Just tremendous. The housemade bread that came with it had a crisp crusty exterior and a lusciously pillowy interior.
(Not pictured: Tabasco.)
I had to take note of this menu item. Hummus... with pastrami. Only in NYC. (Well, maybe not only
NYC, but it sure had that feel.)
Also accompanying our meal were two small cups of Turkish coffee. The sight of this sent my friend into virtual paroxysms of joy. I was told that it was nothing at all like American coffee, that it was strong, and that she had no idea what I'd think of it. I loved it.
I am no coffee connoisseur, and I lack the verbal mechanism with which to describe how this tasted. I had no frame of reference for it anyway. All I can say is that it's rich as hell, it's an utterly unique flavor, I found it to be amazing, and everyone should try it at least once in their life. I myself will be having it many, many more times.
For whatever reason, I wasn't feeling as adventurous with my actual meal, so I got a doner kebab plate, with the meat and pita that you'd expect along with some superbly seasoned onions.
My friend opted for what unsurprisingly turned out to be the superior dish: something called "pide", which is often described as a Turkish version of pizza.
This one was filled with ground lamb, pastrami, some kind of Turkish sausage, and mozzarella. The smell was incredible, the taste even more so. I would never in my life have thought to combine these flavors in this fashion, so I'm glad someone did. There was not very much of this left over.
The nearest Turkish restaurant to Hartford appears to be in Waterbury. A reasonable distance... but do they have pide? (Online menu suggests not.)
post edited by Ketteract - 2016/11/07 16:19:24