Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

 Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Branding is an interesting industry: people can pay millions to get the perfect name for their business. Others use their imagination or maybe not. I mean, calling your restaurant Turkish Cuisine might be genius: instead of using a word that people who not speak Turkish would understand, possibly making people confused about the type of restaurant it is, just naming the type of cuisines straight forward and simple. Although I cannot imagine a place called French cuisine: it would lack the authenticity people are looking for. 

Anyway, Turkish Cuisine is a...Turkish restaurant located in The Theater District, few blocks from Port Authority. I think we passed many times in front of it, but never noticed it (hence my surprised face when they told us they have been opened close to twenty years ago). 

 Dining room at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Dining room at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Decor wise, it was like being a in a garden, thanks to the shutters on the wall. 

 Dining room at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Dining room at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Menu wise, I was already set with the combo grill that had all the selection of kebab, whether lamb or chicken. I chose the bulgur pilaf over the rice. 

 Combo grill at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Combo grill at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

 Bulgur pilaf at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Bulgur pilaf at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

The dish took a bit of time to come, but, when it was at the table, my nose was invaded by the delightful smell of the lamb. It was a good dish: the meat being perfectly seasoned and moist, but I would have liked some sauce with it, maybe yogurt. I also liked the grilled vegetables that had a nice char. 

Jodi went for the falafel platter. It was composed of three large falafel, hummus and a green salad. 

 Falafel platter at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Falafel platter at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

 Falafel at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Falafel at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

The falafel were good, a bit crunchy, but I would not put they at the same level as Taim for example. To go with the hummus, they brought us more warm pita that came at the beginning of the meal. 

 Pita at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Pita at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Of course, we could not miss dessert, especially after we saw their dessert platter. 

 Dessert platter at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Dessert platter at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

We decided to order the baklava (good and not too sweet):

 Baklava at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Baklava at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

 Baklava at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Baklava at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

And the Turkish cotton candy that was a definite surprise: I do not know how they make it, but it was spectacular! I could have had more as it was not too sweet and light...like cotton candy. 

 Turkish cotton candy at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Turkish cotton candy at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

  Turkish cotton candy at   Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

Turkish cotton candy at Turkish Cuisine in Hell's Kitchen, NYC, New York

It was a good meal, but a bit overpriced and not the same quality as Roka in Queens, a restaurant that would make you rave about Turkish food. Service was good, although we could sense their disappointment when we did not order appetizers or drinks. Would I go back? I am not sure: I think New York offers plenty of other options...

Enjoy (...)!

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