Beyoglu

Sunday brunch… oh how I love my Sunday brunches ūüôā

I love a good eggs benedict as much as the next person, but there comes a day when you’re just over the idea of another eggy brunch. ¬†So last¬†week as we walked up and down and all around UES from the 70’s to upper 90’s, we realized that we’ve had every types of eggs benny and bagel the neighborhood had to offer. ¬†Even the Shakshuka in the fancy diner just wasn’t tickling my fancy.

And then we found Beyoglu.

Beyoglu is a Turkish restaurant that serves some of the best Mediterranean dishes in the city.  The decoration is very simple but with beautiful blue tiled tables, with a pop of color from the orange napkins.  It could get a bit crowded, but that just means the food is great!

Being a queens girl who grew up on Kebabs, I am very picky about my Doner platters.  And Beyoglu definitely nails it.  All the dishes are very clean and prepared with simple ingredients, so you taste the meat/fish rather than other added on flavors.  Everything from octopus to the liver was delightful and came at a very small price.  We paid about $35 for the entire meal, for two, and took leftovers home.

I give this restaurant a 4/5

Here’s what we had:

Arnavut Cigeri: ¬†Fried calf’s liver, served with sumac onion.

They were soft and super flavorful with a bit of crunch on the outside.

Ahtapot Salatasi:  Char-grilled octopus marinated in olive oil lemon and vinegar.

An absolute must have.  I loved how simple they were.  All I tasted was charred octopus and lemon and it was delicious.

Doner Kebab:  Vertically grilled thinly sliced lamb & beef over rice pilaf

For the main dish we got the mixed meat platter.  Another amazing dish.  The meat was flavorful and moist.  The pilaf it came with was sooooo good!

 

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