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The Total Numbers of Turkish Restaurants Reach 200 in New York and New Jersey

By Cemil Ozyurt - Image The total numbers of Turkish restaurants, cafe, wine bars, clubs, delis have reached 200. According to TurkAvenue.com, New York based Turkish Business News Portal, Turkish places mostly locate in New York City, Brooklyn, Queens and North Jersey. New York City is the most popular place for Turkish food industry and Big Apple has 63 Turkish places, North Jersey area has 42 and Brooklyn has 25 places. Generally the most places have opened last five years and a small portion of them has survived over 10 years. Some restaurants, cafes and wine bars have become a chain as Ayhan's Shish Kebab in Long Island which has eight different locations, Gulluoglu Baklava which has 4 branches in NY and NJ, Toros Restaurants have three branches in New Jersey, Pierre Loti Wine House has three locations in New York City.  Pera, Ali Baba, and Ayza Wine Bar & Chocolate have two locations each.

 

Betting on Turkish Food at Chit Chat Caf

Image Port Jefferson Station, NY - By Lon Cohen - portjefferson.com - Semiral “Sam” Catalbas says it’s easy to guess why she’s opening Chit Chat Café, a Turkish-American café and grocery store on Route 112 in Port Jefferson Station. “Because I’m Turkish,” she says with a smile, her accent clearly coming through her words. The Port Jefferson Station resident, who said that her husband owns a gas station, is originally from the cosmopolitan city of Istanbul in Turkey but has lived in the United States for the past 10 years. Catalbas partnered with her cousin, Gilly Akcay, who is also the landlord, to open the new café.

Zeytin Mediterranean Grill Opens in Las Colinas

Image Zeytin Mediterranean Grill is a new Mediterranean/Turkish restaurant that opened this week in Las Colinas. Zeytin, which means "olive" in Turkish, is doing a cafeteria-style buffet on weekdays at lunch; and full-service, full-menu table service on nights and weekends. Owner Kemal Cenkci previously owned and operated Mediterranean and Turkish restaurants in San Antonio and Northern Virginia. "Our dishes are authentic and made from scratch," he said. "We have the gyro, which is well known and loved across the country, and authentic Turkish Doner Kebab, one of the few in the Dallas-Fort Worth area."

Turkish Delights Found at Delicious Kebab Place in Greenpoint

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Kestane Kebab offers delicious Turkish food at reasonable prices in Greenpoint.
This small restaurant with Turkish ornaments on the optimistic orange walls was an American dream for its owner, Mustafa Duru, 30, who came to New York 12 years ago.

"I started with dishwashing and, now, I am the restaurant owner," said Duru, who is proud of his well-managed place. "It needs a lot of work, but it's worth it."

Duru didn't know how to cook when he came to America, but he learned after working for other Turkish chefs. Today, his restaurant is a favorite not only among Americans, but among local Turks as well, which proves the authenticity of its cuisine.

"I didn't expect to have Turkish clients," he said. "They are coming back, so I guess they like my kitchen."

The most popular item on the menu is vegetarian falafel, $5, which is made of chick peas, onions, parsley and garlic. The restaurant also serves chicken and lamb gyro, $8. These are layers of marinated meat wrapped around a large vertical spit and grilled in front of a charcoal fire.

All entrées are served with rice, lettuce, onion, grilled tomatoes and pita bread. It could also be topped with a local favorite - homemade garlic sauce.

Turkish Delight in Clifton, NJ

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Suzan Boluk and her mom Yadigar Citlak buy some Siyah Zeytin olives at the olive bar at Istanbul Food Bazaar in Clifton. Photo: William Perlman/The Star-Ledger
During the past decade, Paterson's "Little Arabia" neighborhood has continued to expand, and on any given day, you can follow the scents of Middle Eastern delicacies -- briny feta, peppery lamb kebabs, pastries infused with orange blossom water -- as you walk along upper Main Street. There are so many street vendors, restaurants, markets and bakeries within about a dozen square blocks, it's like eating your way through outdoor street markets in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt or Turkey.

In October, local businessman Turgay Ugur Ayduk opened Istanbul Food Bazaar a few blocks away from the crowds in nearby Clifton, and my friend Jan discovered it while driving by. We went back for a visit, and this has become my go-to store for all things Turkish. As is common in ethnic markets, the prices are low, quality is high and made-from-scratch with no additives is a given.

New York Belediye Baskani Kahvaltida T

Image Pazartesi, 24 Mayıs 2010 - New York – Ali Cinar - New York Belediye Başkanı Michael Bloomberg, 29'uncu Türk Günü'nü kutladı. Başkan Bloomberg göreve başlamasının 9'uncu yılında ilk kez Türk Günü etkinliklikleri kapsamında kahvaltı toplantısına katılarak bir ilke imza attı. Manhattan'daki Şip Şak Restaurant'ta Türk Amerikan Dernekleri Federasyonu (TADF) Başkanı Kaya Boztepe tarafından düzenlenen kahvaltıya katılan Bloomberg, Türk Günü nedeniyle Türk toplumuyla bir araya gelmekten duyduğu mennuniyeti dile getirdi. Kahvaltıya, Washington Büyükelçisi Namık Tan, New York Başkonsolosu Mehmet Samsar ile Türk toplumunun önde gelen isimleri katıldı. Bloomberg, New York şehrinde yaşayan Türkler arasında birçok arkadaşı olduğunu söyledi. Bloomberg, aralarında Rahmi Koç ve rahmetli Ahmet Ertegün gibi bir çok arkadaşı olduğunu belirterek daha önce Ertegün ile birlikte gittiği Türkiye'ye hayran kaldığını anlattı.

Turkish Student Reaps Kebab Success

ImageFor success in business, one must have the guts to take risks and make opportunities. This is no exception for foreigners in Korea. Ali Karagozlu is one of the few non-Korean businessmen who felt he needed to test his business idea. If he hadn’t, he most likely would have regretted it for the rest of his life. At the young age of 20, the notion of running a Turkish restaurant in Korea began poking at Karagozlu’s mind. This was back in 2000. Needless to say, his entrepreneurial spirit ultimately led to the opening of his restaurant called “Pasha,” meaning “general” of the army, in 2001.

“I was in my second year of the business program at Seoul National University when I thought of opening up a Turkish restaurant,” Karagozlu said told The Korea Herald at the first Pasha branch located by the Gangnam Subway Station in Seoul.
The 30-year-old said a strong belief in his idea had prompted him to propose a business plan and its potential to his father, an established business man in Turkey. “My dad agreed to help me because he thought this experience could be useful to me as a lesson in life and because he also trusted me,” Karagozlu said.

The Star of the Opera

Bonn, Germany – The word Bonn immediately connotes the capital of West Germany during the cold war years, prior to the fall of the Berlin wall, and the birthplace of  Ludwig van Beethoven. Bonn, which was the capital of Germany from 1949-1999, is a charming city with a 2000-year long history and a population of 314,000, located 20 km south of Köln.
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