Experiencing the Best of Turkey in New York City

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Here are a few other ways to experience some of the best Turkish delights in New York City.

Turkish Coffee

Turkey is definitely known for its exquisite coffee, and you can find the NYC version holds true with no exception.  I’m particularly fond of the Hell’s Kitchen joint Kahve (which means coffee in Turkish), for both their spot-on cup of joe and cutesy exposed-brick coffeehouse vibe, splashed with just the right amount of pink.  They’re also quite famous for their Oatmeal raisin cookies, so be sure to give one a try.

Hookah

There’s certainly no shortage of hookah joints in NYC.  Truth be told, you’ll probably get a more authentic (not to mention cheaper) experience if you head to the outer boroughs, but if you’re looking for a quality spot right here in Manhattan, Babylon and La Sultana are among my top picks.  If you’re looking for the loud, crowded, more clubby scene featuring belly dancers and music you’d expect to hear in Murray Hill on a Saturday night, Babylon is probably the place to get your shisha.  But for the non-alcholic hookah joint with excellent mint tea and kebabs accompanied by traditional Middle Eastern music, you’ll be better off going to La Sultana.

 The Turkish Cultural Center

Being the melting pot that it is, NYC is famous for its fabulous cultural centers for almost every population of people you could possibly think of, so it should come as no surprise that the Turkish Cultural Center is alive and thriving right here in Manhattan as well as the outer boroughs.  From volunteer efforts to panel discussions, to film and art events, you can find just about anything Turkish-related at the center.

Turkish Classes

Whether you’re planning a trip to Turkey and want to learn how to ask “Where’s the bathroom?”, or perhaps want to impress your new Turkish beau with your language skills, Turkish classes are readily available in the city.  As one of the 10 largest spoken languages in the world, you can expand your language knowledge with the following companies: Cactus Language Courses offers Beginner Turkish 1 and 2, and you can also sign up to take classes even more advanced at the Turkish Cultural Center.

Turkish Market

From halal meat to a wide selection of Turkish imports (Ayran, kokorec, not to mention the tried and true Turkish Delights), you can find all kinds of Turkish goodies at Turkiyem Market in Sunnyside, Queens.

 

 

Here’s to enjoying the best of New York City, Turkish style.

 

 

 

Jessica Tiare Bowen
Jessica Tiare Bowen lives in the juicy Big Apple with her adorable pink-nosed chihuahua, Gillman. He's the inspiration for her first published children's book, "Park Avenue Pound Puppy." The book is the combined result of her two greatest passions: pooches and penning stories.

Her passions include art, urban hikes through Manhattan, drinking coffee with 3 creams and 6 sugars, making extremely detailed itineraries and traveling to far away places, singing along to Broadway shows, Netflix movie nights, discovering incredible treasures at Goodwill and thrift stores, and listening to stories from little people under 7 and big people over 70.

She started her career as New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching elementary school and theater arts at a special education school in the South Bronx for 6 years. She is now a Special Education School Improvement Specialist working in public schools throughout New York City. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the online New York City travel magazine, Used York City. The magazine focuses on finding the best of New York...as used by New Yorkers. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and an ASPCA Ambassador.
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