Here comes my favorite! It’s sad that we couldn’t find any Turkish restaurant as good as Oleana in NYC —and believe me we’ve been to almost all of them. Being away from home makes you miss things that you wouldn’t normally think of, things that you don’t always eat at home as well, but as soon as you go to a different place you realize their absence. 

As soon as we entered the restaurant, the familiar smells of food made me extremely happy. The food smelled good, looked good and of course tasted unbelievably delicious. We love Meze (appetizers in Turkish), so instead of having 2 entrees, we ordered four meze’s, one side and one meat dish as the main course. The main course wasn’t that big as well so we can actually refer to every dish we ate as appetizers.

So here’s what we had:

  • Warm Buttered Hummus with Basturma & Tomato
  • Farm Greens & Red Pepper Lamejun with Urfa Chiles & Yogurt
  • Spinach Falafel with Tahini, Yogurt, Beets & Crinkled Cress
  • Moussaka—Minced Lamb & Eggplant Pie with Whipped Fava
  • Vermont Lamb with Turkish Spices, Pide & Everything Green with Garlic & Yogurt

There are not enough words for me to explain how good each of them were, I cannot even tell you my favorites because it’s almost impossible for me to rank them. Even though I don’t like fava, I could have eaten the whole cup of Moussaka. Falafel, with that sauce was spectacular, the Hummus was perfect with the Basturma (it’s actually “pastırma” in Turkish) which is something I really miss in the US. The lamb was perfectly spiced. Lastly, Lamejun (“lahmacun” in Turkish) was a little different from what we are used to but that’s a good job done by the Chef Ana Sortun —changing a well known dish, making it her own and still making us like it a lot.

I’m really proud to see the richness of the Turkish cuisine represented so beautifully.

Another 10 out of 10 for me, but this one is with a star next to it!

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