My husband and I call Florida home these days but we grew up in Istanbul and lived in NYC for more than 10 years. Having a meal at NY-IST Cafe gave "coming home" a whole new meaning! The food is great, try "manti" if you are after a local specialty, or just try Turkish coffee if you are caffeine addict like me! The place is hidden in a historic district in Istanbul but you'll agree it is a gem when you manage to find it!:) Merve is a great host too, we will definitely go back next Summer!
We have not stayed at the hotel upstairs but heard great things about it from our neighbors next table over.. Might want to check it out..
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