While visiting the LI Aquarium and staying at the Hyatt, we decided on Turkuaz because my wife is a vegetarian, but she had a lot of fish this week so she wanted something different, and it is Passover so we wanted to avoid bread. We were blown away by the food and experience. First, the location is a little house right on the water, across from the "boardwalk" and nearest to the aquarium, very quaint location - with a great parking lot if you drove. The hotel front desk staff suggested Turkuaz, Jerry and the Mermaid (seafood), Farm Country Kitchen (farm to table); for our family with a toddler they suggested Turkuaz or Jerry's. What sold us is that they said when they've gone, the owner's own children were at the table in the back doing homework - so we knew it would be authentic and family-friendly. The ambience was cozy, with beautiful tile, "antiqued" painted furniture, a fireplace and from our table we could see the crew and house boats, we even saw an Osprey when we were walking inside. I had the mixed Kabob, which had gyro (which was so soft, the best quality meat I've ever had for gyro, almost like shaved lamb / steak, tender but the best part is that it wasn't spicy (like the kind that makes you belch after) chicken, lamb, lamb on the bone, and so much more chicken and lamb, yummy. The included sides were homemade yogurt sauce, marinated red onion, beet salad, rice, salad - a lot of food! My wife had falafel with the same sides, but also included bulgar, which was amazing and tasted like Israeli Couscous. The falafel was crispy, and mild, not spicy at all, really the best. Everything was so full of flavor and spices, but nothing was overly spicy/peppery like most middle eastern food is. Everything was subtle, delicate, lovingly and expertly prepared. The Turkish tea was strong, almost like American coffee, it's the tea that puts hair on your chest. I added sugar and milk to mine, how i drink tea, but honestly it was great by itself. At the end of the meal we had enough left over for another meal, and instead of the baklava, my dessert was medium Turkish coffee. The owner suggested medium (with some sugar) because she saw how I "tamed" my tea. I had never seen Turkish coffee before, let alone had it and it's reputation is what it is, very thick, in an espresso cup, but I now know why it's so thick, it is full of grounds. My mom would have called it "mud." I liked it, was it great, no. I prefer espresso, but even that is an inquired taste. If I was able to smoke, play some board game and sit in the sun, I think i could really get into sipping Turkish coffee (seriously). The coffee was good, the tea, food and friendly staff (all family) and location was amazing!
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