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10 November 2018

Aksaray Turkish Cafe

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The blocks of Kings Highway underneath the B and Q lines are always flush with people. Many are heading to and from the station, but this area is also dense with commercial business seemingly nonstop. Around the corner on East 16th Street, and quite a few storefronts away from this bustle, Aksaray Turkish Cafe has set itself up as a 24 hour business.

As standard for any business with spits of spinning meat, the two here are right in the window announcing themselves to any hungry passersby. Around lunchtime you will see them at their most beautiful, new wheels put on and fired up for the busy early afternoon rush.


Aksaray is an old silk road city near the geographical center of modern day Turkey that is much more quiet today than in certain times of history. Because it is surrounded by some of the best agricultural regions in the country, Aksaray is well known for its good cuisine.

The dining room here has been renovated in the last few years after the long-running restaurant took over half of the space occupied by their next door neighbors who offer buses to Atlantic City. The new look is modern and clean, and businessmen and others seem to be taking advantage of this, bringing their laptops and scheduling meetings here.


While most seem to eat the gigantic platters with rice, I opted for the somewhat less substantial chicken gyro ($6, above) served on Turkish bread for an extra dollar. The chicken here is excellent and juicy, not needing but certainly not hindered by the yogurt and hot sauces they provide. The extra dollar for the bread is recommended, the freshly baked loaf is briefly charred on the grill and wonderful.

Turkish and American sodas are all available, but why not perk up your day with a thick and muddy cup of Turkish coffee ($2, below), made fresh and enjoyable as always, if that is your thing. Take your cues from the others and bring out your laptop to get some work done.


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