The Bosphorus Istanbul Cafe

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Since it opened in August 2002, Bosphorus, a cozy, colorful cafe inside a restored house in the Holy Rosary neighborhood, has been one of our most consistent ethnic restaurants, introducing local diners to the aromatic cuisine of the Middle East, Greece, and the Eastern Mediterranean. Silky, tahini-rich hummus is a must, alongside exemplary falafel, creamy eggplant salsa, and borek—buttery phyllo stuffed with feta and parsley. Kebabs rule the dinner menu, including chicken, ground beef, and lamb versions. But few dishes are as comforting as the Sultan’s Delight, with tender cubes of lamb over a roasted-eggplant puree. Consider the rice pudding for dessert to complement your cup of Turkish coffee.

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