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Jan 19
Tuesday

Dürümzade: Wrap Artists (and Television Stars)

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Editor’s note: This review first appeared back in April of 2009. Turns out the “wrap stars” at Dürümzade were among the stars of last night’s episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” show, which recently visited Istanbul. In honor of Dürümzade’s newfound television success, we decided to offer this “rerun” of our original writeup.

Istanbul’s after-midnight dining options tend to be of the offal variety – tripe soup, chopped lamb’s intestines – thought to be curatives after a night of hard drinking. Luckily, not all late night eats in the city involve innards. At Dürümzade – a grill joint positioned right on the fringe of the rowdy, bar-lined streets of the Beyoğlu’s fish market – we’ve found a dürüm, or Turkish wrap, that’s equally satisfying at 2 a.m. or 2 p.m. Continue…

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2 responses - Posted 12.16.09
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