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Apr 17
Friday

Karaköy Lokantası: A Dockside Winner

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Tucked into the street behind the yet-to-be gentrified docks at Karaköy, among shops advertising boat tickets to Odessa and cubby-sized import and export offices, is the neighborhood’s culinary port of call, Karaköy Lokantası. With great food, personable service and tasteful décor, this family-operated eatery defiantly proves that a good dining experience doesn’t have to come with a shocker of a bill.

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16 responses - Posted 04.10.09
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3 responses - Posted 04.06.09
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7 responses - Posted 04.06.09
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20 responses - Posted 04.03.09
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21 responses - Posted 04.03.09
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4 responses - Posted 04.01.09
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7 responses - Posted 04.01.09
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