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Feb 22

The Best Little Fish House in Galata Gets a Bit Bigger

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Furreyya -- photo by Yigal Schleifer
Good news for those who have tried to eat at Furreyya Galata Balikcisi, the winning fish house near the Galata tower, only to find the tiny place full: the restaurant has recently remodeled, doubling its number of tables. Bad news for those who have tried to eat at Furreyya, only to find the tiny place full: the restaurant is bigger, but it still only has five tables and seven bar stools.

Still, we’re looking forward to grabbing a meal at the new-and-improved Furreyya, which has become one of our absolute favorite places in town. Continue…

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Baklahorani: It’s Carnival Time
no responses - Posted 02.10.10
Food moves us to behave in strange ways, but for the Greeks of Istanbul, a celebration of the broad bean, or bakla, is a means to dress up in costume and run wild in the streets. An old Istanbul tradition, recently revived by Greek expats, Baklahorani hits the streets of ...continue
“No Reservations” in Istanbul: Our Take
13 responses - Posted 01.22.10
Several readers have written in asking for our thoughts on the recently-aired episode of Anthony Bourdain’s show “No Reservations,” which was devoted to the food of Istanbul. After working our way around Turkey’s ban on YouTube, we finally were able to watch the very fun episode. So what about the spots ...continue
Wet Burgers: As Seen on TV!
3 responses - Posted 01.21.10
Editor's note: Along with Dürümzade, Istanbul Eats favorite Kızılkayalar was also featured in the recent episode of Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations." The Taksim veteran's famous "wet burgers" - which Bourdain seemed to enjoy immensely - came in 3rd place in our recent "Top 5 Istanbul Street Foods" competition. For those ...continue
Dürümzade: Wrap Artists (and Television Stars)
2 responses - Posted 01.19.10
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 ...continue
Anthony Bourdain in Istanbul
6 responses - Posted 01.18.10
Globe-trotting celebrity chef and television star (who would have imagined those words would ever be used in the same sentence?) Anthony Bourdain has discovered the charms of Istanbul, it appears. Tonight's episode of his Travel Channel show, "No Reservations," touches down in our fair city, which Bourdain visited several months ...continue
10 Top Dishes, 10 Top Spots
no responses - Posted 01.11.10
The English-language Today's Zaman has a nice article in today's edition that pairs ten specialty dishes, such as Uzbek pilaf, stuffed cabbage and Black Sea pide, with ten places to try them. The list is worth looking at (although, sadly, it doesn't provide addresses, only phone numbers.) You can read ...continue
Dine Like an Ottoman
1 response - Posted 12.14.09
The Wall Street Journal has a new article up about some of the high-end restaurants in Istanbul that are rediscovering formal Ottoman cooking, but also giving it a "contemporary" spin. One of them, the newly opened Karakol, located inside an old guardhouse on the grounds of Topkapı Palace, sounds especially ...continue
A Cornucopia of Reviews
no responses - Posted 12.07.09
We've always enjoyed  Cornucopia magazine and its sumptuous take on Turkish life, culture and history. But for us, the best part of the magazine is the restaurant review section and its writeups by Andrew Finkel, a veteran Turkey-based journalist who seems equally at home in both Istanbul's upscale and down-home ...continue
The Simits Take Manhattan
13 responses - Posted 11.29.09
We recently posted about the arrival of the simit - the sesame-encrusted bread ring that it is a Turkish street food staple - in Manhattan, where it is being baked on location at the newly opened New York outpost of Güllüoğlu, an Istanbul baklava maker (not to be confused, as ...continue
Istanbul Eats in the GlobalPost
no responses - Posted 11.29.09
We recently took Nichole Sobecki, a reporter for the GlobalPost, on a walking tour of some of our favorite food stops in Istanbul's historic Eminönü and Fatih neighborhoods. You can check out her report here. continue

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