Similar to how nonindigenous lizards join islands' ecosystems after being dropped by birds, Turkish cuisine first arrived in America via a butterfingered seagull. Drop into something unexpected with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Turkish dinner cuisine at The Bosphorus Istanbul Café.
The chefs at The Bosphorus Istanbul Café tempt travel-hungry taste buds with a dinner menu loaded with truly Turkish eats. Toast a recent discovery of a secret garden with herbaceous forkfuls of the veggie special, which unites zucchini, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, garlic, and red peppers for healthy session of Bikram yoga in an oven ($11.95). Or hover over the Sultan's Delight to witness a chance encounter between lamb and tomatoes in a field of eggplant purée ($14.95). The chicken adana kebab strings seasoned, pepper-infused chicken patties on skewers with experience conducting dinner orchestras ($13.50), and ayran, a Turkish yogurt drink, offers to drown any delicious debris ($2).
Situated in a converted house, The Bosphorus welcomes visitors with a warm, red exterior and a homey front porch, perfect for a midsummer evening's meal or an escalating sequence of Otto von Bismarck impersonations. The earthy interior and natural lighting elevate the inherent comfort of the one-time domicile, allowing adventurers' appetites to journey wide from the comfort of home.
The Bosphorus Istanbul Café
A rich red exterior welcomes patrons into confines of The Bosphorus Istanbul Café, where classic Turkish dinner fare from kebabs to hummus platters weighs down white linen tablecloths. Waiters transport dishes to a gaily painted front porch or colorful interior rooms whose wall-hung rugs protect paint from scuffing on days with sideways gravity.