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No need to travel halfway across the world anymore for authentic Turkish cuisine. The Istanbul Seafood Restaurant has literally imported an entire menu and authentic furnishings for you to enjoy.

Owner Riza Atas, describes his new establishment, which opened six months ago in Sheepshead Bay, as the first Turkish seafood restaurant in New York City.

"Often Turkish restaurants only serve meat dishes, such as kebabs," he told GO Brooklyn. "We wanted to show Americans another side of our country’s cooking."

This charming restaurant serves up to 25 different kinds of fish, some imported directly from the Mediterranean and the Black sea, the two bodies of water that border Turkey. This makes for an exotic menu laden with generous portions of grilled, pan-seared and fried seafood prepared by Atas’ son, chef Hicri Atas, who also hails from Istanbul.

Diners may feast on a fish called levrek, a striped bass filet from the Mediterranean Sea served char-grilled, or try a traditional northern Turkish dish, hamsi tava (pan-fried anchovies from the Black Sea). Accompany each meal with a glass of yakut, a dry red wine imported from Turkey and stick around for the dessert platter containing an assortment of Turkish treats, such as baklava and kunefe, a roll of thin dough crusted with almonds and honey, a dish enjoyed by a sultan according to Atas.

In addition to Istanbul Seafood Restaurant’s authentic, imported recipes, the marble floors, silver picture frames, chairs and tablecloths are also the real deal - even the forks come from this seafaring country on the other side of the globe.

Istanbul Seafood Restaurant is located at 2817 Coney Island Ave. between Avenues Y and Z. Entrees: $7-$19. The restaurant accepts American Express, MasterCard and Visa. For reservations and more information, call (718) 743-0743 or visit the Web site at www.istanbulrestaurantny.com.


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