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Open in Port Washington: Bosphorus Café Grill

At Bosphorus Cafe Grill, a new Turkish restaurant

At Bosphorus Cafe Grill, a new Turkish restaurant in Port Washington, lavas (puffy, hollow bread) is a specialty, July 15, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Erica Marcus

A new Turkish restaurant has opened in the Manor Haven section of Port Washington. Bosphorus Café Grill, named for the strait that runs through Istanbul and separates Asia from Europe, takes over the location that, for a few months in 2012, was another Turkish restaurant called Port Mix Grill Kebab (and, was before that, La Bottega).

The extensive menu includes a wide swath of Turkish cooking, including some items rarely seen on Long Island such as ciger tava (pan-fried cubes of liver), gozleme (a sort of cross between pancake and flatbread that comes stuffed and folded), and lavas, a toaster-oven-sized loaf of puffy, hollow bread sprinkled with sesame and nigella seeds.

If you’re willing to wait an extra 10 minutes for dessert, you can order the kunefe, one of the world’s great pastries: shredded wheat pastry enclosing melted cheese and topped with chopped pistachios and aromatic syrup.

Appetizers and salads range from $6.50 to $11.50; sandwiches and wraps, around $9; seafood entrees, around $14; most entrees are under $20.  

Bosphorus Café Grill is at 138 Shore Rd., Port Washington, 516-321-9999.

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