The best restaurant in the area is run by the sweetest owners, Oral Kurt and Aylin Okutan, and is rooted in the tradition of simple food and refined service. The Ottoman and Turkish menu includes dishes like hünkar beğendi, a meat stew on smoky eggplant puree. Kemankeş Cd. No. 37/A, 90/(0) 212-292-4455, karakoylokantasi.com
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