We were searching for a place to meet friends who were also visiting New York City. A good in-between spot appeared in the form of Pasha. We were all up for Turkish, so we made a reservation and hit the subway northward.
First course, the Coban Salata (Shepherd's salad): chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, tender long green peppers, red onions and parsley tossed with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar. It was nice and refreshing, and whetted our appetites for the main course to come.
For the main, I chose Tavuk Gogsu Sarmasi, which was a marinated chicken breast stuffed with rice, pistachios and currants, served on a bed of sauteed spinach with white wine tarragon sauce. The chicken was good, but not knock-you-on-your-arse, need-to-lick-the-plate-good. It was a little dry but the tarragon sauce helped with the dryness. Overall decent, but not really something that made me want to come back and try Pasha again.
Our table split a dessert, the Kaymakli Kayisi (Poached apricots filled with creme fraiche, sprinkled with pistachios). I make this dessert often at home, and I am definitely biased but I prefer my own version of this dish.
Our server was pleasant and helpful but the food wasn't good enough to warrant a return trip with all the other amazing options that are available in the city.