Thursday, February 18, 2010

Baklava Heaven on 2nd Ave

Real deal baklavas at Gulluoglu Cafe

I don't go gaga over baklavas but I had a really good one at Gulluoglu Cafe on 2nd Avenue. 

This Turkish franchise recently found it's second New York home (the first one in Coney Island, Brooklyn) in an unassuming midtown east corner. The small, brightly-lit cafe is pretty, clad in clean beige walls and tasteful furniture. There's a nice, casual date place vibe and it's a great spot to bond with a girlfriend over some hot Turkish tea. They have over 12 kinds of baklava (even a sugar-free one), and a long list of savory pastry specialties made with filo dough. Prices are decent and chances are you'll leave happy. 

More than the baklavas, I was very excited by the candy chestnuts they had by the register. It's like individually-wrapped chestnuts coated in some magical honey that made my heart beat a little bit faster. Candy chestnuts, I'm coming back for you soon. XOXO.

Gulluoglu Baklava Cafe
982 2nd. Ave
between 51st and 52nd St.
New York, NY 10022
(212) 813-0500

1985 Coney Island Ave
(between Avenue P & Quentin Rd)
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 645-1822 

See how it scored on Yelp.

- Kris Alcantara

Shoutout to the lovely Feride Yalav for dragging me there!

1 comment:

  1. Yum! Now I know where we can go to catch up! This is near me, I think :)