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Restaurant "34" offers wide culinary variation and features, both regional Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as authentic cooking methods. "34" is a preferred casual dining destination for both Istanbul residents and in-house guests, featuring animated show kitchens, lively atmosphere and a fascinating display of the best available 'Food under the Sun' for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

TRY: Slow Braised Lamb Shoulder in Olive Oil
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Opened on the top Floor of Sofa Hotel. Frankie is that rare type of place to make you forget about the outside world from the moment you enter. First, there's the detachable roof, which give you the option of dining under the stars on summer nights. Then there's the terrace, aptly named the Smoking Lounge, equipped with a dazzling Istanbul view. You've also got the main restaurant section, where everything from the white tablecloths to the wine glasses has been designed exclusively designed for Frankie.

The city lounge, is a section that remind us of New York bars of the 1950s, the Frank Sinatra inspiration becomes even more apparent. The menu is a blend of Mediterranean and Turkish Cuisines, courtesy of Greek chef Simon. Having lived in Spain for a decade, Simon masterfully blends the two cuisines he knows best with Turkish touches for refined fusion fare.

TRY: Artichoke Mucver(Fried patties) served in a cheese fondue
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Safi meyhane is a project sponsored of Yeni Raki and realised by the Tourism Research Association to protect the meyhane customs that hold an important place in Turkish culture. The high-ceilinged eatery has a blue-white decor and an impressive collection of old 45 rpm records.

Other factors that distinguish it from a traditional meyhane is the location, the prices and the technologically innovative elements, like the ipad menus available in four languages. The menu features several options you'll only find at Safi Meyhane.

TRY: Raki Ice Cream
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Aliye located in Cihangir, the restaurant has the feel of a small trattoria.(Cihangir is the bohemian quarter of the city and becoming very fashionable and hosting buzzing cafe culture and a jumble of galleries, vintages stores, restaurants and chic boutiques)

The meyhane keeps to old traditions in everything from the menu to the service crew, who are intentionally of chosen from longtime meyhane workers. Each morning owners travel with their new-bought Vespa to fish market fort he octopus, which they grill or serve as a salad. As this being a meyhane, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that there are eight types of raki on offer.

TRY: Aliye Hanim's Cerkez Tavugu (Shredded chicken with bread, pounded walnuts and red pepper sauce)