Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy
Yesterday we had the scoop about the opening of Ankara Turkish Restaurant on Houston and Orchard ... from the owner of longtime LES favorite Bereket Turkish Kebab House.
After 19 years in service, Bereket was forced to close in June 2014 to make way for the new luxury condo via Ben Shaoul on the block. The property housed a single row of storefronts, including Bereket, Ray's Pizza and Lobster Joint — all demolished. (As Shaoul told the Times back in 2017, the small businesses that closed were "part of evolution ... You call it gentrification, I call it 'cleaning it up.'")
EVG contributor Stacie Joy returned to the quick-serve restaurant, which debuted last week...
He signed a lease when this space at 183 Houston St. (the former Dr Smood) became available directly across the street from the previous outpost.
Since there are two other Ankara Turkish Restaurants, he decided to keep the name for continuity. Still, he wants people to know it's still Bereket (hence the "Bereket is Back" banners on the storefront).
The menu items remain unchanged — including the famed vegetarian red lentil soup...
This makes me really happy. It's great to hear a success story - victory for the neighborhood!
What ever happened to ol' Ben? He was such an awful presence in our lives for a time, and now seems to have disappeared.
so excited for this welcome return!
Ohhh! Finallyyyy🤩🤩 ım soo happy and excited! Welcome Ankara 3!!
lahmajoun,lahmajoun!! words fail to describe the joy of Bereket's return so many great memories in the old spot cant wait to make some new one's at Ankara! who's cutting onions in here ...much success to them never close again ..Please
"As [Ben] Shaoul [said] back in 2017, the small businesses that closed were "part of evolution ... You call it gentrification, I call it 'cleaning it up.'"
God, what a greedy scumbag. And RE developers get upset that people hate them. And the "luxury" condo there is pretty dumpy.
Anyway, hooray, it's good to have Bereket back. After losing Habib's Place and then Bereket, I just gave up on this type of food in the EV or LES.
No lahmajoun! :^[
Now if they can just bring back Habib's Place.
Especially missed talking with him about Morocco and there outstanding World Cup performances. Great man.
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