Strolling through Midtown, you may have already caught the irresistible aroma of Café Mezo’s charbroiled kababs in the air. They're keeping their focus on authentic Mediterranean cuisine and creating a warm, positive atmosphere to enjoy it in.Strolling through Midtown, you may have already caught the irresistible aroma of Café Mezo’s charbroiled kabobs in the air. Since opening their doors to the heart of the neighborhood two months ago ¬(they’re tucked on the corner of 5th and Juniper) the good folks behind Café Mezo have earned their place in the hearts of its residents. How’d they get so comfy so quickly? By keeping their focus on scrumptious, authentic Mediterranean cuisine and creating a warm, positive atmosphere to enjoy it in. The restaurant’s owner, Kemal, spent four months tirelessly remodeling the old Victorian home into a beautiful, open space for many a jovial Mediterranean meal. The patio? Exactly the kind of space we’d like to leisurely pass an afternoon munching on hot and cold mezes whilst sippin’ on Mediterranean Caiprihnas. Inside, the dark hardwoods are illuminated by the building’s large, open windows – creating a rich atmosphere equally suited for an evening date or catching up with a group of friends. Kemal also made sure to infuse the space with bits of bona fide Mediterranean culture. We couldn’t help but admire the wall of Turkish Nazars (rumored to ward off negative energy and evil spirits) and ornate hookahs lining the walls.
His attention to detail is reflected in the victuals, too. Café Mezo’s head chef, Hakki, brought an accumulated 40 years (!) of Turkish culinary experience with him to the Midtown hotspot. Meaning – these eats are the real deal. Take, for instance, the Havuc Salatasi – a Turkish specialty with a crisp, carrot-base that’s accented with yogurt, olive oil, dill and lemon juice. Then there’s the Greek Flaming Saganaki, a flambéed goat cheese that’s extinguished with lemon juice. Either dish is the perfect prep for Mezo’s kebabs – which vary from specially marinated chicken to salmon or eggplant. (We’re partial to the lamb.) Once we’ve washed it all down with a refreshing Pineapple mojito we dive straight into their dessert menu. Between their baklava, rice pudding and Kazan Dibi we have a hard time choosing. Probably best for us to either order all three at once, right?
Mezo Kebab, $14.99
Kazan Dibi, $4.50
Kofte Burger, $6.50
Monday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.