Smithtown and St. James residents can now get a taste of the Middle East close to home.
Istanbul Cafe II is serving up hot Turkish and Mediterranean food for customers at 412 North Country Road in St. James. The new restaurant celebrated a soft opening this past weekend.
A red "Grand Opening" sign is proudly strung up roadside in the parking lot while a chalkboard side outside the restaurant's door reads "Welcome to Istanbul Cafe."
Istanbul Cafe II offers a wide variety of food on its lunch and dinner menu: hot and cold appetizers featuring, beef, chicken and falafel dishes, sandwiches, wraps and more. Customers can choose to dine-in or take-out, although a paper take-out menu was not yet available on Wednesday.
For those who wish to enjoy the fall weather, Istanbul has a few tables set up for outdoor dining.
Istanbul Cafe II takes over the storefront formerly occupied by FeelGoods Cafe, well-known for its "EdgyBurgers" line, which closed on April 1. The healthy foods cafe closed due to losses stemming from Hurricane Sandy and slower-than-expected business over the winter left owners with no other option.
Are you excited to try Istanbul Cafe II? If you have, what dish did you try and what is your review?