Some restaurants simply spare us the cooking and dishes. Others make us wish we had done them ourselves.
But a treasured group manages to wash away the drudgery of everyday life, helping us forget our cares for a few precious hours.
That group includes Edgewater's Mavi Meze Grill, which boasts one of the region's most dramatic outdoor spaces. One step onto its outdoor deck – overlooking the Hudson's crashing waves, bobbing geese and a skyline that stretches down to the sparkling Freedom Tower – is as good as hopping on a plane for the night. (Try to face south if you go, because north-facers mostly get the George Washington Bridge and, for now, the sinking Binghamton ferry boat.)
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Mavi Meze Grill ** 1/2
725 River Road, Edgewater
Food: Turkish; grilled kebabs are a highlight.
Ambience: Casual Turkish restaurant with stunning Hudson River/New York City views.
Service: Friendly and laid-back; pace can be slow.
Value: Prices on the high side – well worth it considering the view, but not for takeout. Appetizers $4.95 to $12.95 (meze platters $12.95 to $18.95), entrées $14.95 to $29.95.
Would be good for: Casual Turkish meal while enjoying a view.
Less appropriate for: Anyone looking for a fancy restaurant with a view.
Recommended dishes: Mixed kebab platter, manti (Turkish dumplings), fried calamari.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Liquor, wine: BYO.
Noise level: Wind and waves crashing are the soundtrack outdoors; the indoor dining room was empty or mostly so during our visits.
Credit cards: AE, D, MC, V.
Reservations: Recommended for Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings – you can reserve a table outdoors.
Accommodations for children: Menu, highchairs.
Early-bird specials or deals: No.
Reviewed: Aug. 10, 2012.
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