Opening Alert: El Turco, Hackensack, NJ

El Turco, a new Turkish restaurant, has opened in Hackensack.

The husband and wife owners were both born and raised in Turkey had another Turkish restaurant in Texas. A move was made to New Jersey in order to be closer to their families.

Along with Yusuf, one of the owners (who’s also the chef) they are serving a menu (see below) traditional cold and hot apps, salads, kebab, entrees, and desserts — though it’s being described as “traditional Turkish” with a “modern twist”. Ownership started with the traditional tastes they grew up eating and have combined it with the food experience they gained by sampling other cuisines along the way.

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In particular, there’s “great pride” in how they prepare and cook their lamb. Instead of taking any chunk of lamb, cut it into cubes, and put it on a stick to cook — Yusuf carefully selects the lamb, cutting and slicing carefully while removing the nerves and fat. This stops the meat from getting chewy and smelly.

There’s also a secret marinade for the shrimp, as well as the chicken kebab — which leaves the meat “so juicy and tender’.

The 50 seat restaurant (approx 2500 sq feet) is open six days a week (closed Tuesdays) for lunch and dinner.

El Turco
270 Main Street
Hackensack, NJ
Website

[photo source: El Turco]

Menu (click to enlarge)

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