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Aleko’s (Deniz Park Gazinosu)

Daire Sokak No 9, Yeniköy, Istanbul

Aleko’s is off the upper stretch of Köybaşı Caddesi, the street that runs the length of Yeniköy, 50 yards upstream from the Yeniköy İskele.

The draw of this old Greek fish restaurant (now officially known as the Deniz Park Gazinosu) is the glorious terrace which overhangs the water, so that you can almost touch the passing ferries, and the lovely old house it occupies the ground floor of. It has smartened itself up in the last year or so, which is no bad thing. Seriously, one of the last of a dying breed. Strongly recommended. But like all fish restaurants it doesn’t come cheap. And if you don’t feel like fish, concentrate on the meze and rakı, with perhaps a plate of sardines (sardalya) or ‘gümüş’ (smelt?) to end with.

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