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Daire Sokak No 5, Yeniköy, Istanbul

By taxi, bus, dolmuş or Beykoz ‘motor’ ferry, to the Yeniköy İskele (boat station). The closest metro stations are Darülşafaka or Hacıosman.

Daire Sokak is a modest cul de sac round the corner from the Yeniköy boat station with a few surprises. A chic little waterside eatery with a New York-style menu, next to the old-fashioned watering hole Aleko’s, next door, and the Emek Café just beyond it. From land and sea, the place looks a little ‘narrow’, in fact a bit like a New York diner, but clever use of mirrors maximises the impact of the waterside location. Not a bad place for a tender bonfile and a glass of wine, with the Bosphorus gurgling below your feet. Especially if you can get the music turned off.

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