Astoria, Astoria Arrivals, Food and Drink, News, Restaurants Apr 02, 2019 Turkish Restaurateur Orhan Yegen to Revamp Broadway with “Lokanta” Here on the blog we’ve been speculating about what the trendy-looking space on Broadway (between 31st and 32nd St) is going to be—and we know the community has been too! (…) Share this Scoop by Claire Leaden total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Here on the blog we’ve been speculating about what the trendy-looking space on Broadway (between 31st and 32nd St) is going to be—and we know the community has been too! (…) by Claire Leaden Share this Scoop total shares! Twitter Facebook Email Print Related scoops Cafe Istanbul To Celebrate Grand Opening October 30 on Stein (...) Rumormongering Part 2: Artichoke at Frankie’s, Donner (...) Here on the blog we’ve been speculating about what the trendy-looking space on Broadway (between 31st and 32nd St) is going to be—and we know the community has been too! We’ve been getting lots of comments and DM’s on social about it as well. Well, we have an answer for you now: it’s going to be the latest restaurant project by eccentric, brilliant Turkish chef Orhan Yegen! It will be called Lokanta, which is the Turkish word for restaurant. Yegen is well-known in the NYC food community for providing the best Turkish food around, even rivaling (or better than) being in the country itself. His Midtown East eatery, Sip Sak, was profiled by the New York Times last year, and Grub Street has highlighted what a character Yegan himself is. Yegan told us he feels his restaurants are “my art, my culture…I’m an artist.” The menu will offer many vegetarian and gluten-free options (not on purpose, he assured us—that’s just natural for Turkish food), homestyle lamb dishes, and everything will be made fresh to order. He said it will have a casual vibe, will be open for longer hours, and won’t be expensive. He wasn’t able to give us an exact date, but said it should be opening sometime this week, so we will have to stop by in person asap! Update: Lokanta officially opened Thursday, 4/5. Let us know if you make it and what your thoughts are! Definitely something new and different for the neighborhood. Twitter Facebook Email Print foodfood and drinkLokantaOrhan YegenrestaurantTurkish Related scoops Cafe Istanbul To Celebrate Grand Opening October 30 on Stein (...) Rumormongering Part 2: Artichoke at Frankie’s, Donner (...) 9 Comments Ibrahim Yazici January 23rd, 2020 Well my dear friends Mr Yegen just passed away but his restaurant is operating the way he wihes. Reply Madalina Iamandi June 28th, 2019 Thankful for the existence of this wonderful place in my neighborhood. Reply Stephanie June 12th, 2019 I can’t wait to go here. Walked by last week and it looks amazing. Reply Kim April 23rd, 2019 Is it opened for brunch? Reply Yalcin Kiyar April 11th, 2019 when will u guys open?? Reply Claire Leaden April 15th, 2019 It opened last week! Reply Yalcin Kiyar April 17th, 2019 Thank u Reply Kemal Dundar April 3rd, 2019 The neighborhood is lucky to have him there. A lot of people will come from distance and visit his new adventure. Enjoy his food and presentation creations. Reply Ibrahim Yazici April 2nd, 2019 I think Mr Orhan Yegen will bring food quality and his amazing cooking skills to Astoria. And we should all benefit from it. So close to my house :)) Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.