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Mediterranean Restaurant Opens on Austin Street

OBA Mediterranean at 70-35 Austin St. (Photo: Nathaly Pesantez)

Jan. 8, 2019 By Meghan Sackman

A new Mediterranean restaurant has recently opened on an Austin Street corner.

OBA Mediterranean, located at 70-35 Austin St., officially opened on Dec. 11, replacing the former Vanilla Sky frozen yogurt shop that closed in 2017.

The 1,700 square foot space, owned by Turkish business partners Berkan Dinc, Fayran Fay, and Chef Aydin Ay, serves traditional Mediterranean dishes in a menu that spans from soups, salads, kebabs and other hot entrees.

Menu items range from $6.25 to about $30 for larger kebab platters.

Fay, who also owns two Mediterranean restaurants in Brooklyn, opened the Forest Hills site at a time when demand for the cuisine is high, according to Aric Trakhtenberg, the broker who secured the establishment’s retail lease.

“The restaurant will be an excellent addition to Forest Hills,” said Trakhtenberg. “It is ideally located on the corner of ‘restaurant row’ on Austin Street, capturing the extreme foot traffic and servicing the dense residential population [there].”

According to current manager, Cagdaf Gomez, the 33- seat restaurant’s best selling item is the “mixed grill” option, which consists of Chicken Shish, Lamb Shish, Lamb Adana, Kofte Kebab, and a lamb gyro with rice and a salad.

“The people wanted fresh Mediterranean food in the area,” Gomez said. “Since we opened the first day, we have been packed.”

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week.

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R. Schure

Ever since the closing of Beau Brumel, Austin Street has lost it’s “Small Town Quaintness” where store owners knew you by name. Forest Hills has lost another land mark! Buona Fortuna!

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Midtowngirl

I was anxious for this place to open. I tried the chicken kebab on pita. It was very good. They were doing a booming business that day. The host and cashier were very nice and welcoming. The cooks were all working like crazy. Good Luck.

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Chris froome

Millennial moron here. The food is really good. They went out of their way to deliver giid service to us hen our order wasn’t up totheir standard

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