Mustafa and Deniz Gulsen with their children, Sudenaz and Mustafa, and Deniz’s sister, Demet Bozatli (top right), and the family dog, Bella. (The Gulsen’s eldest son Yunushan also works at the restaurant.)
Asked about the many praises heaped upon his restaurant, Turkuaz Grill owner Mustafa Gulsen rattles off a handful of honorary designations the listicle-friendly restaurant has received over the years.
“Let’s see, there’s ‘hidden gem,’ ” he says, “[best] under the umbrella [dining], on the waterfront …”
The list goes on.
Of all the titles given to the Turkish restaurant over the years, though, there’s one that’s most special to the staff: a family business. (more…)
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | My go-to meal: a chicken shish-kebab combo dish
I never knew I liked Turkish food. Frankly, I’d never tried it before.
But thankfully, something — the wafting smells from the kitchen or the cheap prices, I can’t remember — brought me into the Turquaz Grill on the downtown Riverhead riverfront one day about three years ago. Since then, the cozy little restaurant has been my go-to for a filling meal on a tight budget. (more…)