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vegan Turkish fast food

Cigkoftem is a small take-out restaurant specializing in Turkish food, particularly the cigkoftem, described on their website as:

"Cigköftem is a vegetarian food containing cracked wheat, tomato or pepper paste, chili pepper and 18 types of spices." Allergen alert: wheat and vegetables from the nightshade family.

The dish is offered as an appetizer or a sandwich, which costs about $3. Note that there's no seating.

Added by Cass Danger on Feb 11 12 (last updated Feb 11 12)

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I was so happy to stumble upon this place! I had just come from dinner so I didn't order a sandwich, but there was a big sign advertising "free samples" so I stopped in for one. Turns out, the restaurant had just opened 2 weeks previously.

I had never heard of cigkoftem and it looked pretty boring so I was skeptical but who turns down free samples? The sample came wrapped in a piece of lettuce with the option of getting spicy sauce. I was still skeptical after the first bite, but after finishing off the sample a few bites later, I decided that I liked it very much. The texture is very different from what I'm used to in a sandwich filling (it resembles a moist, uncooked veggie burger, although not unappealing as that description suggests) but I really enjoyed it. The spices were very good and I believe it would make for a great quick, healthy snack instead of the usual falafel.

I will definitely be back!

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East Village


L train to 1st Ave


No Reservations


$ - inexpensive


  • Turkish


  • Delivery
  • Kid-Friendly


main image for CigkofteM sandwich photo from their website


11am - 11pm
11am - midnight
11am - 11pm

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