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it is said that three major kinds of cuisine exist in the world; Turkish, Chinese, and French. Fully justifying its reputation, Turkish Cuisine is always a pleasant surprise for our guests.

In addition to being the refined product of centuries of experience, Turkish Cuisine has a very pure quality. The variety and simplicity of the recipes and the quality of the ingredients are guarantees of delicious meals.


Kebabs are dishes of plain or marinated meat either stewed or grilled. Almost every district of Anatolia has its own kebap specialty. Lamb is the basic meat of Turkish kitchen. Pieces of lamb threaded on a skewer and grilled over charcoal form the famous "Shish Kebab", now known in many countries of the world. "Doner Kebab" also know in the United States as "Gyro" is another famous Turkish dish, being a roll of lamb on a vertical skewer turning parallel to a hot grill. You should also try "Adana Kebab", "Chicken Kebabs",  and "Meatball" as typical meat dishes.

Doner Kebap

Slices of marinated lamb or chicken on a tall vertical spit and grilled as it slowly turns are delicious. The cooked parts of the cone of meat are cut in very thin slices by a huge sword-like knife, and arranged on a plate with Ace or flat pide (pita) bread. This dish is the most formidable obstacle to the victory of the hamburger in the fast food market. Doner kebap in rolls with slices of pickle and chips is the most common stand-up lunch for office workers.

Meatball - Kofte

The diverse koftas of all shapes and sizes are a culinary world of their own. Finely minced meat mixed with spices, onions and other ingredients is shaped by hand, and grilled, fried, boiled or baked.

Za Ra Cafe & Grill offers delicious dining, takeout and delivery to Staten Island, NY.

Zara restaurant brings a new taste to the Staten Island community that has been recognized in Brooklyn and Manhattan for its outstanding middle east and mediterranean cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff.

Our restaurant is known for its delicious  classic dishes and its promise on only using high quality fresh ingredients.