This well-kept secret is located on the sixth floor of an unremarkable building on the bustling Asmali Mescit Caddesi. No reservations are accepted and it's hugely popular with in-the-know locals, so you may have to wait for a table, but that's part of the fun. In this homey attic (as the name translates), dark wood tables are packed into a low-ceilinged space. Menus feature an extensive range of Turkish favorites and are written in English and Turkish. To order, you simply write down what you want on the paper provided, meaning there's never any confusion. While the food may not be the best quality in Istanbul, the prices are good and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming. Try the crispy fried manti  (Turkish dumplings) or any of the güveç (casserole dishes). The local beer is on tap, though many favor Turkish raki, which comes served traditionally in metal glass holders packed with ice.