The definition of hole in the wall. The entrance asks for a careful with your head warning, the name literally means “pit”. With some tables thrown outside in this narrow alleyway a street parallel of Istiklal, Çukur is perfecvt for a nonchalant meyhane night with buddies looking for company rather than pazazz.
Good for a one-on-one second tier friend catch up or low key get together. Cosy inside during winter, but could be nicer to sit outside for a livelier and dirtier mood (and slower service).
What to order: Çukur has good and original mezzes, I suggest the pomegranate parsley salad, fish mantı, oyster mushrooms, Haleppo meatballs (v) and minced meat börek.