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Touches of the Mediterranean

The tiny cafe Two Aprons, in Jersey City, draws a laid-back neighborhood crowd for breakfast and lunch. The croissants ($1.75 for plain), baked on the premises, are especially popular, and so are the Turkish cheese panini ($7), made with imported kashkaval cheese, a cured beef called pastirma, roasted pepper paste, onions and peppers, according to the owner, Vecdi Bilgin. But at dinnertime, the place can bustle a bit. Chalk that up to the chicken.

“We do rotisserie chickens — all natural, no hormones or antibiotics — that we make available in the evenings,” said Mr. Bilgin, 47, of Jersey City. “It’s a signature thing. People come out for them.”

When they do, they often end up eating the slow-cooked birds ($13.75 for a whole, $8.75 for a half) somewhere else because Two Aprons, occupying only 300 square feet, has just two tables. But Mr. Bilgin said that did not diminish what he called the “perfect neighborhood ambiance.”

“People come here and they start chatting with each other,” he said.

The lunch menu is also available at dinner.

The Mediterranean-inspired fare at the cafe, which opened in 2007, pays homage to several cultures in that part of the world.

The croissants are French, of course; there is a Turkish meatball wrap ($7.25) in addition to the Turkish cheese panini. The mozzarella ciabatta sandwich, with tomato, basil pesto and olive oil ($7.25), is Italian. There is also a Greek salad ($4 for medium, $6 for large) and an Egyptian panini, with feta, olives, tomato, red onions, green peppers and parsley ($6.25).

“I’m Turkish, but I like the idea of not confining myself to one kind of food,” Mr. Bilgin said. “I’m a bit international, and so are my customers.” TAMMY LA GORCE

Two Aprons, 201 Warren Street, Jersey City; (201) 333-8768 or 2aprons.com. Open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.