A La Turka Restaurant
A La Turka Restaurant

A La Turka Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alaturkarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2127442217
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Turkish
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: We offer special menus and service for your occasions.
  • Private Party Facilities: Bringing a diverse Turkish and Mediterranean kitchen into the heart of Manhattan, A LA TURKA features an exquisite menu, exotic atmosphere and friendly staff that have earned a reputation for being New York’s first choice in Mediterranean cuisine.
  • Private Party Contact: Event Coordinator 8774874342
  • Entertainment: An authentic dinner with pleasing tunes from Buddha bar musician Hasan Isakkut and his band with traditional instruments, every wednesday night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 74th Street
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 77th Street.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from A La Turka Restaurant
A La Turka, an Upper East Side restaurant that opened 17 years ago and is now booked every night, thanks to its great food, lively atmosphere and media attention. The restaurant has been featured on Channel 4, showing how to grill kebabs on the roof of Rockefeller Center, as well as how to make salt baked fish and on Fox5 where Dave Price has showcased its Saturday Night kebab buffet, belly dancers and live music. A La Turka offers along with 20 different kebabs like a kebab factory, including chicken, lamb and beef, also Mediterranean fish selections, as Branzini, in a cozy atmosphere that you and your family feels like having an authentic and remarkable dinner in Bosporus, Istanbul.
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A La Turka Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
77 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (46)good for groups (25)fit for foodies (24)great for outdoor dining (12)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (10)special occasion (8)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)romantic (4)hot spot (3)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Turkish delights
    dragonflyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    If you want authentic this is it. No complaints there. If you want to really visit with friends do not go on Friday night! Portions growing smaller? Pricing the same? Hmm
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    We enjoyed our meal a lot and the high number of people eating here on a Monday night says something about it.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great turkish food, irresistible!
    SeafoodLovers
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great turkish food, irresistible! Standard choice of turkish kebob variety with perfect way to prepare them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Finster
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I moved to the are 4 weeks ago ..I've been to La turka 5 times already.....great food,and decent prices....huge portions!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    soyulbVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The food was delicious. They didn't seem to be able to find our reservation at first, and moved us around a couple times, giving us the back seats in a not-so-great dark area behind the restaurant. (Which is why I'm giving only three stars though the food was great) But turned out ok when they moved us back into the main dining hall.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Turkish food, service.....
    kbnyVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Went with group of people from work. First of all, food was excellent, as always. Wonderful mezze with Choban (Shepard) salad with feta, hummus, eggplant with tomato, green beans, etc. The house made bread was very nice, and lots of it. Grilled octopus, outstanding. Service was friendly and attentive at first but wonder if our waiter lost interest in us when he realized no one was drinking? He seemed to have lost his charm as the evening wore on. Oh well, I'll be back for the food no matter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • freddiVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    trout was excellent.brought a friend from fl. who said she would be happy to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Some things never change
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Our second visit here and all we will say is that if you don't mind just fair service, noise level that makes conversation if'ie, but with great food....then this is the place for you
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Interior needs work/ food good
    ARR3VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was good. Interior furniture, floors, etc. are screaming for a makeover (chairs are awful).
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • La Topic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    First time dinner, and loved the food, we had the mixed starter (6) and each was better then the next, my stuffed cabbage leaves were a little disappointing, more rice than flavor and service started very strong but for some reason he disappeared through most of the second half worth a second chance!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, eh in service.
    Dina
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    There was a bit of confusion over my OpenTable reservation and they were almost not ready to award me my credit. However, the matter resolved once I got on the phone with OpenTable. The waiter was a bit gruff and not really very warm. The food, however, was excellent. We had the stuffed chicken and kebab platter. My friend and I each wanted to pack up the leftovers (as there was lots of food!), which they did. But they switched our orders! How disappointed I was not to finish the remainder of my chicken!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The worst meal in years...
    Karenlc5VIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The fading sign missing letters of their name should have been a major hint that management didn't care; the worn-out, decades old cracked chairs and two other tables complaining should have made us run. The bread was slightly stale, the "olive oil" was vegetable oil in green-colored glass. The watered-down "yoghurt" & thin peppery dip bad. The eggplant dip was OK; the zucchini fritters passable. The entree of chicken stuffed with a flavored rice was DREADFUL...think cafeteria chicken from your high school days covered in a pasty white sauce with no taste whatsoever and you'll get the picture. The rice was mushy, overcooked and tasteless. There are excellent Turkish restaurants all over the city; skip this one.
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  • Great find
    Jason
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's the second time I have been to A La Turka and once again, the food was great and the service is friendly & attentive. The lamb shish kebob, the shrimp and the cold appetizers are all delicious. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely find!
    Fran
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Nice setting for a special occasion or just an urge for good food! Stuffed cabbage was fab!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighbour gem
    Francesca211VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food is consistently good and the price is reasonable. The wait staff are attentive and they have a varied menu. If you like tasty, Mediterranean fare, then A La Turka should serve your needs.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Let down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had been to this restaurant a few times before and never really had an amazing experience but kept coming back because the food was good but this was our last visit. We had made a reservation in advance (through OpenTable) but were seated in the rear of the restaurant by the back door when there were other tables available in the front. The waiter was awful - no other words, just plain awful. They played an obnoxiously loud "Happy Birthday" song on speakers at such a high level that other diners were looking around at each other to make sure they weren't dreaming that they were at a Chuckie Cheeses or other kid place. We had taken two friends there and my fiance and I were horrified. There was also a FLY in the olive oil on the table!
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  • susanVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Delicious fresh simply grilled fish (whole or filet) and great salads.
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  • Very Fresh Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The freshness of the food along with the thoughtfully prepared dishes is the winning feature here. The service is good overall, but in a good-amatuer way, definitely not professionals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and ambiance
    Finecuisining
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I got the eggplant lamb and it was perfect. The portions were very generous. But perfect amount of flavor. Loved it
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beyond expectations!
    WHTBMW2011
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Having never eaten Turkish food before, I was surprised that it is so good. Amazing service. Delicious food. The best Medeterranean Salad I have ever had. The Humis is to die for! (Normally, I do not even like Humis). I intend to go again and again and again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • WOW! Huge Portions
    GatorDiningVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Went here for dinner with my boyfriend. We love Mediterranean food and this by far has been the best place we have eaten at on the UES. The portion sizes were extremely generous for the price. I got the mixed chicken kabobs . . . for $23 you get one skewer of ground chicken, 1 skewer of shish kabob, and one skewer or marinated chicken thighs with grilled veggies, salad and rice. We also had the hummus which was spectacular and the bread they serve is SOOO GOOD. Our server was Ibrahim and he was extremely quick and responsive. Overall, if you want good Mediterranean food that fills you up without breaking the bank come here. Even if you aren't concerned about breaking the bank come here you won't be disappointed. GO GATORS!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • TellieEllie
    TellieEllieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Have not been here for awhile and was delighted with the updates. Menu was expansive and very reasonable. Chicken Adana was very large and terrifically seasoned. It came with a small salad (even had mint in it) and rice. Definitely will be back. The staff was very friendly and accommodating
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    JILLYVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Delicious, authentic, fresh . . . I would go back in a heartbeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great turkish restaurant
    cs65
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Great variety, delicious food, prices are moderate, and service is excellent. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Regular
    Rhodro
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We always enjoy our convenient, local favorite. Several staff members are amazing at remembering our preferences. We are often treated like 'family'. Best dry martini in the neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 310 reviews are from the A La Turka Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Wonderful Evening
    PabloNYVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We were surprised that, in addition to great food, we were entertained by (a) live music, (b) service to a nearby table of an entire roasted lamb and (c) a belly dancer extraordinaire. Added to the quality fare, this was certainly an exceptional evening. My one comment is that the main dishes could have been hotter. Try this but be aware of a very lively (and loud) dining room.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    Laia
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Good, food, fast service, pleasant! I only have one problem, not with the restaurant with the review why has to be 50 characters in length!?
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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  • Great, as always
    kbnyVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Was so happy to see the grilled octopus on the specials menu, it was fantastic! Along with that we had the hummus with pastrami - warm hummus with tiny chips of crispy pastrami - Coban salad with feta, and Cacik. It was all excellent. I love A La Turka for authentic, fresh Turkish food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good solid neighborhood restaurant
    Richard45VIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We were looking for a pre-concert dinner and chose A La Turka. It was a great choice. Yes, you could celebrate a special occasion at this restaurant, but it has the kind of homey feel and excellent well prepared food that you could eat every day of the week. The service was friendly and very attentive without being obtrusive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • thursday night special
    FoodieNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    a nice and friendly place with great octopus, fresh grilled fish which was reasonably priced. the staff was very chatty and informative about ordering, and made you feel welcomed. their dinning suggestion were very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food-Problematic Service
    Rufus
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    The food at this eatery was excellent, as always, but we had a server who was either very new or not very good at her job who placed an incorrect order that delayed four people being able to enjoy their meal simultaneously. The owner and the sevrer both apologized which was a big plus. That meal was also deducted from the bill which was unexpected, but much appreciated. The vodka and gin gimlets and the vodka martini were about as good as a cocktail can be and the bartender was invited over to our table so we can tell her that directly. Lots of excellent entrees to choose from each one getting rave reviews. The mixed appetizer (cold) for two easily fed four people and was excellent along with their exceptionally good bread.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All at once
    CityCatnycVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We have been here a couple of times for lunch. This was our first time going for dinner. If you like waiting 15minutes to get one menu for three people, another 15 for you order to be taken and then have all your food and drinks arrive at the same time at cramped tables, then A La Turka is for you. Noise level and ambience was equivalent to a suburban pizza joint on a Saturday night. Except no crying babies.(that is the positive). The salads are crisp and refreshing but the beef and lamb kebabs are tough and the taste is indistinguishable between them. Better option is to go at lunch. Service is better and noise level is reasonable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very disappointing
    NYCFoodieandFriends
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Read all the reviews here and decided to check it out for my birthday dinner. Was a disappointing birthday meal. Started off nicely, there were 5 of us and we sat outside and waitress immediately took drink orders. All downhill after that. Had to ask for water and refills. Appetizers were good but dinners were not. Lamb shank was tough and chewy with rice pilaf from a box. Desserts were mediocre at best. No lights outside so by end of the meal we were sitting in almost total darkness and the table candle was not enough, luckily NYC is bright in general so we didn't trip on our way out after paying the check. With so many choices in NYC and many with outdoor seating, we will not be going to back to this place.
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  • Ooh la turka
    iheartNewYork
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were looking for good Mediterranean food in the neighborhood and found La Turka. It met our expectations. There were lots of delicious and healthy choices. There were many Turkish customers which is always a great sign! The staff were all friendly and accommodating. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The neighborhood Turkish place
    Caseystar
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Always a pleasure to visit. Food is good, portions generous and wait staff pleasant. It has become one our places to go for a special family occasion, but is casual and friendly.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved this restaurant
    Barbara
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    We found this restaurant on Open table, wanted to be on the upper east side, Like Turkish food and decided to give it a shot with friends. We were pleasantly surprised! We were seated immediately (thank you open table), the table was by the window and while the restaurant was crowded, we did not think overly noisy, the food was quite good and we thought it was a great place!
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    Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Love the coban salad. Didn't care for the cigars but everyone else did. Love the baby eggplant app. Ordered two orders. The kebabs were all very good. One person thought the chicken was dry. The shrimp was cooked perfectly. The bread was great. The service was wonderful. Will return.
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  • Good! really!
    cestmoi26VIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Service was great, the food was great as well and very reasonable price wise. I think for the money you cannot do better in the city
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Great Turkish Restaurant
    LoveGdFood
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    I'd never been to a Turkish restaurant and found myself comparing it to Lebanese food and expecting not to like it. But, I was pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing! Loved, loved, loved it. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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  • A La Turka
    srk49VIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Party of 6. Seated immediately. Ordered apps to start. Stuffed eggplant, Coban salad, grilled octopus, eggplant salad, scallion pancake. Ran out of spicy cigars. Wanted puffed bread. Not available. Ordered entrees. Ran out of moussaka All the food was good. Waitress was very good. Gave us comped fruit plate because of all the food they didn't have.
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