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A La Turka Restaurant
A La Turka Restaurant

A La Turka Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.alaturkarestaurant.com
  • Email: alaturkarest@gmail.com
  • Phone: (212) 744-2217
  • 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: Turkish, Mediterranean
  • 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.
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerTurkish
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Wish they would have t more often!! Also love the Choban salad, Cacik, hummus, etc. Everything there is great!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Always good, whole fish is consistently fresh and flavorful , service is attentive."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Happy to report that A La Turka lived up to my expectations from past visits. The food was excellent and plentiful. The restaurant was very busy, but we were seated fairly quickly and the service was good. Plan to return often"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "We eat here very often, as it's right across the street, but, it's also very good and we're always treated very well. Bread is delish. Drinks are 'full size. Portions are, also!'"
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Pleasant and informal type of restuarant. Food was quite good, and seemed quite authenitic turkish. Service was attentive without being overlym intrusive."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Food was great, service was excellent. Was looking for a quick place to have dinner and made reservations 2 hours before arrival."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Excellent Food and good service. Enjoyable dinner with friends from out of town. Food was very authentic."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Terrific place to go to for fresh, tasty food that has an upscale vibe with an attentive waitstaff. The assorted appetizers were amazing. The fresh fish was perfectly prepared and the mixed grill was delicious. Whatever you do, don't miss getting the Turkish pizza!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It a wonderful night indeed. Given that I never eat Turkish food before it was wonderful that my fist experience was at A a La Turka because they didn't disappoint. I would recommend this place to anyone especially on a special occasion. The wine and scenery with the jazz music was great couldn't ask for anything better."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The salad and pizza were good, but the fish dry and came with no vegetables or starch. It was loud and the flute player awful."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "There was one table left for 4 people and we were seated next to the windows in the corner. It was so cold for the entire evening with my back and side to the window that all I could think about was wrapping my coat around me and the long table cloth around my legs. The waiter asked ,"how is everything" and I replied " I am very cold. " He said,"there is nothing I can do about that". He also said that we could not stay past a certain time if we were ordering the special menu. I said , one hour was not enough to enjoy the meal. Reluctantly, he said well alright then.....enjoy! Go there when the weather is warm and you will be happy !"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a delicious dinner here - it is always warm and inviting. We will be back."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "A great find. I brought a friend here for her birthday hoping it was up to the reviews. It exceeded my expectations with great good, ambiance and exceptional service. The kunefe desert is over the top."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We have been many times and never disappointed. There were 5 of us this time, 3 of us left with doggie bags, so much food."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "I've been here many times, and I'm hoping they were having a bad night. We arrive at 6:55 for my 7 pm reservation, only to find they had given my table away! They scrambled and sat us by 7. I order a French martini and the waiter has to find out if they have pineapple juice. We order our appetizers and the waiter says"I'll take your main course as well , I am ready" then rolls his eyes when we ask him to come back later. We order our entrees a little later and are informed that they are out of the stuffed chicken (amazing dish)! We tell him we need a few minutes, and he again rolls his eyes and walks away. The service was sub-par, and it was off-putting to not be able to order what we wanted, which is unacceptable for a 7pm reservation!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Excellent lentil soup, eggplant salad and lamb kabob. Restaurant was less than half full when we entered for an early dinner reservation time, and yet we were put at table on top of the front door (which didn't stay closed properly; something to avoid on a night colder than this one.) I would happily return but would be more assertive about seating next time."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Can be difficult to get a check. Love, love, love the food. Conan salad, cavil, pastrami hummus, grilled calamari &, as always, love the grilled octopus - wish they had it more!!!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "This restaurant is attractive, and the people are friendly and attentive. Service was prompt and capable. The food is another matter. The appetizers and salads were acceptable, but that is the most you can say for them. The bread was warm and much better than average - at least that. We ordered a lamb kebab, and there we were really disappointed. Some cuts were OK, not great. Other cubes were way too tough. And the side items were average - not very interesting. Dessert was well above average. Excellent chocolate cake, and excellent baklava. Overall, not too bad for the money, but not memorable. Doubt we will return."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "This is my second time there. the food is excellent! Can't wait to go again. The Humus with pastrami, the Bronzino in grape leaves and salt is outstanding, and the lamb kebab is like butter. If only they had a cappuchino machine!"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "One of our vavorites which we frequent often. This time the service was not up to standard. food is great"
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "It's the holiday season and the place was festive with live Turkish music and even a belly dancer. The guests loved it and my and my friends had fun. The service was very good. The food was delicious."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Wonderful spot. Fresh, fantastic food. Large servicing perfect for sharing, like in Turkey. Everyone in our party adored it!"
    Dined on 12/16/2013
  • "We went with a friend who recommended the restaurant, but admitted that -- at least that night - -was way below expectations. I ordered a favorite (eaten elsewhere) and it was prepared a bit differently (acceptable variation), but should have been hot and was only just warm. Service was polite, but inattentive and we had to wait a very long time after finishing our entrees before we were asked about coffee and desert. Although we didn't mind having time to our selves, this seemed unusual as the restaurant was rather busy. Other friends have also indicated this restaurant is at least "good", but no so on our visit."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "never had turkish food before and this was a marvelous introduction - very fresh vegetables and the lamb and meat dishes were cooked to perfection. the pide are not to be missed, and the desserts very good. fast and friendly, helpful service. glad they could accommodate our group of 8....only negative was the tea...very watered down."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "The Turkisk bread surely gave quite an impression on our party of 5 coming in from the cold, so hungry! We demolished ithe bread immediately that the owner came to check on our table & brought us a second loaf. This was a good gesture of hospitality that will make us come back. Over-all the food was good, the grilled lamb was a huge serving, the salads were fresh as we remember them on our visits to Turkey. The grilled calamari was so-so. I think grilled octopus would have been better but they did not serve them that evening. We enjoyed the rice pudding & almond pudding which we all shared. We had a quite table by the window, which was cozy & great for conversations. We also had very good service. We will come back."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "The food was fantastic. If you like Turkish Mediterranean Style, this place is great. The Hummus/Falafel were superb, the fish fresh and delicious and the lamb kebabs were the most tender I have ever had. Besides. the price will leave your wallet full."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "Great turkish food, roomey, vibrant restaurant. A great night out.. I would have given 5 stars, but I have one complaint. The live music is too loud. It was hard to talk at our table with the musicians trying to compete for acustic supremacy. If they could turn the sound level downa bit, this would be an amazing place to go out. (By the way, the music was really good!). I look forward to trying the place out again (hopefully they will read this review and bring the musicians' decibels down a knotch or two)."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "Love the food at A La Turka. Always start with the Choban salad with feta & a side of Cacik. I went with 4 friends and we had mixed grill, whole grilled branzini, Okra with chicken (yes, they will do the stewed okra dish with chicken) and grilled calamari. It was all wonderful and big surprise was a giant bread made just for our table - a very nice touch. I only wish they would have the grilled octopus (please..) more often. It is one of the best things I have ever eaten."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "I went to this place because I had a friend visiting who loves Turkish food, and we eat a lot of it back in London. I thought the food was good, but not notably so. The spicing was weak and it didn't leave me as satisfied as I hoped it would. I ordered chargilled trout, it was nicely done. My friend ordered the Kofte, the spicing was not as good as other Kofte I have had, though the meat was tender. The chargilled peppers were a highlight. We ordered rice pudding for dessert following a review recommendation, it was delicious. The restaurant was a little bit cold, and the music would stop and the server would put it back on after a 10 minute lull."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "a great casual neighborhood place with fresh, delicious food and a friendly wait staff"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Tasty food, helpful waiter. Enjoyable first time experience."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "A La Turka always has a great fish menu. Great neighborhood place."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "This restaurant has all the qualities of a good neighborhood gem. Well executed Turkish food, good service and a reasonably priced wine list. Despite the sign outside describing the place as Mediterranean, this is a Turkish restaurant from the appetizers to the desserts. The wine list has some outstanding south American selection that won't break the bank."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "I am Turkish and this is my favorite Turkish restaurant in NYC. A La Turka never disappoints! It's consistently great food at great prices. I love the soslu patlican, lahmacun, imam bayldi, and stuffed cabbage leaves. I highly recommend this place!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "The setting, ambience, food and staff were rather authentically Turkish. A good cultural exprience, coupled with good food and a limited, but well selected wine list."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Great actual Turkish bread -- not pita. Tasty and interesting starters. Hearty and well seasoned mains such as a Chicken Adana, lamb chops and kofte. The desserts looked good but we were too full. An excellent, well priced Turkish restaurant. We'll be back."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "The stuffed cabbage with lamb was the best I've eaten. The cigars stuffed with feta and dill were good; the lamb shank a little undercooked. Their coffee(American) needs to improve."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "This time Grilled Octopus was the special appetizer. It was AWESOME; the best I've ever had. Grilled with red onion & tomato with a bit of lemon juice & olive oil (I'm guessing here, but whatever it was it was great) it was tender & delicious. I hope this becomes a frequent special although it will keep me from ordering all the other great stuff on the menu. Oh well......"
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I have eaten here for lunch several times, and it was peaceful, efficient and very delicious. However, dinner on a Friday night was sheer bedlam. The servers and others worked very hard but the service turned out very uneven. Food came flying out of the kitchen as if they couldn't wait for diners to leave! They will turn off interested customers if they don't get their timing down."
    Dined on 10/18/2013