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ABA Turkish Restaurant
ABA Turkish Restaurant

ABA Turkish Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.abarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 969-1782
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Sunday: 10:00am - 10:45pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: ABA would love to cater your next corporate or family affair.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you’re looking for a venue to host an intimate party, a small corporate dinner or are just looking for a private dining room in NYC, ABA Restaurant is the perfect venue. Celebrate a special occasion or gather with friends and colleagues at ABA Restaurant.

    You and your guests will enjoy the authentic atmosphere of ABA Restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 8th and 9th
  • Public Transit: 59 St - Columbus Circle (1, 2, A, B, C, D)

    57 St - 7 Av (N, Q, R)

    7 Av (B, D, E)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street or private lot.
A word from ABA Turkish Restaurant
At ABA Restaurant, you will instantly feel as though you walked into the city of Istanbul. We offer a variety of Mediterranean and Turkish dishes, all served within a comfortable, warm setting. The cafe provides generous portions, while maintaining modest prices.
ABA Restaurant provides an authentic atmosphere to their customers with its decoration.
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Diner Reviews
  • "lovely, low-key setting on a Sat nite, when much of the city was buzzing; only complaint: too warm, their A/C didn't seem to be on (tho we requested it)"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "...in midtown Manhattan. The food was very good, the service lovely and the room was fine. As previous reviewers said, no wine and beer license, so bring your own. Wine glasses provided. Open quite late always, so a great place for after City Center or Carnegie Hall,or Studio 54."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is a friendly neighbourhood restaurant that provides good food at fair prices. A real find for the locals. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Far from "abba dabba du," this is an excellent Turkish find. If you like meze, this restaurant has it all. Service was attentive and friendly -- no need to search for your wait-person, they all are responsive. The room was so carefully spotless that I thought the restaurant was but a few weeks old -- not 4 years! BYOB or beer, alcohol is not served."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "This was our second visit to ABA, one I booked for a group of 8 bringing a family of friends to sample authentic Turkish food and enjoy the friendly service--all at a reasonable price--a rarity, given the restaurant's premiere location. Besides the great food we all enjoyed, we also made sure to take full advantage of another "restaurant perk" rarely found in the middle of NYC--the bring your own wine policy with no corking fee. Being able to bring a bottle of your favorite wine to "custom-frame" the delicious food is wonderful! We are definitely coming back to ABA!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We live extremely close by, so we've been here numerous times, and have also had delivery. This place has never disappointed. We are now trying to eat less carbs, so we are eating a lot more meats and vegetarian dishes and skipping the breads. Although the shish kebabs come on a bed of rice, it really is a lot of meat and it can be filling itself without eating tons of rice. We've also had the "ravioli" which I would say are more like gnocci in a yogurt sauce. These are absolutely delicious, but we skipped them this time because of our low-carb thing. I've also ordered the entrée of stuffed cabbage leaves- these are stuffed with meat and some rice and are really, really good. Very enjoyable and highly recommended. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Food is delicious and well prepared but it's the staff that makes it so special. They are just terrific. It was a great alternative to the crazy dining closer to Lincoln Center but close enough to easily make our curtain. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Authentic Turkish food, the service is a little slow and non-attentive."
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Not clear until we arrived that there was no alcohol served here. Delicious food, but disappointed we didn't know we has to BYO. "
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Went there on a Friday evening. We sat by a window . Service was prompt. Their bread was good. The stuffed grape leaves had some sweetness to them. I had the ABA combo which was a lot of food! We also shared a salad which was very good. The baklava tasted very fresh. Great location too."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great little restaurant around the corner from Columbus Circle. Everything we ate was really good and we will go back new time in NYC. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "And well-located. Not far from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the MAD museum, but with prices generally lower than this area. Its BYOB or drink the local Turkish drinks; my favorite is Ayran - a buttermilk-like drink. Their fish is very good and the Sultan's delight excellent."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "This was our first visit to ABA Turkish. It is a good neighborhood spot - both food and service were very good and the prices are not as high as most restaurants in the area. The lamb shank special was described as "excellent." We also liked the chopped tomato salad, the chef's chicken special and the salmon. The restaurant is BYO, no corkage fee. This restaurant will definitely be added to our list of "go tos.""
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Excellent Turkish restaurant on W57th St. with reasonable prices. Our favorite "go to" restaurant when attending LC events. Staff is attentive and food is authentic and not "hyped up" like so many Turkish restaurants in NYC. Another plus - it's BYOB."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "ABA Turkish Restaurant is both a neighborhood restaurant and an attractive and atmospheric destination for the tourist looking for authentic Turkish fare. Extensive menu, including dishes that are both vegetarian and vegan friendly. Service was excellent. Only drawback is no alcohol -- not sure if they have a byob policy or not (no wine bottles on the table when we were there)."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Very good Turkish food near Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the MAD museum. I've been there twice and would definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "a BYOB With great food in NYC. Will definitely be going back!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We visited ABA Turkish restaurant on Christmas day before heading to a performance in NYC. It was myself, my husband and our young adult children. We all enjoyed the cozy setting, and varied selection of dishes. Do bring your own bottle of wine if you care to have a drink with dinner. I had forgotten to ask if the restaurant serves alcohol which they don't, but were very nice in pointing out where we could buy a bottle of wine down the block if we had chosen to. It was nice not to feel rushed during our dinner. Do consider a reservation as the restaurant filled up fast."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "Good Turkish food in a neighborhood not known for reasonable prices. We tried this restaurant because we were at the MAD museum and its a short walk from there and we'll definitely go back. The food was very good and much less expensive than other area restaurants and the service was very attentive . they offered to move our table when a family group with 8 little boys sat down next to us. It was sweet but unnecessary as the kids were fine but we appreciated the offer. I had the Sultan's Delight , one of our party had fish and one had the vegetable stew and we were all happy."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "This restaurant has outstanding Turkish food. There are many dishes to choose from and with our party of four we were able to try quite a few appetizers, entrees and desserts. Our server was excellent, even bringing us a photograph of one of that night's specials when we were uncertain about ordering it. All the dishes were wonderfully seasoned, and the ingredients, especially the vegetables were very fresh. It is a 'bring your own bottle: restaurant, which we hadn't realized, so next time we will come prepared. All this and just a very short walk to Lincoln Center means we will certainly be coming back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "Great food, need to BYOB. Service good but not great. Overall very nice, good value, will recommend and return. Would highly recommend for takeout."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Whilst not an expert on Turkish food, this seemed pretty authentic. The food came quickly and the wait staff was always on the go. The all veg appetizers were satisfying (we did the sampler). The meals (veg casserole and a chick over eggplant dish) were more on the level of comfort food. It was BYOB. I can imagine going again for a light/quick meal of appetizers, but not likely to do the full meal."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Good place to go with a group -- the food is tasty, it's not too loud, and the service is accomodating."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "ABA Turkish Restaurant serves outstanding Turkish food. Their salad starter was generous and delicious - one of the best salads I've ever had! The Kofte main course was flavorful and well-spiced. I grew up eating Turkish-style cooking and have eaten at many Turkish restaurants; ABA is at the top of my list now! The service is also outstanding : one of my dearest friends and I hadn't seen each other in nearly a year. Our waitress understood this and gave us time over each course, seeing that we wanted a relaxed evening to chat over good food. We really appreciated this!"
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "Four of us dined here on a Sunday night. We were concerned at first because there were only two tables occupied when we got there at 6, but by the time we left, the place was full. This is a good choice for a tasty meal with nice sized portions and friendly service. Since it's BYOB, and the food prices are moderate, ABA is a real midtown bargain. Note that the pictures and descriptions on their website have not been updated in about two years, and the place has been redecorated; we weren't even sure we were at the right place at first. Everything we ordered arrived hot and we enjoyed all the dishes esp the various dips and the Turkish ravioli. The food was very nicely spiced without being too spicy."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Amazing yoghurt, kebab, and well priced for sharing overall!"
    Dined on 9/29/2013
  • "Was disappointed in the restaurant as it did not reflect the advertising about supposed Turkish food. Food was ok, sort of, as was the service but overall the experience was similar to a 'fast food' place. We will not go back."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "We were a party of 4 adults & 2 children. We had a large platter of cold appetizers which we all enjoyed. I have never really liked stuffed grape leaves but they deliciously different here. We all ordered something different and sampled each other's. We all thought everything very very good."
    Dined on 8/11/2013
  • "ABA Turkish Restaurant, aka Cafe Istanbul, offers very good Turkish food at (for the quality) surprisingly reasonable prices (probably because the restaurant doesn't have a liquor license yet--BYOB). Fish and Turkish specialties a cut above most neighborhood Turkish. Friendly service, relaxed atmosphere, generous portions. An especially good choice if you're going to Carnegie Hall down the block and want something good and affordable. (Watch the ezme, though; it's good but garlicky.)"
    Dined on 7/3/2013
  • "Low profile gem. Nice size portions. Warm atmosphere. We were in a hurry to make our movie and the waitress accommodated us. You won't be sorry if you try it."
    Dined on 6/27/2013
  • "I was a bit disappointed with the food but maybe I ordered the wrong stuff. Everything was on a bed of goop and cheese. It tasted a bit gooey.. THe chicken kebab was fantastic and the service was good. Unsure whether I will return as I left a bit unimpressed...."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "ABA at 325 West 57th St. is a Turkish gem and a real bargain in the pricey food mecca of mid-town! Unpretentious and unassuming, and just like your family home table! The eggplant salad is heavy on smoke with just the right amount of garlic, and a hint of red pepper flake. The Turkish meatballs prepared with lamb and beef (“Kofte”) and six are way too much for one person! Easily shared for 4. The lamb shish kebab was also a generous portion. Be forewarned that there is no wine list. The wine shop is across the street and ABA does not charge a corkage fee, so BYOB with pride and no wine snob will bother you! Dinner for two was a whopping $68 on 57th Street in NYC, that has to be a world record!"
    Dined on 5/15/2013
  • "We were stuck in traffic, called, & management was very accommodating. The food was good ^ we would go there again."
    Dined on 5/18/2013
  • "Needed to find a place near the Hudson Hotel and came across ABA on OpenTable. The food was delicious the service a little sporadic but they were so nice to let us linger over conversation...I would make it a point to go back. And don't forget to BYOB."
    Dined on 5/17/2013
  • "This was a great evening! The food was delicious ( real authentic turkish food - and we have been to Turkey a few times), the hostess very efficient and the fact that it is BYOB make this restaurant pleaseantly affordable ! We will go back."
    Dined on 5/10/2013
  • "Our food was packed with flavor, it was a nice restaurant as it was our first time having Turkish food."
    Dined on 3/1/2013
  • "food was good, nice inexpensive option near Columbus Circle - but BYOB!"
    Dined on 4/27/2013
  • "nice friendly restaurant. Staff is helpful and food is good."
    Dined on 4/26/2013
  • "I love this place, it's definitely one of my "go-to" restaurants in my neighborhood. I didn't give it 5 stars b/c it's a more casual place. The portions are large and the food is delicious and it's not expensive. Their bread is FRESH, the best part. Their grilled chicken kebab is always good too. I get delivery, but I like dining there b/c it has a very authentic feel. The service is very good too. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 4/18/2013
  • "We were looking for a restaurant near the Alvin Ailey Theatre and found ABA in OpenTable. We were not expecting anything special and were pleasantly surprised to find out how good it is. The stuffed grape leaves we had as an appetizer were probably the best we've had in years. We followed the waitress's recommendations for specials and enjoyed them both (lamb shank and filet mignon with Turkish spices). It's BYOB since they don't have a liquor license - that reduces the cost. We'd highly recommend ABA Turkish."
    Dined on 4/13/2013