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A La Turka Restaurant

4.5
1021 Reviews
$30 and under
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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 feel like having an authentic and remarkable meal in Bosphorus, Istanbul.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1021 people are saying
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vipASutter
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I always have a great meal here. The service is great, the restaurant has a good vibe and the food is really authentic!

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vipHello
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance.
Very safe during the Omicron pandemic.
I've been here many times and its always a great experience.

Can't wait for the belly dancer and crowds to come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor space amazing. They even have installed a button at each table to call the waiter for service. The food was plentiful and tasty excellent Selection

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vipSandyR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Stuffed Cabbage was out of this world! A La Turka has excellent socially distant spaces with good heating. Have been there several times during the pandemic and always very satisfied.

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UrbN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

There are too many tables crammed inside with very little spacing. We had a reservation and they pointed us to the table right next to the front door. Finally they sat us in the back and the servers made too few trips to check on us. After waiting 15 minutes to get a water refill I had to get up to find my server. This restaurant has not adapted well to this Covid environment. I recommend another.

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vipLove2Dine
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has consistently great food and good service.

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SanjeevS
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

This was my second time at the restaurant. I felt that the food portion has gone down from the last time I was there. Wish there were few more fish options.

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Lainey
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The restaurant was busy with a happy vibe. I look forward to going back.

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vipSheryl
Phoenix
152 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

My husband and I love A la Turka. Everytime we return to Manhattan we try to eat there at least twice. On this trip we ate there twice. They seemed to forget us. We got our wine and salad
fairly quickly. Our entree actually came too quickly.
We hadn't come close to having our salad. Then we were forgotten. We wanted dessert. After waving our hand in the air, a gal with a dessert tray came. We told her our choice. She left and never returned. Waiter never came back. Finally my husband got up and went to bar to say we wanted our check. We paid and left. Such a sad finale to a really fun week back in
New York.

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FFYA5
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great 😊

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The person pour the water and clearing the table was amazing. Such a lovely man. Give him a raise!

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vipvera
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always consistent

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1food5service2ambience2

The waiter was rude and mixed all the instructions we gave him. It seems like we had bad luck, because other Walters looks very efficient and professional. The food was delicious, but the poor service made our experience a disaster.
Very sad! I celebrated my birthday and visited down from Texas to visit this place.

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vipTinaW
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Ate at the outside “shack” which is very nice as far as those things go. Service was lovely and food is very good. It’s just pricey for what it is. Overall a solid neighborhood spot. Just maybe not every week.

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BernieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants. Great menu, great service.

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vipBudSailing
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved this restaurant. Have to say that the beef kebob was one of the best I have eaten. And the service was excellent

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vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Food and service were very good.

Biggest disappointment was jerk eating in restaurant. Bald headed, middle aged guy was obnoxious...loudly talking on the phone. A complete jerk.

If we go back, I think we will say something like...

Can you please keep your voice down and be less of an entitled jerk?

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vipkbny
New York Area
259 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I ate at ALT a few months ago and thought the food was not as good as I was used to. In particular the food seemed “rushed” - like it was prepared too quickly without attention to detail. It just wasn’t up to what I expected. Last night things were “back to normal”, meaning REALLY GOOD!! Shepherd salad, cacik, hummus & octopus all excellent.

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AlisonB
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a family Thanksgiving dinner at this restaurant. The food was delicious and the service attentive.

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annak
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The appetizers were terrific but the lamb and chicken was tough and dry on the shush kebab.

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laMer
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We ate in one of their newly 'winterized' outdoor sheds on the 1st really chilly night in November. It was perfect! We had the shed to ourselves, the sliding door allowed air to circulate nicely, and there were plenty of heat lamps. We all enjoyed the food - the Feta Cigar appetizers were delicious, the hummus was excellent, and the Manti was the best I've ever had. Only caveat was the very limited number of vegetarian dishes - plenty of veg mezze, but no equivalent main courses other than 2 vegan dishes.

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KarenJ
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the four course lunch special and thoroughly enjoyed. There was an impressive number of choices for each course. I had the stuffed cabbage which was beautifully flavored with fragrant spices. The borek and zucchini pancake appetizers were delicious.

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vipJoel
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

As always, the food at A La Turka, a very popular Upper East Side restaurant, was excellent and portions were generous. We have had many of the appetizers and entrees and all have been delicious. The Chicken Village, Hunker Begendi, Stuffed Cabbage, and Chicken Saute are especially good entrees and the hummus, lentil soup, shakshuka, and a la Turka salad are excellent appetizers. But, the service is inconsistent. Sometimes, it just takes a very long time for dinner. Most of the servers are responsive but, very simply, others are not. Go to A La Turka and enjoy the consistently excellent food, knowing that it may take you a while to have your meal.

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vipReservationQueen
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lamb was a little tough but did come medium rare

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jacko
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

The price fix lunch is delicious and the waiter was very accommodating. Unfortunately I think they are phasing out the price fixed because we had to ask for the prix fix menu

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vipMiguel
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good price

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vipManhattanGuy
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Healthy food, consistent good service

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vipLynnO
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love A La Turka. I am vegan and so happy that there are delicious choices for me!
I come here every few weeks with friends, and I go almost weekly to the sister restaurant, Blue Mezze, especially when I am dining alone.
Both places are fantastic!

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MikeY
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The chicken, a specialty, was overcooked. The beef raviolis, also a special, were not served hot enough and they were very garlicky.

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Friends gathering

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HeartyDiner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic, and the amount of seating makes this place a great destination at all times!

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

great dependable food as always.

service was impeccable with great attention.

one thing that could improve is the insistence on one main course per person. if a group is ordering enough appetizers to make up for the main course prices, this should be flexible somewhat specially when dietary limitations are considered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Went for lunch on a beautiful fall day, dine outdoors. Nicely spaced and did not rush. Had the prefixed - appetizer, salad, entree and dessert - great combination and delicious.

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christinek
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Turkish food I have had outside of Istanbul!

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vipecit
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Loved the dips and salads. Falafel was delicious.

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MiltonJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The food was excellent. I had beef kebab it was delicious. Everyone in my party enjoyed their food.We will definitely come back to try the rest of the dishes.
Thanks 😊

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vipLindseyR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Excellent Food! While the ambiance outside is certainly not indicative of the rest of the establishment, we had great service and overall a lovely experience.

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vipLove2Dine
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a top choice place to eat delicious food, have great service at a reasonable price. We loved the zucchini pancakes, eggplant with peppers, green salad and grilled chicken kabobs. The portions are generous and the bread is also delicious and served warm!

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bskinow
Central Coast
31 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food is tasteless - no spices no salt - large portions, as the waiter said American sizes. Well it’s also American flavors I guess certainly not Turkish. I thought it was terrible and the service was mediocre at best. I took half the food home because I didn’t wanna waste it and figured I’d give it to the dog. Why would anyone serve such giant portions? It’s such a waste.

FAQs

A La Turka Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. A La Turka Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 744-2424.

A La Turka Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 1021 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.