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A La Turka Restaurant

4.4
1007 Reviews
$31 to $50
Turkish
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 1007 people are saying
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vipkbny
New York Area
257 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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vipAlisonB
New York Area
26 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
112 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

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

Healthy food, consistent good service

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vipLynnO
New York Area
23 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
21 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
54 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.

MJ
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 😊

LR
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
18 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
30 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.

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chuck
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Attentive but not overly so service. Delicious dips (mezzanine trio) , and Turka salad. Great mains: lamb shank and chicken thighs for our table. Wine is pricey. Be sure to ask for the $12 cab or they’ll give you the $16 one.
We sat outdoors which was lovely . Bathroom is down a flight of stairs. Recommend !!!

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vipmidge
Milwaukee
30 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Branzino was excellent. We had a surly server who made everything we asked for was an imposition.

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LiliB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Dined outside. Very pleasant.

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vipgloriad
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, great service, good vibe! Highly recommend

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vipAlisha
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful family owned restaurant! The food is amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places in NY!

LM
LauraM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been coming here for more than 5 years, and I love my dining experiences more each time I come! The cuisine is fresh, tasty, and of the finest ingredients! The wine selection is expansive and if great caliber, and the staff are attentive and professional.

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Emem
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My friend and I had the lunch special and enjoyed it very much. Portions were tasty and large and service was fine. But we sat outside, which was nice but very noisy being right out on the street. We will come back again soon for lunch or dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

A/C was not working well and several things from the menu were not available. This place has alway been excellent in the past and I hope they overcome some of these issues.

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JerroldM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

I have been eating at Ala Turka ever since it opened, and before that when it was on the next block north. I always order Hunkar Begendi, my favorite. Last night it was not only seriously overpriced (about eight dollars more than it used to be) but the meat was seriously underdone and tough. Your kitchen is no longer what it was before the pandemic and $11 for a tiny glass of Raki is outrageous. I will start looking for another place in the neighborhood if things don;t improve radically and very soon. I understand that you have had financial trouble because of the pandemic. So has everyone else, and when you jack up your prices to the extent you have, it simply alienates old customers like me. Coupled with a marked decrease in the quality of the cooking, it's a bad recipe.

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vipsydb
New York Area
125 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Turkish Food. Outside seating nice set up. Large portions. We shared Mezze trio, feta cigars, spicy cigars. Mains- lamb shank, lamb shish kabob, branzino. Too full for desert but they looked yummy.

Will be back

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Enjoy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service was great and appreciated the outdoor seating.

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vipNeighbor
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good service and nicely presented food. All 4 dishes, fish, lamb , chicken and beef were fair, nothing great but not bad.

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Tttt
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Special thanks to Umut.

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Frances
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food, I've been here a few times as I live near by and love it each time. Recently took a few members of my family with me and we found a piece of a steel scouring pad in our calamari. I was shocked that all the waiter did was take it away and bring us out a new calamari plate (with much less calamari on it). As I am not one to make a scene I continued my night, but next time I advise to at LEAST apologize and remove item from the customers bill. Especially in todays times, cleanliness is extremely important and finding a piece of steel in ones mouth is very unsettling. I expected more A La Turka.

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vipDelishdish
New York Area
102 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always reliable. Delicious hot bread to complement the fresh A La Turka salad. Filet mignon super tender and tasty

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vipANdie
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Unfriendly wait staff. Had to ask for ice three times. Had to ask the order twice had to ask for check two times. Nobody came to check to see if everything was OK. Really not a pleasant experience and I won’t be back

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 4.4 stars by 1007 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.