A La Turka Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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. There is live music and belly dancer on every Thursday night* and instrumental smooth Turkish live music on Wednesday night at A La Turka Restaurant.
*There is a minimum $65 spend limit per person on Thursday nights.

Specials

Hummus & Falafel

Visit us at lunch start with complimentary humus and falafel.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: February 18, 2019

Ends: February 19, 2118

Availability: Mon-Fri 11:30AM-5:00PM

What 742 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The restaurant is excellent .
However tables are much too close.
The aisles are too narrow.
It is al fire hazard

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Turkish restaurant in the city! Love the food and staff, always a great night. 👍

MR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

the menu online on their site, and on open table, did not say that the lunch specials were Monday to Friday only..So we had to order from the expensive dinner menu at 12: 30 pm restaurnty empty expet us and one other Party of 2

H
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a large party (15) and they suggested we get a variety of dishes chosen by the chef. They brought out several appetizers for the table and everything I tried was delicious. Entree they brought out a beautiful platter with a variety of dishes all were also delicious. Service was excellent and very friendly. I will definitely go back and highly recommend.

LL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service were fine. Much more expensive than other Turkish restaurants in the area.

P
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We had come here often, but hadn't been for a while. There was a new menu with slightly higher prices, which was fine. What was not fine was the food generally has gone downhill. We brought some friends here. They were not very thrilled either and left much of their food. The bread quality changed for the worse and ...no dipping sauces. Our mains...stuffed chicken, mixed grill, chicken Adana, were not very good at all. Everyone thought it pretty flavorless. The calamari and calf's liver apps were likewise mediocre compared to our earlier visits. The salad with the main was dressing soaked and soggy, and the veggies were just bad. What happened???

S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and service .Very good value too! Regular spot for me!!

l
Los Angeles
44 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for a birthday dinner. There was 5 of us. They put us in the corner by the door. It was cold so we asked to move. They then put us in the back, also near a door, but better. The wait staff didn't speak much English, but tried their best. We brought a cake. They said we had to either pay $30 to cut the cake or buy three desserts. We opted for the three desserts to take home for later. They did dress up the cake with candles and sparklers. The food was good, but small portions. I recommend ordering an appetizer or two before your entree if you want a full meal.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

DD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The chicken in the shishkebab was mushy near the center . We feared it was not fully cooked.

At the table next to us, the staff were lifting chairs over the table to move them around
In the tight space.
The food is kind of East Side, dumbed down compared to good authentic Turkish food

S
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Overall a positive dining experience but service was very unattentive even though he restaurant was only about 30% full. Was not too big a deal but would have been nice to had refills on our drinks/water without having to flag down people and sit with empty plates in front of us for 20 minutes.

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Waitress was very accommodating but needed to know more about the Turkish wines offered. We are in our 70s so noise level is always an issue but younger people are fine.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Most embarrassing evening. I requested a birthday dessert for my sister. We were dining alone. I received an emergency call and stepped away from the table for 5 minutes. While away, they came and sang happy birthday to her. Entire restaurant saw that she was alone. They should have seen that and NOT proceeded until I returned. The judgement was terrible. Considering that this was where she wanted to eat for her birthday, as they knew, you would have thought they would have cared more. They really did not seem to care when I discussed it with them.

TK
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went to A La Turka for lunch - what a find it is. The lunch special for $16 is a steal. I had the arugula salad, the hummus and the grilled salmon. Everything was delicious and the service was great. I want to go back for dinner because it looks like a most extensive menu.

f
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We've lived in the neighborhood for 30 years but this was our first venture to a la Turks. We ordered take out from there earlier in the week and the food was so good, we decided to try it in the restaurant. We were not disappointed. Food was very good, and the bottles of wine were reasonably priced. The noise level was lovely but we still didn't need to scream to be heard across the table. Will absolutely go back with other friends for more!

J
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Food has gone downhill

F
Adelaide / SA
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The nest Mediterranean restaurant in NYC!..Grrat food,service and value

JL
Washington DC
265 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A real gem on the Upper East Side! A la Turka offers very fresh preparations of all the classics of Turkish cuisine at very reasonable prices. Be sure to try the beef dumplings in yogurt sauce and the okra and tomato stew. Also outstanding is the grilled octopus. Great place to bring a group and to share several appetizers together!

M
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall3food2service1ambience3

Change is tough to take! This used to be such a wonderful go-to place for delicious Turkish food in the neighborhood. Now it's a noisy taverna with a modified menu designed to make it appear to be Mediterranean.

The food was not particularly good and the waiter who finally admitted to being new had no idea what each of the dishes really was. Even their formerly delicious bread had been changed... and not for the better.

Not sure I will be rushing back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner! Would recommend going around 7:45/8 because they start dimming the lights and playing ambiance music. We went around 6:30 for an early dinner which was still very fun but a tiny bit quiet at first. However the later evening ambiance is cozy and cool!

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have been going to this place quite often since it opened more than ten years ago and have ordered-in frequently as well. It is not the same as it had been in that the service is spottier and the food quality has somewhat changed. In particular, Management has changed the type of bread that is served—which sounds like a trivial matter but in actuality is significant inasmuch as the bread had been extraordinarily good and one of the main attractions. What a disappointment. Many of my friends who had frequented this formerly outstanding restaurant have now moved on to other Turkish/Mediterranean establishments that abound on the Upper East Side.

L
Miami
89 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. We had several salads and appetizers. They were out of bronzo so we had a mixed grill patter for the table. Beautifully presented and just delicious. Service was very attentive.

L
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Yes, I would recommend a friend to this down to earth restaurant. Everything is good. There is no adventure in the food, just solid consistency. You go there to eat what you already tried and you will get the exact same thing. Nothing extraordinary, nothing exceptional or outstanding... just consistently good. This is not a place you hurry back to but certainly a place where you know exactly what you will get. A dependable neighborhood restaurant.

M
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food and great ambiance. Will come back often !

UH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Tables were so close to each other that the waiters backsides kept brushing ours. Chicken was under cooked and rubbery. Nose level was high. All in all a very in unpleasant experience. Will not go back there so soon if at all.

l
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Went on an impromptu date night with the boyfriend, whilst i love a La Turka and we hadn’t been back in a while, I was kind of disappointed. It took us ages to get anything that we ordered or even the waiters attention. I sat for a good 15 min without even being asked if I wanted another glass of wine despite the restaurant not being all that busy. I had also requested outside seating— which there was plenty of— but because they had already given it away to people who arrived less than 5 min ahead of us that request was ignored. I also felt terrible because my boyfriends entree was subpar. For a good $26- $30 it should be a really stellar 4 pieces of lamb kebab. Their service used to be a lot better, I’m not sure if we’ll be back. It’s very sad because we both used to really love this place.

CR
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

we love this restaurant have been going there since 2005. Food is always good
however this time we almost think there is a new owner or new chef.
Hummus was watery, not the same consistency - bread was different that previous times, portions were smaller. Grilled calamari was not as tasty as before. Lamb kebab was good but not enough vegetables
hunker begandi was delicious

h
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food is excellent and portions plentiful. People that work there are very nice.

OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Tables too crowded inside at the window.

h
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious, portions plentiful and value excellent. Outside seating not the best but otherwise will definitely return!

G
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Waiter forgot to take my drink order, then brought me the wrong drink. Told people in my party that they were out if Grey Goose and Ketel One, neither of which was true.

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food but a bit pricey. Music and belly dancer is a plus. Overall was satisfied.

CC
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Food is always great - except for new chef's bread - old chef's was MUCH better. Service has always been and continues to be A La Turka's downfall. The servers generally have a bad attitude, weak service skills, are apathetic or lazy, etc.

GL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, attentive service, wonderful food, excellent value; trout and bronzing were terrific!

AA
New York Area
151 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delightful dinner. We sat outside on a beautiful night. The hot homemade bread is terrific as was the hummus we used for dipping. Two large glasses of sangria hit the spot. We each ordered the lamb shish kebab which was cooked rare as ordered but could have used a bit more flavoring, either lemon or herbs, salt and pepper. The restaurant was crowded on a Tuesday evening. We will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
121 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

food not as good; certainly the bread way off; the service less responsive than I remember;not our best experience

OT
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious food, great service. Amazing bread!!

CR
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
A neighborhood gem
Cozy

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

the staff who served us was wonderful and always available to assist us in whatever needs we had. the food was great and plentiful.