A La Turka Restaurant

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765 Reviews
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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.

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vipSilks66
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and in Natalia the best bar/food service you could ask for...Love this place!!

DK
vipDKay
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very delicious food. Warm friendly environment. Comfy chairs!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

While I did like this restaurant as their food is good, we had a less than good experience. After we ordered, we were advised that their bathrooms were not working for the evening. That made us uncomfortable and this we were not able to fully enjoy the experience.
If their bathrooms were not functioning, they should have disclosed this at the beginning, before we sat down and/ or temporarily closed the restaurant until the situation was fixed.

MJ
vipMalkeJean
Pittsburgh
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and absolutely delicious chicken kebab. The salad alone was enough for a meal.

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vipPierreL
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Tables much too close to one another, cramped, including two tables right in the doorway (by 35 degrees). After refusing the draftiest, we reluctantly accepted the 2nd draftiest, vacated by diners who refused to stay for that precise reason. Manager had the guts to tell me "If you do not want that one, it will be for some other time", to which I replied "It certainly won't be".

Food was generally bad, though appetizers (assorted dips) were good.. My donner kebab was anything but a doner kebab and served cold. We shared desserts which were passable. Also, the Oregon Pinot Noir was good. Still, I see no reason to return. Very loud.

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vipPatron
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was freshly made and incredibly tasty. Service was amazing. Our server, Sesil, was incredibly courteous and attentive. We will definitely visit this restaurant again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely experience! So delicious, every bite. The bread was fresh and warm, couldn’t stop eating it. The chicken kebab was so, soo tender, cooked to perfection. The service was excellent. The staff is extremely kind and attentive and the kind and warm manager made a special visit to check on us, that we were having a good time.

The Turkish coffee presentation is gorgeous and cool! Highly recommend!!

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vipfriednak
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have not been disappointed by the food at A La Turka. This is one of our go-to places for a reason. They consistently turn out high quality, tasty food from a nicely diverse menu.

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vipLikesGoodFood
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A La Turka is a top choice for Turkish food if your priority is food quality. There are multiple takes on eggplant (always a treat when someone does it reliably well which they do for all permutations), several great grill dishes, fresh seafood and multiple other tasty Turkish/Middle Eastern sides. The wine choices are moderate in price and ambition and pair well, especially a couple of Turkish wines available both by the bottle and by the glass. The room is festive. The wait staff is very friendly although somewhat amateur (dish pacing can be off, reminders are sometimes required regarding aspects of the order). Expect multiple excellent Turkish dishes, super friendly waitstaff (who might need a bit of guidance about how quickly or slowly to pace things), and a fun vibe. A definite "go to" for me.

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vipDanielle
Atlantic City
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I immediately got sick an hour after eating here, not sure which part of the meal did it but I was fine all day until eating this. The service was also slow. The restaurant is super nice but can’t return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was delicious! Highly recommend the soup of the day as well.

DK
vipDKay
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Turkish restaurants! Beef Kebab yummy and fabulous lamb shank!

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andy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service1ambience4

The food was excellent, as always. My criticism was with the rude service. We were rushed to place our order and we were rushed to finish and pushed out the door. The reason given was that live music was going to start and our table was needed. The restaurant was 75 percent empty.

I like A La Turka and will continue to come because of the quality and freshness of the food despite the terrible, rude service. The hovering and constant hectoring of the waitress made this potentially enjoyable evening less so.

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Cheraby
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Enjoyed dinner here. No expert on Turkish food, but my Hunkar Begendi was delicious. A small amount of braised lamb atop a mountain of creamy eggplant puree. Unfortunately my friend ordered the same dish so I didn't get to try any other entrees. Appetizer grilled calamari was fine. The Turkish coffee I order tasted appropriately of mud.

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vipBiserD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They didn’t honor the Open Table reservation!!! They said that the only available space is at the bar and that if we want to stay we have to pay them $175 per person!!!! Why bother opening Open Table availability if you won’t honor them?

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We asked not to be rushed because the restaurant has a history of bringing main courses to the table before we are finished with appetizers. Notwithstanding our request, the main course arrived before our appetizers were finished. Rather than the server walking away with the main courses to allow us to finish and for someone to clear the table, he just stood there until we moved our appetizer plates. Next time I will order one course at a time.

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vipJimL
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very pleasant UES surprise. Good food at good prices. Surprisingly hard to find that in the area. We had a great variety of appetizers and entrees. All were tasty, at temperature and well seasoned. Service was a bit confused but still friendly. Deserts were also very good.

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Janice
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went out on Christmas Eve for dinner with a good friend. She enjoyed a wonderful lamb dish. Unfortunately my dish, Manti, (beef dumplings) was terribly overpowered with thick garlic yogurt sauce. next time, I’ll know better.

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vipLikesGoodFood
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot for Turkish food. The staff are always friendly and the food is notably good. There are several eggplant dish variations which are uniformly good -- a rarity outside the Middle East - and perhaps cause to make this a destination place for those looking at who can serve eggplant well. The main courses are great too from octopus to lamb.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in New York. The food is terrific and the mixed drinks we got were outstanding but.......... We really missed the puffy bread (gone for good), cheese dessert (not available) and, inexplicably, Turkish Coffee (not available). Also, looking at the bill after the fact there appears to have been a mixup on the wine. Not our best experience but we still love the place. Highly recommended!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

A neighborhood favorite that we’ve been going to for years. Great food! Nice vibe. Always good!

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vipkbny
New York Area
240 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love A La Turka! My favorite place on UES and the BEST Turkish restaurant, in my opinion. The Shepherd salad with feta, the bread, the hummus, cacik - it's all great. And the Lentil soup! Nothing better on a cold wintry evening. But the octopus? It is amazing. I have taken countless friend who enjoy octopus - and even some who might have been on the fence about the 8 legged sea creature. They all adore the grilled octopus at ALT. It comes with grilled tomato & some baby onions and is just delicious. I am never disappointed when I go there and it's where I take my friends.

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jessi
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

For a restaurant with such a good reputation, I was extremely disappointed with my first experience here. We had a reservation, but when we arrived the only tables available were right in front of the door or in the back corner against the freezing / not insulated window. Otherwise we would have to wait. The waitress gave us the wrong information about the beer we ordered (she could have just asked her manager if she didn't know) and when I asked to make a substitute because of an allergy, I was told it would cost $2 more.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

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

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Bella
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipMichaelR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
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

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vipHarry
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
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.

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vipLaurieL
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.

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vipPeter
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???

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vipSilks66
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

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vipldytrvl
Los Angeles
46 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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DanaDish
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

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vipSalespro
New York Area
9 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.

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Masjon
New York Area
8 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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vipTK719
New York Area
95 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.

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vipfgues
New York Area
40 reviews