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About A La Turka Restaurant

A La Turka, an Upper East Side restaurant that opened 20 years ago and is now booked every day and night, thanks to its great food, lively atmosphere and media attention. 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 feels like having an authentic and remarkable meal in Bosporus, Istanbul. There is live music and belly dancer on every Thursday night and there is instrumental smooth Turkish live music on every Tuesday and Wednesday night at A La Turka Restaurant. Also we do catering . Call us for your events.

1417 2nd Avenue
New York, NY 10021
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Turkish, Mediterranean

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am

Cross Street:
74th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 744-2217

Website:
http://www.alaturkarestaurant.com/

Entertainment:
An authentic dinner with pleasing tunes from Buddha bar musician Hasan Isakkut and his band with traditional instruments, every tuesday and wednesday night.
Belly Dancing and live music on every Thursday night.

Catering:
We offer special menus and service for your occasions. We have the capacity to serve to over 1000 people. we have prix fix menus and also we can customize menus for you.

Public Transit:
6 train to 77th Street.

Private Party Facilities:
Bringing a diverse Turkish and Mediterranean kitchen into the heart of Manhattan, A LA TURKA features an exquisite menu, exotic atmosphere and friendly staff that have earned a reputation for being New York’s first choice in Mediterranean cuisine. We can add Belly Dancer and live music to your events. Please contact us for details about Private Parties and Catering.
Phone Number: 646 944 3536

Private Party Contact:
Event Coordinator: (877) 487-4342

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

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Details
Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:00PM

Mon - Fri 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Sat 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 5:00PM

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A La Turka Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.2

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4.0

value

4.3

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (23)
Casual (13)
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Good for Groups (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Comfort Food (6)
Fun (5)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for a Date (4)
Healthy (4)
Live Music (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
People Watching (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Business Meals (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Romantic (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Love A La Turka!! The lentil soup with a squeeze of lemon is amazing, love the Shepard salad, hummus & they have the BEST grilled octopus anywhere.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our group of 7 arrived at different times. The first 3 ordered wine and appetizers and as our friends arrived each ordered as they came . Restaurant staff was flexible and accommodating. We also had special food needs among the group, vegetarian and no-carb. Everyone loved the food. Lamb chops are always superb! Dips and spreads are always delicious. The only dish that missed the mark was a Medeterranean salad. The only green was mint. Overall everything was great and staff very friendly and efficient. My local neighborhood constant.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Late-night Find
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Food was very good! Will definitely go back.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

great food at a very reasonable price
very attentive wait staff
overall a great experience

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food was very good. Service was a bit slow but overall good, and the waiters were very nice. They did not have the wine I wanted but gave me something else which I enjoyed. Would recommend for sure.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Went there last minute when we saw Taksim closed, glad we did. We got the eggplant salad and fried calamari both of which were delicious. We shared an lamb mixed grill entree which was delicious as well. Overall the experience was great, the prices were very reasonable and service was good, will definitely be going back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Great food!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Frankly had been to A La Turka before but had forgotten that fact. My wife and I didn't remember it being exceptional-maybe just fair . We tried it again last night ,being in the neighborhood and seeking Turkish cuisine. Our experience was more noteworthy.I must say that our food was very nicely prepared and my wife thoroughly enjoyed her Lamb Shank main course as I did also with my Lamb adana. The prices are reasonable. The restaurant was not very crowded as we were there early but the service was attentive and the overall food experience was good.We would definitely return next time we at in the area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Excellent lunch special. Appetizer, salad and lunch entree all delicious and nice size portions.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food. Inconsistent service. Nice dinner. Will return. Good value.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We are 'regulars'. We dine frequently and are almost always treated 'very' well. However, service was very slow and inattentive, with surrounding tables being served promptly.
(We were practically ignored!) Since Natalia, the wonderful bartender, along with other staff who know us, are usually extremely welcoming, we don't know what caused the ambivalence the other night.

Generally, we are pleased and satisfied. We live across the street and this is one of our favorite local spots. Hopefully this will continue to occur in the future.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on November 15, 2017

A good place for good Turkish food. We have being going here for years and still like to go.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

The heat was not working and we all froze!
They treated us to coffee and dessert for the inconvenience!
The food was excellent but I did not take off my coat or my scarf!
They should have closed the restaurant until it got warm ,
It is all glass as well so that did not help either!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Great service, good food, ambiance was good and not too loud

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have been to this restaurant many times and on our visit Sat night we had a pretty bad experience. We were 6 people in total and 2 entrees never came out of the kitchen, they finally arrived after the rest of the party was done eating. The waiter was extremely rude about the whole experience and basically yelled at me and told me he took off one of the entrees and I should be happy about that and not complain.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our waiter, Tolga, made the evening. The food was super and abundant. Our seating was a little tight but that can be easily corrected.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have eaten here at least 50 times and have ordered in from here at least twice that number. The food is always very good. This last time we dined there, however, there was something new: a new waiter, Boris. He was truly outstanding. Attentive without being obtrusive. Knowledgeable about the daily specials, the wine list, the entire menu. And extraordinarily pleasant as well.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

We love A La Turka- probablyvthere once a month. Great food, service is good and recognize customers- great spot to keep on your upper east side go-to list.

Tags: Good for a Date, People Watching, Casual
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Super fun birthday surprise with the firework 'candle' came out in a piece of their wonderful chocolate cake!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 12, 2017

My husband and I had a great special; cold seafood salad, loaded with dill and lemon. Wish they would incorporate that dish into their menu.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toronto)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I have been at this restaurant many times over the last 10 years and I like the food and service. However it has been in a decline over the last couple years and this last visit was appalling. We made a reservation on OpenTable and were seated by 7pm but were asked to leave at 9pm given that the table was reserved for someone else. While I understand the business logic behind it there were three glaring issues:

1. We were never told that the table was available for only 2 hrs
2. When we were told this, we were literally signing the check
3. The attitude was very rude. No explanation no apology no alternative solution (ie let's seat you elsewhere).

Then to my shock, when I went to write a review, the restaurant conveniently "deleted" our reservation saying we never arrived. Clearly to avoid a negative review.

While food is great, what makes a restaurant is great service and care for customers. How could one trust the food served by a restaurant with such greed and disrespect. Appalling and sad as it used to be such a great restaurant.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Completely delicious and welcoming. I'm not in that nabe a lot but if I was it would definitely be in our regular rotation. I had the grilled branzino-perfect. Lamb dishes also fab. I would skip the grilled trout though as is too easy to be overdone which it was.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 24, 2017

I have been to A La Turks countless times over the years, but have found that the last two experiences very disappointing. During the first experience, two of our friends had to send their meals back because they were served tepid. During our most recent experience, we waited 30 minutes for our entrees only to learn that there was a mixup in the kitchen. When the entrees finally arrived, the salmon steak was an overdone and cut was of poor quality. The second entree was served completely incorrect not to mention the low quality cuts of chicken that were used for the kabob. The servers did ultimatelypresent two glasses of wine and the grilled vegtatables, but way too late into our meal. The service was poor at best. We had to request refills of water and bread because we were basically ignored after our appetizers were served. We will definitely not be back!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

First time there. Main courses and appetizers were very good!
Lots to choose from!! The most yummy bread- ever!!
Def worth a trip back.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 15, 2017

My friend & I hadn't chatted for months.
The waiter understood and told us we could take as long as we wanted. We did - for 3.5 hours! The food was delicious- vegetable & lamb casserole. We felt welcomed and will return.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 13, 2017

We began with a cold meza. It was delicious and enough for the 4 adults as a starter. The grilled octopus was outstanding. Dessert was very good and served in little portions allowing for sharing. Only complaint was their non-attention to the nut free member of the party. We asked for bread or pita without séame seeds. They never brought anything.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Miami)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Although the restaurant was not even half full I got a very poor table up against a pole. When my friend arrived and asked for my table with my name, they told her I did not have a resrrvation although I saw my reservation on the list before they seated me. She left and I had to chade her down the street. Once we didn't order drinks wait staff seemed uninterested in our table and we were virtually ignored. There are many really good Turkish restaurants in the neighborhood. So I'm crossing this off my list. Too bad! Used to have great food and great service. What happened to switdfish kabobs and red snapper that they used to serve?

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Consistently great service! Love the lamb chops and kunefeh!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Food was very good. Each of us had something different and all three meals were plentiful and delicious. Prices are reasonable for NY. My only criticism was the very loud balilika music. We were sitting very close to it and it was very annoying. I would definitely go back, but ask for a table on the other side of the restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Very enjoyable evening. Relaxing and delicious. And the live music was an unexpected treat

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Live Music, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

not what it used to be - even the 'fresh' bread got stale/hard after a few minutes

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Very good food. Shepard salad with shaved feta

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

We enjoyed our lunch at this restaurant. It was very nice. We will go back for dinner

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Best lamb chops in NYC!!!My favorite neighborhood restaurant in the Upper East Side!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Lovely, fantastic place with a lot of character and fantastic food (and coffee!). Visited with my sister who loves Turkish cuisine so she ordered quite a few specialties from the menu, I had the salad with squid which was spectacular. The portions are larger than I had anticipated, my squid was cooked perfectly and there was an abundance of seafood. My sister ordered a chicken dish that was unbelievably great. The menu has a lot of variety, you could certainly my go in for a full meal but there are so many apps to try you could do a bunch of them. There were quite a few dates, I feel like the lighting and character of the restaurant was romantic. We didn't drink but the wine selection looked impressive. Can't wait to return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 18, 2017

All the shish is great

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Lively and friendly restaurant , with very tasty food. We choose the mezze, then the meat and chicken or platters, which were all great to share.

Tags: Casual, Fun, People Watching, Hot Spot
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Everything was leading to a very enjoyable dinner until the end- initial service was good; food and drinks were good; and then the waiter started rushing us when we ordered only coffee and no dessert- before we finished our coffee , they brought the check and announced "we need the table" - a quick way to spoil the evening

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 11, 2017

it was terrible.
no air conditioning
food not prepared properly or according to specifications
owner quite intolerant

Tags: Authentic
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 4, 2017

Fabulous food and attentive service at this great find. Will be back for the Spicy Sigara, Eggplant salad, Kofte kebab & Grilled Salmon!

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