ABA Turkish Restaurant

4.7
548 Reviews
$30 and under
Turkish
At ABA Turkish Restaurant in New York, you will instantly feel as though you walked into the city of Istanbul. We offer a variety of Mediterranean and Turkish dishes, all served within a comfortable, warm setting. The cafe provides generous portions, while maintaining modest prices.
ABA Restaurant provides an authentic atmosphere to their customers with its decoration.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • 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 548 people are saying
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100% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best food NYC has to offer.

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OlmanC
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food in a quiet place in the city. Cold and warm appetizers were all made to order. Dine in meals were all well proportioned tasted good and were warm at service.
Wait staff was very attentive and friendly.
You can not go wrong with ABA TURKISH.

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vipChristine
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have eaten there a number of times and the food is always great and the staff is always very friendly. Bring your own wine as they don’t sell alcohol.

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JoseR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall, great experience: food was delicious and staff were very friendly and attentive. Has an authentic Turkish vibe - making you feel at home - and the food is as good as it gets on this side of the Atlantic. Great value for the money! Highly recommended!

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WilliamR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Food is very tasty and prices are reasonable. I reserved in advance thinking place was busy, but that was not the case

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vipsenorita
New York Area
162 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

THE food was as usual delicious - tried the stuffed cabbage leaves and they were absolutely delicious and copious - a change from the lamb adana kebab we always have - the bread and olive oil were irresistible as usual - the only issue was the waitress who was nowhere near as charming as our usual male servers - she defiitely had an attitude probably left over from being a server at JoJo and thinks the clientele at ABA is a notch downhill - hope never to have her again - but where else can you eat a delicious copious meal for two for 40 in NYC - the rice pudding was outstanding and more than enough for two ....worth the trip even if Carnegie Hall is open =- contrast that to jacques Brasserie where we had burgers last night plus wine for almost 90 a person - and the burgers were nowhere near as good as they used to be ...

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good service food is good

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IFLYAA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Have eaten here many times pre COVID and now that they are open with limited indoor seating, we couldn’t wait to go back.
Food is excellent and service always pleasant. It’s a BYOB restaurant which is a big plus as far as affordability.
Don’t hesitate to eat here.

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vipGeorgianneL
New England
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience1

The bread was amazing, hummus was good. The waters very nice.

I ordered the chkn adana and it was not what I expected. I felt like it was not properly cooked. Idk.

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SefatH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was great and on time. The server was very nice and polite.

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anon
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, especially loved the chicken chops and lebni. This restaurants been here for awhile so I was pleasantly surprised that the food quality has not gone down. Staff was also careful with covid.

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vipnormap
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't be happier with this local Gem. Good food,fast service and they remember

my name.

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Rachel
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

We ordered lamb kabob and a mixed meat dish, both of which were excellent. I received 8 large chunks of lamb and I thought I could only eat 2, but I ate 5! The hummus was not as good as we were expecting, as both of us have traveled in the Middle East and know what excellent hummus tastes like. The desserts were both delicious (sorbet and rice pudding).

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vipnormap
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. Always come away smiling and well sated. Staff so accommodating.

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viplisag
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The chicken kabobs were delish as were the spinach pie and grape leaves. Wouldn’t order the veggie casserole again as a bit bland. Staff was great and very friendly.

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vipaaaa
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible. Especially that uneducated waiter in glasses. He should be deported and back where he came from.

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vipJonathanM
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Well constructed outdoor setting

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vipNYDiner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and very attentive service. This is a great neighborhood spot.

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SarahM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, incredible service - love coming here! It's also BYOB :)

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vipDeniseW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Reasonable priced. Amazing service. They went above and beyond for friends bday dinner.

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YessicaG
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!! Took my friend for her birthday and she loved it

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TasminaJ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Really tasty! Specially the lamb shank was delicious!

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vipBernardaD
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience1

There should be a warning that this restaurant doesn't serve alcohol. It is also not the type of restaurant I expect from Open Table.

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Midtownie
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Outdoor dining on a street with buses isn’t great. Also, the bike delivery people kept riding right by us (on the sidewalk) which was scary. Will go back when they reopen indoors.

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Valt
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I've been wanting to check out ABA for some time now, so we recently went for My Bday. I Loved the look of the restaurant- the decor, the trees in the dinning room & a great rooftop patio. I had high expectations regarding the food, especially since it has rave reviews. We ordered the Lamb Ragu Hummus- it was ok, the lamb was soggy in the juices, I think it should have been dry with the hummus (I'm sry but we get better hummus at the little neighborhood Middle Eastern/Turkish places), we also ordered the Lamb Wrapped in Eggplant- that was pretty good but I expected better, lastly we ordered the Short Rib Shakshuka Stew- which was just ok. I enjoyed my drink- Gin & Tonic with Kiwi Puree & the Creme Brulee Pie was Delicious!
I DON'T GET THE RAVE REVIEWS OF THE FOOD?
Maybe these ppl haven't experienced much Turkish food, just don't get out much or because of the hot-spot location somehow think the food is just as great, lol.
*I'm only recommending ABA to a friend bc of the Ambience/Roof-Top Patio & Dessert.

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AJA926
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Decent outdoor dining spot, price fixe menu (fr 4-7) and attentive service. Recommend for a nice meal!

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Proflaw
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. Quiet. Reasonably priced. A gem. Like eating at a friend's house.

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MatthewY
London
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with beautifully cooked food

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vipBruceB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great meal. This was a real find for this area.

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vincenth
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was very good even amazing as well. Its byob, no service if beer or wine, which if I read more reviews I probably would have known going in. Definitely a 5 stars

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Waiters were a bid gruff and seemed in a hurry to get us moving along even though we were there for barely an hour.

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Jlove67
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We were here on Valentines night. Wish we knew there was no liquor but you could bring your own wine. Candles at the table were a nice touch, but the tables were too crammed together. Food was very good. They also gave us yummy warm bread before our meal so we ended taking some food home.

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annt
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

the food was very good, and plentiful. In fact, could have shared a main course plus a mezze plate instead of two main dishes. The restaurant does not have a beer and wine license, so need to BYOB-- but there is no corkage fee, so makes this an affordable option for dinner in a high-price neighborhood of Manhattan.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a group

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vipSnbc
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Adana kabobs were not good. They got it completely wrong

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

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vipkppm
New York Area
169 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

As always good food and service; very reasonable prices especially for the area and best of all and a real money save =
BYOB.
NYC is the world capital for over very high price Wine!!!!!
So this pace is then a bargain.

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HalalSearching
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was a bit salty and dry end. Nice servers, ambiance and lively. If you're not too picky with taste this is a nice place to go to. Food is average.

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TraceyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend!! Loved the food and the service was spectacular - very attentive and fast.

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vipdgxo
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent staff. Reminded me of my time in Istanbul.

FAQs

ABA Turkish Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. ABA Turkish Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 969-1782.

ABA Turkish Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 548 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.