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About ABA Turkish Restaurant

At ABA Restaurant, 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.

325 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
Daily 10:00 am–10:30 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

Cross Street:
8th and 9th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 969-1782

Website:
http://www.abarestaurant.com/

Catering:
ABA would love to cater your next corporate or family affair.

Parking Details:
Street

Public Transit:
59 St - Columbus Circle (1, 2, A, B, C, D)

57 St - 7 Av (N, Q, R)

7 Av (B, D, E)

Private Party Facilities:
Whether you’re looking for a venue to host an intimate party, a small corporate dinner or are just looking for a nice dining room in NYC, ABA Restaurant is the perfect venue. Celebrate a special occasion or gather with friends and colleagues at ABA Restaurant. You and your guests will enjoy the authentic atmosphere of ABA Restaurant.

Additional:
BYO Wine, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

ABA Turkish Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

3.9

ambience

3.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (3)
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Spicy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
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Creative Cuisine (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Wonderful all around!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Both the dinner & the service were very good. We enjoyed our meal - it was delicious & authentic. It is within 10 minutes walking of NY City Center and a good place to eat dinner before the theater. We plan on going back for dinner.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Quick Bite, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Indiana)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Have eaten middle eastern food a lot I find that the food is lacking flavor and spices. I really was not impressed with what we ordered except for the falafel and bread. This would probably be the only things I would go back for. However the cleanliness of the cups, plates and utensils makes me never want to go back. If the items I'm supposed to using to eat and drink with are not clean.... then what does the kitchen look like? It leaves you to wonder. My glass had lipstick still on it... I did not wear any makeup that day so it was not mine. I did not notice this until towards the end of my meal when waitress refilled my glass and the light hit it and I saw the lip stick mark..... needless to say I was so disgusted and just felt sick to my stomach. Waitress was very nice and understanding and offered Turkish coffee as an apology but it was still very disgusting. Some of our plates also were not clean and we asked for clean ones. Not something a customer should have to ask for. Restaurant lack quality control. Items should be looked at before take out to customers tables. I must say I was disappointed with this experience and at the price point if this restaurant I expected higher quality in cleanliness and food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Excellent food and great value. Handy to Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. It's BYOB but there's a wine shop just across the street.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We had an excellent meal. The service was fast and very efficient. And the food really good and reasonably priced.
Make sure you bring your wine if you want some as they don't have a wine list.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Spicy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 26, 2017

The service was non existent. I think there was one waiter for the whole restaurant and several untrained bus boys. Never asked about wine, never refilled the water and waited a very long time for dessert and coffee even thought we mentioned we had theater tickets. The eggplant salad and bread were wonderful.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

I loved this place, my first time ever eating this food. Service was great, food was amazing! So tasty, I will definitely go back

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Afternoon Tea, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

this was the first horrible experience i have had at ABA - i took the last reservation time but they should never accept reservations at 10 pm - 9:30 pm should be the absolute cut off - before i even sat down, they said we had to be out of there by 11 pm - they interrupted every 10 minutes to say the same thing - were slow in taking the order - bringing glasses for wine - did not offer to ice the wine like they usually do - wanted to know if we wanted a main course when we didn't even have time to finish the appetizers - they were cleaning the plates out from under us - the food had been cooked and sitting around so the zucchini pancakes were limp and terrible - the only decent thing was the phyllo stickts - never have we been treated so rudely and inconsiderately in a restaurant - a totallly different experience from the week before - i have never been there late night and would not go back at that time - never been to a restaurant where they wouldn't even let you finish your food saying they had to clean up and leave - had just been to Esca the night before where they allowed us to finish our meal in peace though we had walked in around 10 without a reservation - the service couldn't have been more delightful there and the food was freshly cooked - it was vastly more expensive but vastly better with cocktails, wine, appetizer, main course ... very sorry to have to write this since i have been to ABA several times and always loved it but it was Dr Jeklly and Mr Hyde - even the same waiter as the week before

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food is consistently excellent. The hospitality is warm and the service very good. The bread they bring out is delicious and abundant. I stick with the basics, grape leaves, cacik [!], doner kebab, falafel, moussaka. The prices are reasonable and it's close to Jazz at Lincoln Center and not that far from Carnegie Hall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 15, 2017

It looks more like a take out place than a restaurant, but the food was pretty good and the price was right for pre-Lincoln Center dining. It was getting busy and crowded toward the end of our meal and service at that point was non-existent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

This was a great spot to meet a friend near Columbus Circle. We had the early dinner special (Monday-Thursday) which was a good, plentiful home style Turkish meal. No alcohol at the restaurant, so got a bottle of wine at the nearby store that was recommended. All in all, a very casual, relaxed and reasonable dinner.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 7, 2017

I've been to ABA several times and never disappointed. The wait staff are very friendly and accommodating. The menu is diversified and ingredients taste fresh and portion sizes are very good. It is a b.y.o.b. and prices are reasonable. I will be back.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 6, 2017

well, definitely one of my favorite - convenient to CArnegie Hall and the Rose Theater but the food is delicious - the service could not be more accommodating - my TAblet was out of battery unexpectedly - they took it right away to recharge it - did not even need a charger - they allowed us to split the prix-fixe dinner again adding an appetizer - there is no corkage fee and you can bring your own wine - i said i had to make it to the opera and they served us quickly - more bread, more olive oil - no problem! left my credit card - got a call and picked it up after the opera - would go back in a heartbeat

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Friendly atmosphere,wonderful grilled fish [we don't eat meat] and moderate prices. Who could ask for more? There is: BYOB!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 30, 2017

friends had recommended restaurant. we ordered lamb chops which were ok. same friends said that fish was their specialty - 5 different kinds. we shall try that next time.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

ABA never disappoints with consistent, genuine Mediterranean food. Their menu is quite expansive and they even have a decent wine section. Service is quick and efficient. This is a place where you can go for a meal and never be disappointed.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Good for Groups, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quick Bite, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Great food. Havin g been to Turkey, the food here is incredibly authentic from appetizer to dessert.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was excellent. We did 4 appetizers and shared one main dish. Everything was great. service was wonderful. my water glass was never empty. They have a full menu late, after theatre. Definitely try it if into Turkish food. its the real stuff.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent food and BYOB is the cherry on top. Husband had the lamb chops and I had the Branzino... Both were delicious. Ezme, eggplant salad, and cheese rolls are on point. Highly recommend this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Excellent food as always. Love the chicken Kefta kebab

Tags: Vegan, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Healthy
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·Dined on July 20, 2017

The food and service were excellent. I am in a wheelchair, and I didn't use the bathroom, but from my vantage, it looked like a entry too narrow for a wheelchair. I would definitely go there again.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Business Meals, Vegan, Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Healthy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Afternoon Coffee, Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

A reliable choice in the theatre district-Lincoln Center-Carnegie Hall triangle. Turkish specialties but wonderful, fresh grilled fish at great prices. BYOB seals the deal.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Detroit)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Flavorful authentic Turkish cuisine.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 9, 2017

Up side: good location near Lincoln Center. Down side: everything else. Poorly-prepared food (overcooked liver cubes), indifferent service. Occasional friendly waiters, others walking in their own world. I have eaten in many NYC Turkish restaurants; this is the bottom of the list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Lovely place, great location and perfect for pre or post theatre dining.
Food was authentic and quite tasty. Service provided was warm, friendly and professional.
I would highly recommend this restaurant and definitely return to try the dumplings!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Healthy, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Found this restaurant convenient to Lincoln Center. Very casual, local and reasonable prices. Also, BYOB which makes it more attractive. Wine store across the street! My wife and I had fish dishes, well prepared and presented. I would recommend and will return if in the neighborhood.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Looking for a moderately priced restaurant while staying in midtown Manhattan. This place fits the bill. It is BYOB and there are wine stores nearby to pick up something. The food was very good with nice size portions. We had the eggplant salad, hummus, sultan's delight, grilled trout and chicken kabobs/yogurt sauce - all excellent. Definitely a new go to place for us when staying in town.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Decent Turkish food in a bit busy restaurant.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Delicious food!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

It was a great experience. Very friendly staff and the labne was delicious.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Excellent food and Turkish coffee

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Great lentil soup and the waiter tried to be accommodating

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

Nice place, good service and good prices. Always like going here.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Just back from Istanbul and was looking for a place to introduce my sister to their great food. This was perfect and portions generous.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

The food is consistently good at ABA and it is reasonably priced. So it's very crowded which is fine because they don't rush you but it is also very noisy. We had a good meal and a nice evening.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 30, 2017

Friendly service...happy to please. Very tasty food. Several choices. Pleasant to see families enjoying a meal together.
Great that No background music to interfere with conversation.

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Great authentic Turkish food. Just take a look around and lots of middle eastern folks eating so you know it has to be good! BYOB in NYC is a rare find!! Love it!

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

Every time I leave ABA, I'm always full and happy. The food is delicious, and so is coffee and dessert (the keşkül is delicious). Despite their being so many options in the area, my family and I keep coming back.

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

Very adequate food, polite service, and great value in area pre Carengie Hall

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Great Turkish restaurant with authentic flavor and big style portions. Try the ABA combo-so much food and delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Tapas, Authentic
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