We were late due to unbelievable traffic delays and had theater tickets. The restaurant was incredibly accommodating and everything was delicious. We want to come back when we can savor the meal!
Crowded. Food was bland. Service was disjointed.
Very authentic - just like my grandmother's middle eastern home cooking! Reasonable costs, BYOB and wonderful service. What more could you want?!
La comida estuvo excelente, de primera. La atención fue muy buena.
Very accommodating for our group of 6. This is a BYOB restaurant and I asked if we could drop our wine off early so I didn't have to schlep it around with me and they were happy to do so. The table was ready when we arrived 10 mins early. Wait staff was friendly and not over-bearing. Food was delicious we tried many appetizers and entree's, had food to take home. They didn't rush us even though they were busy and noise-level was okay for the whole table to still be able to have conversations. I'll be back
Pleasant staff, interesting menu, very good value. .
Great Turkish food. Very attentive and friendly service.
Overall, this dining experience was wonderful. Excellent service, delicious food. Would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant. Great menu choices and reasonably priced.
The paradigm of neighborhood gem, with consistently good food and service, reasonable prices, and the opportunity to bring-your-own wine. It's always quiet enough for conversation, and even when it's crowded,no one rushes you. Be sure to ask about the specials, and try the lamb shank if it's available.
I Love this place. It is one of my regular go-tos.
Always dependable frienfly service and delicious Turkish food. One of my favorite spots for casual get togethers with friends and family.
A lively atmosphere, very attentive staff, delicious food
The food is always delicious and it's byob
Food was excellent and very nicely presented.
Unfortunately, we were rushed. Were a little late for our reservation because of a parking problem, but I had called and our reservation was held. Waiter was very understanding that we had a concert to get to and advised us as to what would be best to order with our time constraints.
Will definitely go back when we have unlimited time and can really sit and enjoy. Noise level was quite high, but really did not bother us.
Delicious and authentic food. I am based in Washington D.C. and can not wait to go back to NYC in order to taste it again.
This has been our "go to" restaurant in our neighborhood for several years. Very affordable, comforting, home style Turkish food. Always good and welcoming service. The most liberal BYOB policy I have ever experienced. No corkage fee - wine glasses provided and wine poured without issue. Don't miss if in neighborhood! I have never had a bad or disappointing meal.
The service in this restaurant is very fast and courteous even when all seats are taken. Authentic Turkish food is featured at prices moderate (for Manhattan’s Lincoln Center district). The restaurant features a wide variety of dishes to fit every appetite and taste within Turkish cuisine. This is a “must done here” recommendation.
Great food, love the BYOB aspect. Second time in 4 months and we live out of town.
Outstanding food! Loved our lamb dishes! Quiet atmosphere and a great value, with prompt courteous service! Will go back for sure!
Excellent choice for Manhattan dining--our preferred place to dine before a concert at Carnegie Hall or a performance at Lincoln Center
Consistently thoughtful and gracious service
Excellent food prepared to one's specifications/request
BYOB without any corkage fee
if you are a coffee drinker do enjoy their Turkish coffee with some baklava at the end of your meal
Good food. Everyone had a good time
We go here every time we're in New York, and we've never been disappointed. Get the Sultan's Delight, lamb with eggplant puree. Outstanding.
Delicious food and very pleasant experience overall. BYOB but luckily there’s a nice wine store right across the street.
Everything was perfect - the food and the service. When we got the check, and we were only a party of 4, the tip of 18% was included. When I asked whether it was a normal practice for the restaurant to include the gratuity, one of the servers said that they did this because they thought I was a tourist. This undermined the experience as I have been living in NYC for decades, and it is not appropriate for a restaurant in multicultural NYC to profile customers. If the gratuity was included, I would have probably tipped 20% on my own volition as I was otherwise so happy with the experience.
Nice ambient and friendly staffs. Food was good only complain is the portion was slightly small for kebab combo.
Wonderful all around!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I loved this place, my first time ever eating this food. Service was great, food was amazing! So tasty, I will definitely go back
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Friendly atmosphere,wonderful grilled fish [we don't eat meat] and moderate prices. Who could ask for more? There is: BYOB!