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Hanci Turkish Cuisine

3.9
112 reviews
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$30 and under
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Turkish
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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Hanci Turkish Cuisine is a modern restaurant that specializes in traditional Turkish cuisine. You can stop by for lunch or dinner and try authentic dishes such as falafel, lamb koffe, hummus, smoked eggplant and calf liver. Hanci Turkish Cuisine also offers classic Turkish beverages and desserts, including Turkish wine and coffee, milk pudding and baklava.

Many customers have praised Hanci Turkish Cuisine for serving the most authentic food in the entire city. Its casual ambiance makes this restaurant the perfect place to enjoy an exotic meal with friends and family any day.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Turkish
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11 AM - 3:00 PM
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00 PM - 10:30 PM, Saturday: 1:00 PM - 10:30 PM, Sunday 2:00 PM - 10:30 PM
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Phone number
(212) 707-8144
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Yakup Karatas
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Catering
Yes.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
56th and 57th
Additional
Beer, Delivery, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.9based on all time ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
3.3
ambience
4.6
value
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 12, 2016

No frills, but very solid Turkish food. Thoughtful and caring staff, and very reasonable priced. It's my go-to neighborhood place!

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2016

The iskendar lamb kabob and whole grilled branzino with rice and zucchini more than satisfied our cravings for home-cooked Turkish cuisine. The accompanying lofty, chewy bread was the perfect accompaniment. We were only sorry that the hors d'oeuvres and wine from a reception earlier in the evening made us indisposed to enjoy a Turkish wine or dessert with our meal. Thank you, Hanci!

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2016

Delicious and fresh! This small attractive restaurant has helpful and charming service. Try the special of the day and the Turkish wine and beer too. The appetizers are excellent. Incredible value! Can't wait to go back!!

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2016

We came in late. We were traveling from DC to NYC for the weekend and looked up this place. It was authentic and delicious. The owners were very nice and friendly. I will go here again when in in NY.

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4.0Dined on December 11, 2015

We have been eating at Hanci for several years on a regular basis. The food is always fresh and delicious and the service is homey and attentive. It's hard to find better Turkish food in NYC!

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2.0Dined on November 16, 2015

The waitress was lovely but when I asked if they had a specific Turkish dish the owner/manager, who was seated at a table doing paperwork, was very rude in answering. The food was run of the mill. Nothing special at all.

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5.0Dined on October 31, 2015

Loved the smoked eggplant, and the mixed meat plate - all very delicious. Excellent Turkish cuisine.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2015

We love Hanci. The people who own/operate this restaurant are delightful. We were there on Saturday night and had a fantastic meal (Kofte is awesome!). The wines are very reasonably priced, and the desserts...!!!...the shredded wheat w/ mozzarella and honey. OH MY! So good!

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5.0Dined on September 11, 2015

Very good Turkish food which tastes like home to all my Turkish Friends I have taken there. Small and a bit out of the way on 10th Avenue which makes it a real find. I usually have multiple appetizers and share an entry (the mix grill) with up to three people.

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4.0Dined on August 15, 2015

Friendly, professional service. The staff was happy that we were there and inquired several times if we needed anything. Food very tasty and fresh. Price reasonable. I would recommend for good food and good value when attending Lincoln Center events.

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2015

We loved everything we ordered: tomato/cucumber salad, smoked eggplant salad, lamb and chicken kebabs, cacik, desserts-- everything was fresh and delicious!! We will definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2015

Perfect find for going to concerts and meeting before show. Great for every type of eater---I loved the whole trout and many unique apps.

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4.0Dined on May 9, 2015

Hanci Turkish is now my favorite Turkish food in the City. Each time I've been, service has been nice, food has been very well prepared, wine has been properly chilled & served, and my friends have always enjoyed it as much as I have. They do a very good job on an absolutely consistent basis, which goes so far with me in this City, where ups & downs seem to be more the norm.
My only wish: the stuffed grape leaves had more per order... they're too good to have just one per person at a table of 4.

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4.0Dined on April 9, 2015

I love this little Turikish place on 10th Ave. and 56th St. You might miss it if you walk too fast. Stop and go in. The staff is welcoming and warm. The owner often comes out and talks to customers, and has a warm smile for everyone. The food is good - solid Turkish grilled fish/kebobs/mezza plates,, etc . The many times I've been there the service has always been excellent, and the food reasonably priced. Introduced to me by a musician friend who plays frequently at Carnegie Hall and loves to eat there before concerts.

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4.0Dined on February 7, 2015

Appreciated a quiet place with satisfying meal - not extraordinary, but very good. Fish was well prepared. Have had better hummus.. would skip this, but plan to go back.

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4.0Dined on December 26, 2014

Our party of eight was warmly greeted when we arrived for a pre-theatre early dinner. Our waitress was perhaps a bit too directive in what she thought we should order; however, she did guide us to the special entree, lamb shanks and this was perhaps among the best I have had anywhere. The delicate, well-perfumed meat fell effortlessly from the bone and was accompanied by nicely prepared vegetables and tomatoes. Other diners were very pleased with their array of entrees which included salmon, kabobs, and a mixed grill. The calimari was lightly breaded and gently fried. Various salads (hummous, white beans) were well presented and tasty. A Turkish wine was surprisingly good, medium bodied, with just the right amount of fruit to compliment the dishes. We were too full to have dessert and had to head off for a performance as well; however, we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2014

It took us a while to get there from Times Square (the restaurant is located on 10th ave), but thankfully it wasnt crowded at all for us to start dining right away. Food portions were rather small considering the cost. Lamb kebab was okay, but a bit too dried for our taste. Rice was tasty, but not enough to have it with 5 chunks of lamb it came with. We sliced it small, and it was "an okay" amount. Calimari was good, but memorable. Baklava and turkish coffee went very good together. Baklava was a but chewy for my taste, but the dessert had us end our dinner well. I would maybe go there for lunch, if I ever get myself there again (hesitant due to distance, not food) considering the cost and portion.

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5.0Dined on November 14, 2014

Braised lamb shank so tender, it fell off the bone! Salata tomato/cucumber done so perfectly with spices and herbs, just like it should be done! Wine, bread, service.....I felt like I was back in the homes of many mothers who cooked for me in Istanbul. This is a real gem and I will certainly be back!!!! Outstanding!

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2014

Basic menu but well-made food, and healthy. Waitress was charming and helpful.My third time there and I will be back.

Lentil soup and spicy chopped chicken very good.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2014

The place always offers great food and great Turkish wines, the service is great and the people are always nice, you feel welcome, try it!

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4.0Dined on August 27, 2014

I know nothing about Turkish food. Our server helped us with the menu. All the food was great. Make sure to get the appetizer sampler. It's awesome

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5.0Dined on August 23, 2014

The food was excellent, the service was first rate and this wonderful restaurant compares very favorably to my favorite Turkish restaurant in NYC - the Turkish Kitchen. And it is less expensive!!

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2014

Absolutely authentic, well-prepared, generously-portioned Turkish food. Standards like shish kabob and tavuk kabob were perfectly tender; grilled fish excellent. Meze were large portions, good for sharing. Arnavut cigeri (liver) was delicious and so were all the others, both hot and cold. Bread was freshly made. Service was very good and attentive.

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3.0Dined on June 25, 2014

I am a cooking chef with great fondness for middle eastern food. Got to this restaurant with high expectations and had a lentil soup, lamb wrapped in cabbage, and hummus. Alas, the cooks forgot where the salt was that evening, as I had to re-season from scratch (I do not eat salty). However, obvious effort went into the preparation and presentation (though it could use more garnishings). Service was swift and polite. Would recommend it to diversify your taste repertoire.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2014

The six of us were more than pleased with the food. The service was really friendly and helpful with some unfamiliar items. I guess, despite the fact that our waiter forgot one soup and one appetizer -- that we were charged for -- the service still gets a three-star rating.

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2014

I found this affordable gem on Yelp, using search in Hell's Kitchen. I used the user friendly opentable to make my reservation. I love grilled fish and they had at least 4 choices on the menu. We had an early reservation, so the small restaurant was very quiet when we arrived, but picked up when we were done. Try the Turkish wine and beer; light and refreshing. Also the mixed appetizers. Of course, baklava for dessert with either the apple tea or Turkish coffee. Although the meal was very good, the best part of our dining experience was the wait staff. Charming, accommodating and friendly, bordering on familial! I recommend this place while visiting Lincoln Center, which is just a few blocks away.

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1.0Dined on June 7, 2014

The lamb was terrible. The server was rude. I don't get why this place has such high ratings.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2014

Needed a place in this neighborhood and we love Turkish food. It is a great find for what seems otherwise a no man's land for eating. Food was classic Turkish style. Service was warm, friendly and prompt. Chef came out to chat with our party at the end of the meal. All in all, a lovely experience.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2014

My wife and I selected Hanci for my birthday visit on a recent trip to NYC. With an upcoming trip to Istanbul two months from now, we wanted to find good authentic Turkish cuisine. We were not disappointed. I made one mistake in ordering Turkish tea, requesting it before the meal. As part of my learning experience, I realized too late that this was not iced tea to sip through the meal. Having travelled a great deal, I should have known better. But it was very good tea! Our selection proved to be a good choice, as we spotted numerous native Turks among the customers.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2014

An informal neighborhood restaurant with great food and service. Save room for dessert. Their "kunefe" (baked shredded wheat with honey and spices) is a wonderful surprise.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2014

The food is wonderful and the quality of the meat is much better than other Turkish restaurants in the area. I love it there.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2014

Found the restaurant by chance searching for someplace to eat that was not too far from the Irish Arts Center. Calamari appetizer was garlicky and delicious. The whole Branzino which came with some salad was very good. Two others in our party had the baby lamb chops which came with rice; they thought it was very good. Prices were reasonable for the area; perhaps the fish could have come with a starch. We were in a hurry, so did not have time to try dessert or coffee--next time.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2014

Excellent and very fresh.. The appetizers and dinner were fabulous. The baklava they
Served for dessert was soggy and a little stale...but don't let that discourage you. The
Rest was first rate.

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2014

Menu for vegetarians and lamb/chicken lovers. Pleasant, efficient service. Excellent turkish red house wine. Tarama appetizer v. salty. Our 2 different lamb dishes (chops and Iskender kebab) were very good, the vegetarian one (grilled vegetables), uninspired. Very good shepherd salad and lentil soup. Apple tea and turkish coffee very good.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2014

Perfect little restaurant - great Turkish food at an affordable price. The staff work really hard, and it shows. Definitely recommend it for dinner.

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2014

The food at this place isn't great, but it is good, and the prices are very reasonable. If you're looking for a quick, relatively cheap meal, it's a good pick.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2014

Friendly but not intrusive service. Both the grilled whole bronzini and the chicken (?) dish we had were very well done and with a sensible portion size. Simple, but elegant fare. The wine selection was also simple, but more than adequate for the price. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on January 25, 2014

Prices are great. Food was delicious. Unpretentious relaxed dining. Much more satisfying than noisy, pricey places. This place is was just perfect, before going to jazz at Lincoln Center .

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2.0Dined on January 1, 2014

This is a reasonable place.... but some of the dishes lack variety .... and the flavors aren't anything to shout about. It's also lacking ambience - too well lit and lacks the vibe and character that you like to have in a restuarant. Having said this, if you're looking for Turkish food, this certainly isn't a bad start.

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3.0Dined on January 1, 2014

The food was very nice. However the waitress was a rude. The design is nice. And the chef is talented.

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