Shuka

4.7
2282 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
Located in SoHo on MacDougal Street, Shuka offers dynamic Eastern Mediterranean flavors married with the best of greenmarket ingredients. Chef Ayesha Nurdjaja brings the evocative flavors of the region to the heart of the plate: From mezze such as Beet Hummus, Whipped Feta and Pistachio and House made Labne, to Kebabs with Shawarma Spiced Chicken, Swordfish or Sirloin Steak, and a wide variety of cocktails, wine and beer. Shuka is a party for groups of friends, coworkers, family and neighbors.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday through Friday:
12PM to 11PM

Saturday:
Brunch
10:30AM to 3PM
Dinner
5:30PM to 11PM

Sunday:
Brunch
10:30AM to 3PM
Dinner
5:30PM to 10PM

Daily Happy Hour:
4PM to 7PM at the bar
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Phone number
(212) 475-7500
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ayesha Nurdjaja
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Private party facilities
We offer private and semi-private dining for up to 100 guests for a sit down dinner.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Prince and 6th
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Parking details
Also public lots nearby.
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B, D, Q, F to West 4th.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 2282 People Are Saying
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AB
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous as always and the service great. The staff is warm and welcoming and David insures that all is right

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service and food! Ordered the shrimp skewers and it came with a side of pita and sauces. Would definitely go back.

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t
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my go-to lunch spot. Excellent and savory dishes made with care, friendly and attentive staff, beautiful setting. The Med Plate and the Shakshuka are my two faves, but the lamb burger is excellent too.

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DH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Service was slow at lunch that was not very busy. They did not have very basic things that restaurants should have (no straws and not the anti plastic movement they still could have a paper alternative for an $8 mint lemonade). My friend ordered the lamb burger and they had no tzaki as a side sauce when she asked (this is a Mediterranean restaurant?) and when I asked for a coffee, I was told they had none! My falafel was hard and over cooked.

I have been here before but this was terrible. I work for a large media company and need places for working lunches. I was embarrassed to have asked my friend from another large media company to come downtown for such a subpar lunch.

I will not be back anytime soon.

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l
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice service if a little pushy. Food is fresh and tasty.

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MA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere and cost/benefit for food, service and environment!

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PM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is very loud!!! But, the hostess was accommodating and moved us to a table that we could talk without shouting. The servers are great and the food was delicious, but not like, wow, I have to go back. Overall, if you are in the neighborhood, a great dinner. We were not and after a $30 Uber ride and return, not worth it, but it was a good dinner.

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r
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

We had high hopes. There were a few bright spots: beet tzatziki and cold brew coffee. Yaffa omelette was good, spinach feta scramble was bland, and Mediterranean platter was pedestrian. Nearby falafel shops produce much better versions with more variety for at least 1/3 less cost. Simple requests were simply too much to handle, such as cooking the scrambled eggs well done. To be fair, the manager took the item off the bill because it took so extraordinarily long to return with the corrected order, which was a nice thing to do. But by then, we had inquired of almost every member of the staff except the manager! We sat by the open windows and even then music levels were so loud it was difficult to hear across the table. And this was brunch! We will not return or recommend. Sorry, Shuka.

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M
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Will definitely be back.

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MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good and they have a lot of options. I definetely want to go back to try more plates. Staff is very friendly. Nice atmosphere, it's much bigger than what it seems from outside.

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RV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing as always.

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e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Shuka was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad that I went. The restaurant, itself, is gorgeous, and the food is delicious.

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RD
New York Area
95 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Shuka, is great - casual and fun place- Especially in the nice weather it is all open to a quiet MacDougal St. The food and service were very good.

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K
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here on a recommendation from a friend and it was great!! Nabia was a friendly and attentive server, and I will definitely be going back (especially for those fried halloumi bites...YUM!)

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NN
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was top notch--the food and the service. Our group ordered a wide assortment from the menu to share and there wasn't a dish we didn't like. Our faves were the halloumi, fries, and stuffed squash. There is legit something for everyone and the prices are beyond reasonable. I will so be back again to try even more dishes.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did not have a server, we had a culinary journey designer. She ushered us through the menu and between each course, ensuring we had food as excellent as the atmosphere. The Tahiti (which had an African influence in its spices) and artichoke dips are a must to start with. Genuinely, I’ve found a new favorite spot in the city where I will frequent with my close New Yorker friends as well as everyone from out of town you want to experience something special. One of the best dining experiences I’ve had in NYC, period.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great experience. The staff was accommodating and all the dips were delicious. Great place to go where you can share a bunch of plates and not break the bank.

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J
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I were truly thrilled with our experience over lunch at Shuka. Neither of us had been to the restaurant previous and both will surely return.

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i
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Was looking for a Mediterranean food in Washington SQ area and found this. Had a reservation ahead of time and was seated right away, around 6pm on a weekday. It was pretty peaceful and I could carry a conversation with people at the table. An hour later I couldn't even hear myself.
The food was ... strange. Beet hummus had too much vinegar, pitas had questionable markings that looked very much like mold (exchanged with no problem), dessert had a salty watermelon which is not a choice I would go with.
Portions were really small, especially for the price, even for the city.
Service was excellent though. Our waitress and the staff were very accommodating even though the people in the group had some difficulty making up their minds.
The bottom line is that if you're looking for a place for a foodie within you Shuka is probably worth a visit, but if you want to have a fulfilling Mediterranean meal, go elsewhere.

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DB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great shawarma! Cute quaint restaurant with attentive service and very good food. Would go back. Unfortunately the day we were there the windows and doors were all open and an unpleasant odor was coming in from the street- I’m sure that was just unlucky timing.

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SP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Have eaten here several times over the past month since discovering Shuka. Food is always delicious. While it can sometimes be loud, find the service and staff amazing.

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GZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at Shuka for my bday was truly amazing! Starting from the host stand where we were greeted with a smile and then made sure we had the table of our liking.The level of service was superb, we were a table of 8 and hard to manage at times but the server was patient and always positive and helpful. The food was outstanding, not one bad dish, but the scallop kebabs were to die for! The ambiance of the whole place is so warm and beautiful, we sat in the back where the wallpaper and whole decor is perfect for pictures and also ideal for being more intimate with your group! If I could give it 6 Stars I would!

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LE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took two out-of-town business colleagues, and it was a great spot for a semi-working lunch. Delicious and diverse food options (one of our party was vegetarian), not too noisy environment so we could carry a conversation, and great service to boot. I will definitely be going back there for future work lunches.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, shareable and delicious. Pretty reasonable for the location and fare

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New England
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! The atmosphere, very attentive wait staff, quick food delivery, delicious shrimp kebab, chicken shawarma, pita, zaatar fries and salads. The blackberry sorbet was also amazing. Loved this place.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service.

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New England
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was amazing and the interior of the restaurant is very cute. Would love to revisit.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around fabulous dinner!!!

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The za’atar fries were AMAZING!!

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t
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Solid spot for lunch with an excellent and authentic menu, quick and attentive service, and a nice setting. Plus, the food is absolutely delicious.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was good, not great. I don’t eat meat but my fellow diners ordered a Hawaij chicken skewer, lamb and chicken shawarma. They said it was good, no more and no less. Hummus was good, tahini was sitting in a puddle of oil so it was too runny for my taste. Eggplant was ok, was missing spices but still ok. We got a Taramasalata by mistake (we weren’t charged for it), it was good. Falafel was good but a little bland. Fried Halloumi was very good and nicely spiced. Zucchini flatbread was different. Not sure if we liked it or not. That sounds wired but that was the consensus. I returned the vegetable paella it had an off putting medicinal taste. I think this was the first time in my life I returned a dish. I knew I couldn’t eat it and other people who tasted it at the table didn’t want it.
The servers were extremely nice but the service spotty and slow. A drink was forgotten (they compt it later), additional dips and pita we ordered were slow to come.
I was surprised that there was one shakshuka dish on the dinner menu (and it wasn’t even called shakshuka. The server said that the marges stuffed peppers was the shakshuka of the night). Surprised because the restaurant is called Shuka!

It is a little pricey relatively for what you get. One chicken skewer $17, five falafel balls $8, dips around $10.

So good but we weren’t blown away, that’s about it. Some of us at the table were Israelis so we know the food and may have certain expectations.

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MC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good place for a branch. Nice to sit out in the garden , it’s pleasant. Good tasty Mediterranean food.

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M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was very average. It seems like a place which should have amazing food but was mediocre at best. I'll go to another other Middle Eastern restaurant next time instead. The worst part was that the restaurant was very hot. On a very hot day, they didn't take care to make it cool inside. Most of the customers, including us, were sweating, and a lot of them even asked to get their table changed. We asked for more water, but no one refilled our pitcher. Before seating, we were waiting at the bar to get a drink, but the bartenders didn't even make eye contact or take our order.

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BB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The staff is attentive but the food is heavy. It is more Middle Easter than Mediterranean and I have had better.

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LP
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious
Nice decor
Need to better pace timing of servings
Overall delicious and authentic , cozy decor , lovely

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s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the food is based on eastern Mediterranean food (Arabic food) with a very modern and creative twist. I've been there 4 times already and I think it's becoming one of my favorites.
the ambiance is modern- cosy
highly recommended.

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TS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous. Loved the cocktails. I had the Tunis. Everything was delicious and the presentation was beautiful. The server was friendly and especially helpful. Lovely experience.

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OT
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great environment, great staff. Loved it!

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YH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great and the place was hopping! Shared all the food with my friend who was visiting from out of town. Delicious eats in a trendy atmosphere.

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a
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My friends and I are a group of young 20-somethings. Normally, we are not treated in any particularly special way at restaurants; sometimes, it even feels like the wait staff sees us, assumes a measly tip, and thus attempts to rush us out of the restaurant. This did not happen at Shuka.

Running late from typical weekend subway complications, my friends and I arrived to Shuka 15 minutes late for our reservation. "No problem whatsoever," the smiling maitre d' replies, "Please, follow me. We're so glad you came."

Once seated, our waitress was attentive but not nosy and our food arrived at the speed of light. The wine was crisp and meshed with the food so perfectly, I wondered why I haven't paired a dry rosé with Middle Eastern food before. Everything was filling but not stuffing, and the vegetarians at the table (myself included) found the food to be perfectly cooked and flavorful; at other restaurants where meat is on the menu, vegetarian entrées are often overlooked. My friends and I were so pleasantly content that we even did the unthinkable--we ordered two desserts to split between the four of us. The sesame sundae was endearingly different and I wish that I had the forethought to order another slice of olive oil cake and put it in a doggy bag for a delicious breakfast treat later.

To dine at Shuka is a warm and wonderful experience--something rare in our high gastronomy-crazed culture. You won't regret it.

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