Le Turtle

4.4
115 reviews
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$50 and over
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French

Le Turtle brings modern French flair to your plate and delights all your senses with its bright and beautiful space. Appetizer options are loaded with charcuterie board fare, such as cured meats, cheeses and fresh baked breads with artisanal butters. Popular entrée items include the Maine lobster topped with bottarga butter and nasturtium, the umami-laden mushroom plate with celeriac puree, and the whole sasso chicken with brussels sprouts. It wouldn't be a night out at a French restaurant without trying the desserts. Do not miss the hazelnut financier cake with chocolate feuilltane & frozen lemon yogurt and the decadent chocolate sorbet.



Make sure you drink in the atmosphere, and add to your continental experience, with a glass of wine to accompany your meal.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Monday : 6pm-10pm
Tuesday - Saturday : 6pm-11pm
Sunday : Closed
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Phone number
(646) 918-7189
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Victor Amarilla
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Neighborhood
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J Bowery 157 m
F 2 Ave. 327 m
B D Grand St. 340 m
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

Le Turtle is a Lower East Side restaurant that we almost thought was a joke. Turns out the joke’s on us.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
What 115 People Are Saying
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4.2
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4.4
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3.8
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice 3 dishes experience (artichoke with applesauce, then grill squid) with marvelous white wine. Although I was alone bartender and host were very friendly with me. Very nice dinner

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G
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was superb, wine list mediocre at best. A French restaurant needs more burgundy! . We had the poulet and risotto.. fantastic.

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting meal. It's a good restaurant, all dishes were cooked very well, but something was missing. Maybe it felt too inventive and lacked a little soul. But overall I would recommend it.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great fun ambience.
However: Vegetarian/ vegan options are not substantial - no protein, all carbs.
Dessert options too narrow, not good.

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

Everything was great, food was excellent. As we wait a bit for our starters and entrees, they offered us another glass of wine.
The only thing we found really below the rest was... wine. We tried 3 reds, all available by glass (19 to 23$/glass) and all disappointing. All were French, (we are too), all were too young.
The food was so good and each dish so perfectly balanced that I would recommend to suggest a wine pairing.

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W
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

You could die trying to get a piece of bread!

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! The chicken is absolutely lights out, and the three dishes we shared beforehand were fabulous.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately, the experience was very disappointing. The door would not close all the way, making it rather cold. The food was surprisingly flavorless.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely food and drink.

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

Steak is phenomenal great experience, I will go there every chance I get

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty interesting food. Why, though, do they need to set the chicken on fire, bring it to the table, show it off and then take it back to the kitchen to cut it up...?

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J
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very happy with this restaurant. Only downside was they forgot our mains but comped us a round of drinks. Other than that the food was delicious - definitely try the chicken (probably the most expensive chicken dish I've had but definitely worth it). Food plus 2 glasses of wine came to about $90 (incl tip and tax).

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l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

I don't understand the restaurant...all I can imagine is that is a tourist trap and return business is not a priority. It is def not French...more of a Spanish vibe to the food/drinks. We had 2 drinks and 4 very small plates...dropped $200+ and we were starving - got pizza on the way home. Our first order was a cheese dish that was just peculiar...a weird cheesy beet soupy thing. They offered nothing like focaccia or toast points, which it screamed for...no idea how to eat this. A spoon? Next we had a pasta of some kind that was pretty reminiscent of mac and cheese - I don't even recall the other two completely forgettable dishes. The deco was cool and a lot of effort went into the vibe which was also cool but the staff was pushy in every way...pushing drinks and pushing you to order the priciest dishes of chicken or beef. The drinks were tasty but stingy. In fact, the whole experience felt very stingy...giving you the least food/drink for the most profit. We left feeling hungry and totally fleeced. It would have been so easy to lift the offerings with extras that really would not have cost much more for Le T - too bad. Really poor form all the way around.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was too conceptual and all of it lacked flavor and salt.

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

We had the Sasso chicken which lived up to its reputation although the accompaniments-4 small fingerling potatoes, a spoonful of chicken liver mousse & some dressed greens were meager.
Our server reccomended the cauliflower as a starter. Four florets again with a handful of dressed greens, were good but over priced for the portion size. The hazelnut financier could have used some ice cream for a change in texture & temperature. Overall, we enjoyed the meal.

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

Food was good. The crab pasta was excellent. Waitress recommended more food than was necessary. Ambience a bit more local restaurant than I was expecting considering website recommended business casual attire. More shorts and T shirts.

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DD
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended to us and we didn’t do the research that we would normally do. There are 8 appetizer dishes to share and 2 main course selections, also to share. There were 3 of us and we chose 3 appetizers and one chicken main. We chose beef carpaccio (good but too many competing flavors for my taste), eggplant (okay) and the octopus (excellent) The chicken was very tasty at $69. The beef entree was priced at $95 or $135 for the larger portion and the people next to us said it was very good. I thought the food was good but there wasn’t enough choice, and I thought it was pricey. We all agreed that it was good but all agreed we won’t return and would not recommend without explaining the limited choices and the pricing.

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SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best chicken dinners I have ever eaten!

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

We loved everything we ordered, octopus, crab pasta, cauliflower with honey labne and red lettuce with mushrooms. The wines are pricey. On a Friday night at 8pm, there were only 6 diners besides us, we couldn't figure out why? Food was delicious and service attentive.

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SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Atmosphere and service are very welcoming and comfortable. I keep coming back for the chicken as its the best chicken I have ever eaten in a restaurant. Between the presentation and the aroma of the smoke when it is presented, its a total experience I highly recommend.

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M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here another time before leaving NY and go back to France. Le Turtle is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in town. Thanks for the experience and the service. Every dish is perfectly cooked and I can't wait my next travel to come to taste the Cote de boeuf ! Merci beaucoup.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful moment here with my girlfriend. Food is really good and full of savor. Thanks, already coming back.

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service and innovative food

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K
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The presentation for the Sasso Chicken was excellentm

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Had high expectations based on the menu and reviews, but was disappointed in the food and service, in relation to the price. In this range there are many better alternatives.
Flavour and products were a bit of a mismatch. What was presented as little gem was in fact lollo rosso (different taste effect) and when we politely inquired, the chef still insisted it was little gem. The alternative, fresh cheese with beets, was rather bland and disappointing. Still, the beef carpaccio was tasteful, as well as the pasta with crab.

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AK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

This must be the most underwhelming and bland food I've tried in a while. Do yourself a favor and cook some French meals yourself - your taste buds will thank you and you'll save money. Or better yet, go to any other French restaurant in the city (except for Benoit). No wonder we were literally the only two people dining there.

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

Amazing food

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VU
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were amazing.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Waitress was excellent. Seats in the front were very uncomfortable and the chicken was way overpriced.

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FP
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

The night began with our waiting more than 20 minutes for our $20 drinks. One in our party waited longer. Another asked for a twist in her Martini and waited even longer. We were constantly being uphold by our waiter who asked 3 times if we wanted to order another appetizer. The chicken dish will unique was overpriced $69 -( I mean really?) and the breast was dry as a bone. I don't know what the hype is about this restaurant. It was so overpriced especially for what they served that I will never recommend it. I never do negative reviews and this is actually my first.

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JG
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I found this place to be great because the waiter was very informative of the food

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n
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Le Turtle a few times. Always an excellent choice. The food is fresh and inventive, sometimes surprising, and always delicious. The service is relaxed and knowledgeable. Nice bright room as well if you sit in the window. Highly recommended!

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CE
New England
24 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Beef and uni carpaccio and sasso chicken are the stars.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was exquisite, the menu listings don’t do it justice. The environment was way different than I expected after just reading reviews but that’s not to say it’s bad, just loud. Food was absolutely incredible though. We got two salads that were really artwork, the carbonara was actually just okay, and the rice pudding was phenomenal.

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l
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Okay so I wasn’t so sure about the hype on roasted Sasso chicken, but seriously, I now understand why they are serving so many. Loved the presentation and the taste. Service also was excellent, attentive but not overly.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Definitely makes my list of favorite and go-to restaurants in NY.

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Meager portions. Nothing was memorably tasty. And extremely overpriced given these two factors. Do not recommend.

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AG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Only small plates for vegetarians. Atmosphere is meant for more ~upscale folks, not necessary a nice spot for younger millennials, even though the website may suggest it is. Servers were kind until we decided not to order the $145 duck and $70 bottle of wine, then our service decreased tremendously. The food was mediocre.

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SB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place for a special birthday, a fancy date, or to treat yourself with a friend. Everything is perfect.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food was confused. The flavours were unbalanced and poorly matched. The explanations of the dishes were not accurate, which led to us ordering items we would not have eaten either alone, or together, had we had different information.
I have never written a review on yelp before but after this dining experience that might change. Not impressed 🤔

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