Sumela Mediterranean Cafe & Grill

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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
We offer food prepared with fresh ingredients and keeping the original Turkish flavors. Mediterranean dishes such as Musakka, Iskender Kebab and Falafel will delight your taste sense and make this food an enjoyable experience. We are bring new taste to upper east side , New York. We also serve Halal food. We have belly dancer show every Thursday between 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm

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Mon - Thu 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 2:00PM 6:00PM - 8:00PM

What 23 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and accommodating, food was outstanding

g
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The food was average but lacking. The chicken kababs had no accompanying sauce and the salad had no dressing. The service was apathetic. It is definitely overpriced for what it delivers

s
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time going to this restaurant. Very happy with the customer service and quality of food. Especially enjoyed the vegetarian dishes and glad they could also understand and cater for gluten free. I will definitely be back.

I
New York Area
299 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were there for the first time on a Saturday evening and were lucky to be able to sit in their back garden. There is nothing like eating outdoors without having traffic and the pollution it causes all around you. It was warm and I ordered a Greek salad with chicken. It was good but I would have preferred a larger portion and, perhaps, a stuffed grape leave added to it. I think what we enjoyed most was the pleasing atmosphere and, for that alone, we would return and try another dish.

JE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were wonderful!

JU
9 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Connecting with dear friend.

MM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Needed a quick dinner on the UES and decided to try Sumela.
Glad we did.
They have a nice selection of Turkish/Middle Eastern dishes and reasonably priced wines, including some from Turkey. I tried one of the reds by the glass and enjoyed ie.
My wife had the mixed appetizer as a dinner. It was delicious and more than enough to eat.
I enjoyed my chicken shish.
Would definitely eat there again.

EA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to lunch there with a friend. The place is very clean and quiet. The waiter was very attentive and recommended a great wine to go with our meal. We enjoyed the lamb chops with rice.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I have been to Sumela several times and have never been disappointed. The food is always fresh and delicious. I tried Turkish wine for the first time here, it was very tasty.

g
New York Area
376 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The hostess couldn't find our reservation and told us to just take a table. Knowing that would trigger a no-show, I had her keep looking and she found it on a different system on an iPad in the corner. She had also kept a $20 bill for a $10 glass of wine so I had to chase my friend's change. Fortunately our waitress and the kitchen were terrific and the food was very good. We shared mixed appetizers which was a great way to try everything and not get too full to enjoy our entrees. The yogurt and cucumber went the fastest. The falafel was the best I've had in the neighborhood. Ordering was a little tough for the gluten-free person in our group, but the kitchen sent out a platter of carrot and cucumber so she could try the dips which was really accommodating.

DK
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great quality food. Especially enjoyed the lamb shank, chicken kabob, Bronzino, and salmon dishes.

SH
New York Area
353 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Disappointed. We were here when they first opened and were underwhelmed then, but thought we would give them another try. The menu on open table looked like they had upgraded the selections but when we got there it was the same old menu. The service was lackluster and it felt like they were doing us a giant favor giving us bread to use for the dips! The appetizers were good. Suggest a glass of wine and the apps and avoid the mains.
No third try for us.

OT
New York Area
220 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had brunch at Sumela Mediterranean Cafe Grill and enjoyed the food very much. The service was very good,

SC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food in a casual restaurant with lovely service.
Great addition to the neighborhood!
Will definitely be going back!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Good but not great.

DG
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was very authentic, and delicious! We were there at lunch, so it was quiet. The waiter was very helpful.

DS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very friendly service. Food was good. Presentation was nice.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My reservation was for 12 o’clock. I got there a little early and a woman was standing there drinking coffee and said I can let you in. This was during the Arctic frost. As I sat and waited for my guest I noticed that the floor was filthy and food had been delivered and left standing in the restaurant cases of vegetables etc. We asked for Turkish tea and that was going to take an hour half an hour we asked for Turkish coffee and that was available food. was mediocre
If you say that you open at 12 then people should be there before and get the restaurant ready. The lights were off it was cold and dirty.

d
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service were excellent. Definitely a nice neighborhood restaurant.

C
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fresh ingredients and ample portions well presented and seasoned are featured at Sumela. Healthy dining options with grilled fish and meat entrees and vegetable sides. Delicious!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I really enjoyed our dinner at Sumela. The Lamb Adana Kabab was delicious. Quite ambiance, perfect for a great meal and conversation. We’ll be back.

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Food was good, nothing special. Portions could've been a little bigger and service was OK - our food took a while to come out

OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sumela has great and authentic Mediterranean food with excellent service!