Turkuaz Restaurant

4.6
175 Reviews
$31 to $50
Turkish
Turkuaz takes its name from the turquoise colored sea in Turkey and Mediterranean and brings both a culinary experience and an ethnic one to NYC. We started twenty years ago, in the Upper West Side and moved to Midtown West in 2019. Our food is healthy and flavorful, with a lot of Turkish and Eastern Mediterranean delicacies, our service is friendly and professional and our atmosphere is romantic and transporting. Our location is ideal for theater crowd and tourists. Whether you are on your own and are looking for a quick bite, or you want to spend time with your sweetheart or friends, you will have a great time at Turkuaz. If you are one of our previous patrons, please come and check us out at our new locations. If we have never met, try us out, we have been in this business long and strong and have built a good brand. Enjoy!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 175 people are saying
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Wineaux
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I have high standards and have eaten at some of the greatest restaurants in the World, so the fact that I do not give a restaurant five stars doesn't mean I was disappointed. This restaurant far exceeded expectations and I will return. The Babaganoush was excellent, perhaps the best I have ever had. The grilled meat, a simple presentation, could not have been better. My wife's appetizer, a cross between Spanakopita and Crispy Spring Rolls, gets 6 stars out of 5. We were going to the theater and wanted a meal without a lot of brain damage so we could relax before the show and Turkauz definitely delivered.

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vipAngelina
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Surprisingly excellent food! Fresh ingredients. The Baklava was just perfect!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Very attentive and polite wait staffs. Decor is simple but beautiful. The place was full but it was quite, friendly & cozy that one just like to stay and dine. Good & dessert were scrumptious. Will definitely go back again and will recommend this restaurant to friends & families.

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LisaC
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has it all! Amazing food , service and ambience.

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DebbiB97
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

We had reservations then we arrived they put us in the basement. Low ceilings and well I felt like we were bad and that is where they put us, fake candle on table was nice. Upstairs was much brighter and lots of people having fun. Food was ok. We have been to Turkey and was expecting lots of spices and sauces. Had cheese rolls for appetizers, needed some kind of sauce. Our meal was very bland with just plain white rice, for the price it was very boring and blah.

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CraigK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a real gem of a restaurant. Very good food, polite staff, nice setting.

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Lothar
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wedding anniversary dinner and they made us feel welcome and cared for. Food and service excellent. Highly recommended.

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josephina
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went on a weekday. Was well received. Service was excellent and prompt. Their "glass of wine" servings are very generous, lol. Food was almost perfect. If I hadn't been to Turkey I would give it a perfect score. My only gripe was that tables are not socially distanced.

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OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Great atmosphere. Very cozy, and intimate. Everything is clean, and inviting. Food is very good, to excellent. Portions are of a good size. People complain about the service… it wasn’t bad… just that the staff does not come to check on you very often, and rather than everyone helping out as they walk by your table… you’re forced to wait until you see your waiter to get attended to. They are very friendly, and personable however. I would definitely recommend this place, and will be coming back.

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JR45
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great, service friendly and efficient. Wine list is limited and lacks Turkish wines, the server said they can no longer get from distributor along with bottled Efes beer.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience4

Their menu feels a bit deceptive

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Foodie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The ambience and food here are excellent.

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LeeA
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner - first time there - we will be back. Arrived early, was promptly seated, and had very attentive service, with great, authentic food.

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BradO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was an excellent restaurant and really a pretty good value for the quality and amount of food. We did the Sultan's plate which is a giant platter for 2 with an assortment of meats, salad, fries and sauces. We finished with an excellent rice pudding and a Turkish coffee. Excellent experience - waiter was not super fluent in English which occasionally was a challenge but we worked through it and I would recommend this place to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a birthday dinner there and the staff went above and beyond to accommodate our request for the seating and offer a dessert on house. The dish recommended, sultan’s plate is delicious, fresh and filling. We enjoyed fully the ambient and deco. Also the Malbec on the wine list is great value. We had a wonderful time. Besides, very comforting that they checked the vaccine card and ID diligently. Overall we had a wonderful time and will go back soon.

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vipMartiM
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfectly tender meat dishes presented with drama (fire) alongside an array of delicious vegetables, rice, hummus etc. It’s a women owned restaurant, no tipping. So close to theaters but far from the noise and frenzy.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
7 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, nice decor, polite service and delicious kebabs.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Really really poor service. Waitress was to busy to even answer a menu question and we couldn’t catch her even for a glass of water or to order a second glass of wine. 3 of 4 dinners were mediocre however the lamp chops were excellent.

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Nomee
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were very accommodating and very good and the food was excellent.

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vipAndreaB
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was excellent. The service was wonderful as was the food. Very nice ambience.

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vipkdub
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding. The service was wonderful. Beautiful decor in a lovely restaurant. We will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal

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Theatrejrc
Cleveland
12 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Turkuaz never disappoints! We had dined here a few years ago (pre-pandemic) and were delighted to know that the restaurant was still open. The food is as delicious as what we had when we visited Turkey and the service is warm and gracious. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful backyard. Enjoyed a healthy dinner with a great salad, salmon and wine. Pretty place

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vipTWS11201
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We were looking for a pretty theater meal and I love good Turkish food unfortunately the food was really not very good at all. The service and was fine but the food is not worth the price.

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AKeskin
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The waiters were super nice and polite. I did not like the food at all.

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RobF
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good place

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NazS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great. Our waitress was very attentive. We were not a big fan of the appetizers but the entree was superb. I got the lamp chops and I was not disappointed. The deserts were also just as good. My fav was the “rice pudding” style desert. Would def recommend you are looking to go on a casual date and also looking for halal option.

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vipEllen
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Serene back porch and lovely staff. Very pleasant evening before theatre.

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OpenTable Diner
London
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend, professional staff and good quality food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was terrific! Ordered the big platter with mixed grill and it came with a fire bowl in the middle. Mice presentation and very delicious meat. Baklava was the candle holder, and couldn’t have enough of it…

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ClaudioG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food, waiter for confused with the order. He solved it, but we were unable to eat all at the same time

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VivianO
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was terrible. Took over a half hour to get appetizers. We were not even offered drinks. We had to ask. Asked for unsweetened ice tea. Was given super sweet powdered ice tea. Wrong entree brought for one of the diners.

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EugeneJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

How does a restaurant run out of Baba Ghanush??

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vipSusanA
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious meal and fabulous service at this lovely Turkish restaurant. Superb quality fresh ingredients. It was our second time there while visiting NYC this summer and we will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely date night with delicious food and service.

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vipSusanB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Very disappointing. The service was atrocious. We waited 20 minutes watching waiters and the owner walk back and forth past our table as if we were invisible. We finally got up and asked the owner if we could order food and drinks. She looked surprised as if “why would you want that?” But then took our orders. The ship had no captain. The food was good but the mezze platter (a small dinner plate with 5 small spoonfuls of hummus, tzatsiki etc) at $45 was a complete ripoff. The bathroom was FILTHY and had no toilet paper. I was so excited to eat here but I will likely never again due to the poor service and filthy state. They won’t survive a NYC Health Dept inspection. 🤮

Turkuaz Restaurant
Responded on August 18, 2021

For your reservation of 6 at 6:30, 4 arrived at 6:33 , menus were on the table and water was served immediately. 6:42 the last 2 arrived and got water. 6:48 I came to your table. (I got surprised not for your intent to order, I was humanly reacting to the tone of voice where I sensed anger and I couldn't place it). Your drinks and food were serviced promptly and warmly, and at 8:08 your party left. NYC Health Dept granted us an A. Sad to hear that we couldn't satisfy your expectations.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very wonderful atmosphere, food is a bit pricey for quality but all in all definitely worth a visit.

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You can order delivery directly from Turkuaz Restaurant using the Order Online button. Turkuaz Restaurant also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Turkuaz Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 265-5500.

Turkuaz Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 175 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.