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Sahara's Turkish Cuisine, New York, NY

Sahara's Turkish Cuisine

4.7
4.7
38 Reviews
$31 to $50
Turkish
Sahara’s serves traditional Turkish Cuisine with the touch of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ethnic ingredients and styles. We deliciously cook everything from scratch and offer it with complimentary homemade bread and Aegean olives. Our menu provides plentiful food, wine, and beer that speak for our guests’ particular tastes. Our staff is part of our family that shares the same energy with our guests. Our newly decorated place with the touch of multi-ethnic details of Turkey makes our guests and their friends feel comfortable and unique. The restaurant’s characteristic ambiance is designed to give a sense of artsy home that shares the cultural aspects of our heritage, and it offers a beautiful decor for our guests and their photographs.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 532-7589

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Middle Eastern

  • Neighborhood

    Kips Bay

  • Cross street

    28th & 29th

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 38 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Turkish

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  1. OS

    OSNY

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always amazing with food, service and ambiance, best turkish restaurant in manhattan
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food. Whole not a children's restaurant they accommodated two young children very nicely.
  3. OS

    OSNY

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good Turkish restaurant. The best that i’ve seen so far here in New York. The appetizers are perfect, the same taste that you can find only in Turkey. Congratulations to the whole team for their good job. « Cig kofte » and « «maras dondurma » are exceptional.
  4. i

    irene

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    I was there with 4 friends. All the dishes we ordered were delicious. Loved the large mixed cold appetizers which we shared. I had the chicken over eggplant puree. We enjoyed several bottles of the Turkish red wine Yukut (?). Good service. All reasonably priced.
  5. M

    Mimidancer

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful-we were happy to bring our guests last night. Service was friendly and accommodating, tables nicely spaced, ambiance pleasant and noise level low. Food was served hot and delicious-generous portions. Great evening
  6. MS

    MarySunshine

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We haven't dined here since before Covid-19 shut down our world. We liked it before that, and decided to have a nice Mother's Day dinner. Sahara's has redecorated the interior of the restaurant since our last visit, and it is very attractive and comfortable. We ate early, but by 8pm the restaurant was half full and the sound level was still pleasant. The food was fabulous and the servers were friendly and attentive without being intruding. We will certainly eat here again soon!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was awesome. We had gone for a Mother's Day lunch. Our server took very good care of us. Fresh bread was constantly replenished. The Iskender kebab, lamb kofte and zucchini pancakes were impeccably prepared. The eggplant, tabouleh and shepherd's salads were fresh and delicious. The Turkish coffee and tea, rice pudding, and especially the knufeh were outstanding. Highly recommend Sahara's for their dine in and take out experience. Will definitely come back again.
  8. m

    minerva

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, great service, very comfy. One of our favorite spots in the neighborhood.
  9. H

    Hayfers

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was really good. The food is amazing. The food and price balance is the best.
  10. BP

    BryantP

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice size portions. Very good food. Friendly, attentive service. Comfortable ambiance. We 'll be back.
  11. MN

    MichaelN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, good atmosphere. Not too loud.
  12. JK

    JoanK

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Enjoyed our dinner at Sahara’s. The small appetizer platter was plentiful. Our main dishes were very tasty.
  13. PZ

    PrettyboyZiah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and service was exceptional. Highly recommend for dinner dates , family nights , and a quick eat with friends . This is some of the best Turkish food I’ve had and a hidden gem. Will return agian 💯
  14. M

    Manhattanite

    New York Area

    118 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We met here for lunch (due to its proximity to NYU schools & facilities on 1st Ave). We ordered the appetizers, salmon entree & gyros. The salmon was delicious. However, the meats of the open gyro dish with rice were dry. We asked for white sauce to moisten it & add flavor. We also ordered a dessert that had a gelatinous texture which we didn’t like. The Turkish coffee was good. Attentive staff. Lovely, relaxing Turkish atmosphere. Very clean. They confirmed our covid vaccination status.
  15. m

    mktk

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service very good but since there were very few diners it was wonderfully quiet. They do have music playing but it was at the right level and the appropriate type of music for a turkish restaurant.
  16. BE

    BELLE

    New York Area

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!!
  17. WT

    WorldTraveler

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem. Authentic food, served generously and graciously, with softly lilting Turkish music in the background. Very fair prices. Simple but lovely decor.
  18. d

    denniss

    New York Area

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So pleased this neighborhood restaurant has received their liquor license and finished their remodeling. All of these improvements have not affected the exceptional quality of their food. DMS
  19. PI

    PIERREV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food here was terrific and the service excellent. Tuesday was a great evening to come.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved our experience here. We came in for lunch after visiting some friends in Manhattan. We began with zucchini pancake, cigar rolls, and hummus. The zucchini pancakes were so soft and yummy. The cigar rolls were filled with cheese that was delicious. The hummus was also unique and served with olive oil and Turkish pita bread. For our meals, my friend ordered the lamb shish and I ordered the chicken shish kebab Which came with rice and grilled vegetables. Both meals were excellent, perfectly cooked. They also have wine selections, and the price is reasonable. We were amazed by the flavors, beautiful dishes, and excellent service. Also, Their decoration is so cute! Overall, such an amazing restaurant. We will be back for sure, without a doubt.
  21. I

    Irada

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ve been going to Sahara for many years whether it’s for dining in or takeout. Food is great, staff is so friendly and accommodating, it is clean, and the prices are reasonable, totally worth it. A great place for a big party too.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been a big fan of Sahara’s for a few years now. It was again another pleasant experience and the food is always absolutely delicious. Service was excellent and my business guest was very impressed and stated he will visit this restaurant with his family. It was a quite lunch experience for a business meeting. I plan to request catering here as well in the near future. Thank you so much.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great experience eating here. The food was fantastic. We had the lamb shank and it was delicious and authentic. This is definitely an Instagram worthy place with the decor. The staff was really kind. Our server Busra was hilarious and attentive. Definitely worth a visit!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Bad experience. Star -5
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a perfect night for us. I had mix grill which was delicious and my friend got a sea bass that looked mouth watering. Also we shared a eggplant salad, actually we shared everything because all of them were delicious😋. Also I loved the pillow ceiling 😍. The playlist was authentic and I really enjoyed it 😌.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I preferred Sahara’s Turkish Cuisine for the lunch with my colleagues . I had mediterrian salad and grilled salmon .The food was absolutely wonderful, from preparation to presentation, very pleasing. We especially enjoyed the nice and cozy atmosphere and wonderful staff. They are so helpful and kind. I warmly recommend this place. Try mix appetizer plates and mixed grill too and of course the tea afterwards.We will surely visit here next time.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I am glad that Sahara’s is back to open table. It was a lovely family gathering with delicious food (as always), and I must say the new atmosphere made us so happy- kilim decor on a ceiling was a nice touch ✌🏼
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the new atmosphere! it makes such a difference. staff was friendly as always, offered their fresh Turkish semavar tea after a delicious meal. my friends were really into the new decor. fun night!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With the new ambiance and decor Sahara’s offers stunning dine in experience. Especially the Turkish & Anatolian themed pillow decor on the ceiling is worth to see. The food was delicious and plenty. I highly recommend their mixed cold appetizer plate and lamb chops. Would definitely come back very soon.
  30. B

    Bobb

    New York Area

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2012

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We're soon visiting Turkey and, though we've eaten Turkish food, have never been guided through the cuisine. The food was as good as the extremely helpful service!
  31. BS

    BarbaraS

    Exclusive

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2011

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Right across from Kips Bay movie house, so it's a nice pre- or post-movie place.
  32. GM

    GatorMD

    Miami

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2011

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing Lamb shank and lamb chops.
  33. BG

    BarbieGirl

    New York Area

    96 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    96 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2011

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I have already written that I had a problem with the restaurant acknowledging my Open Table reservation.
  34. GM

    GatorMD

    Miami

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2011

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Very good Turkish food. Lamb is great! Salads are great as well.
  35. J

    Johnawc

    Jacksonville

    127 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    127 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2011

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I love Turkish food and i seek it out when traveling as it is rare in Florida. This is hands down the best Turkish meal that I have had in the US. In fact the food compared favorably to many of the Turkish restaurants in London and even Istanbul. Do not miss the sliced lamb or the lamb meatballs. They are VERY flavorful and well prepared. The lamb chops are not to be missed either. If you go hungry, the mixed grill is well worth while. I was there on a Thursday night and it was very quiet, but in talking with the owner, I found that weekend reservations are prudent. As far as service went, I could not have asked for better. Again, it was a slow night so the staff was not heavily taxed, but when I needed something, there they were.
  36. GT

    GTG16

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    This is a favorite place of mine for fresh food and good every time. It is a place where you can have a conversation and actually hear people talk with you.
  37. T

    Travelingwoman

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2011

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We keep coming back because you can sit as long as you like and it is not noisy. The food is super fresh and priced very reasonably.
  38. GK

    GailK

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2011

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    I love the food at Sahara's Turkish Cuisine. This is a great spot for the neighborhood. Service, while typically good, was a little spotty the last time I went (even though it wasn't very crowded). But overall, I highly recommend if you want good Turkish food. The lamb kebabs and the shwarma are wonderful.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Sahara's Turkish Cuisine using the Order Online button. Sahara's Turkish Cuisine also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Sahara's Turkish Cuisine also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 532-7589.

Sahara's Turkish Cuisine is rated 4.7 stars by 38 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Sahara's Turkish Cuisine

513 Second Avenue New York, NY 10016

Additional information

  • Cross street

    28th & 29th

  • Neighborhood

    Kips Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Turkish, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Middle Eastern

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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