Sahara's Turkish Cuisine

4.8
22 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.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff is vaccinated
What 22 people are saying
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vipBELLE
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!

WT
vipWorldTraveler
New York Area
31 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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on November 10, 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

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PIERREV
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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Irada
New York Area
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 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 😌.

OT
OpenTable Diner
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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 ✌🏼

OT
OpenTable Diner
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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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.

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vipBobb
New York Area
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!

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BarbaraS
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.

GM
vipGatorMD
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2011
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing Lamb shank and lamb chops.

BG
vipBarbieGirl
New York Area
92 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2011
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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

GM
vipGatorMD
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2011
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

J
vipJohnawc
Jacksonville
125 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.

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GTG16
New York Area
19 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.

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vipTravelingwoman
New York Area
44 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.

GK
GailK
New York Area
6 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.

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 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 4.8 stars by 22 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.