Turkuaz Restaurant

4.5
61 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Turkish
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Pre/post Theatre
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!

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50% off of Wines by the Glass weekdays 2-4pm

Pay only half a price of the wines by the glass weekdays between 2-4pm

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 8 April 2019

Ends: 9 April 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 14:00-16:00

What 61 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food was OK, service nice, but rushed. server cleared plates while some guests were still eating. felt like being rushed.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and attentive service.

JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining at Turkuaz. My chicken kabob was the most tender chicken I have ever eaten and the flavor was lovely. The recommended Turkish white wine was also a hit; light and fruity taste perfect for the hot humid weather. The decorations and ambience of the restaurant are lovely and inviting.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, Ambiance & Service was Amazing.. 🤤

B
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service. Shepherd's salad, hummus and zucchini pancakes were delicious. Chicken Adana kebabs are a must try. Throughly enjoyed meal. Try the Turkish wine (Kayut) it was a pleasant surprise recommended by the waiter. Will go back.

GG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A return visit to a good Turkish restaurant in a newish mid-town location. Good food, excellent service, pleasant atmosphere.I had the Lamb Sis, and my wife a vegetable casserole with lamb. Both quite good. We enjoyed a Turkish red wine that was full-bodied. (Cavalkidere (sp?))

A good spot to find before a Broadway curtain...

a
New England
16 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service is extraordinary---knowledgeable and attentive.
We were there for a special occasion. Highly recommend.

KM
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent. Highly recommend!

EM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and nice menu selections.

LO
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Run to this restaurant. Everything about it is incredible. Denise is the best!

OT
Central Coast
19 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Our latest favorite Turkish restaurant in NYC: great food, lovely owner, terrific value. Highly recommended.

M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

I chose this restaurant because it was close to the theatre, hoping it would be okay. It was much more than okay — great service, terrific food, and a quiet serene atmosphere. Highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Location worked well for us since we had a theater show nearby. Warm welcome, romantic lighting and decor was very inviting. They also have a small backyard where we sat. Good wine selection and decent prices. Salad and cold appetizers were fresh and delicious. Loved the stuffed grape leaves and eggplant salad. Menu is pretty big, we ordered chicken shish and shrimp casserole, both were perfectly cooked. Our server was very knowledgeable and he made sure that our food came right on time for us to catch our show. Great spot.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Wonderful evening! Gorgeous and delicious food and exceptional service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We are long time customers from back when they were in the UWS. So happy to have found them back again. Their new location is very pretty. Has a backyard and private rooms. I still miss the old place because we lived right around the corner but will come here again. Especially when going to the LC.

BG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

My family and I arrived on time and were seated promptly. The restaurant was mostly empty, but you'd think it was packed with the way our server almost never checked on us. For drinks we ordered ice water and soda, but the water came without ice so we had to ask for it again. Then we had to ask again for sodas because those didn't arrive. Then our meals came out without the appetizers we ordered (we ate dry bread and poured some olive oil for ourselves because no one did it for us.) We were halfway done with our entrees before our server asked if we liked our food, so we asked him to cancel the apps because we were already full and there was no point. He apologized profusely and said we could have them on the house, but we declined. The manager came over and apologized and repeated the same thing, and they brought over the apps that we had declined. We asked for the check soon after. To be honest, considering the quality of our service and the subpar meal, we thought it was kind of pricey. We went to a different middle eastern restaurant the next day for dinner -- Ravagh -- and even though it cost more, we thought it was worth every penny. We don't mind paying for a nice dinner....we just expect the service, ambiance and food quality to match the price tag. With the plethora of mid-east food options in nyc, we won't be returning to Turkuaz in the future. We truly felt like our presence was a burden.

WC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Outstanding!

t
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We had an excellent experience dining here. I had never tried Turkish food before, so I was not totally sure what to expect. We got the cold appetizer platter which was absolutely amazing. I could have simply eaten the hummus and baba ganoush as my meal. The grilled chicken was juicy and perfectly seasoned and the lamb with baby okra was incredible. For dessert, we ordered peach and chocolate icecream with Turkish coffee which was a great way to end the meal. The only thing I was not totally in love with was the Turkish dumpling dish, but even that was pretty good. The wait staff was knowledgable and friendly. We left a jacket behind and they were very helpful in returning it to us. After spending a week in NYC, this was the meal that stood out to me the most.

JS
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We ate pre theatre out on the delightful back patio. We were offered a tasting of Turkish wines to help us choose. Our food was delicious, deeply flavorful and perfectly cooked (chicken chops and salmon wrapped in vine leaves). The staff was attentive and helpful. In a city of endless dining choices, we’ll return to Turkuaz.

RB
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 4

The food was truly wonderful but the service was just terrible. Smiling but oh so very very slow

OT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place to catch a meal before a 7pm show. We came for a birthday and the guys came and sang.

KT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Must get the branzino and appetizer platter. Great meal!

MD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Long story short, the restaurant couldn't decide who our waiter was. One of the waiters was kind and competent. The other waiter screwed up our order several times. Even then, the replacement salmon was undercooked. Then they dramatically overcharged us for lots of items we didn't order. It took a long time to get the bill sorted and the manager/owner did nothing to offer amends.

The desserts were good and the rest of the meal was fairly tasty. The location is great, but I wouldn't recommend anyone go until they get their service sorted out.

JS
Indiana
8 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

The food was incredible but our service was unacceptable. Our reservation could not be located when we arrived. Appetizers that we did not order were brought to our table not once but twice. Our server took our order, wrote it down, then returned to the table to ask for our order a second time. He had to be reminded to bring our wine. It appeared that the other servers were much better fit to the job than ours.

AP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Westside gem. Excellent food and attentive service.

MS
1 review
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best Turkish food. Service and ambiance was awesome. Specially sitting outside in the back was Amazing.

MB
Miami
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

The food was tasty. The service was a bit off. One server forgot that potatoes were included and then added a rice on the side along with french fries, when the dish called for roasted potatoes. Overall, a nice restaurant.

DS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food, service and ambience was great. We will return!

AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 May 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Yummy food, nice portions, but...where was the sprinkle of sumac on the salad or elsewhere?. I thought it was missing a certain taste, maybe too American-ized & withholding the spices left me feeling it could've been better 😋

IM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was great. I only wish they had Turkish wine in stock.

FN
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I was familiar with Turkuaz when they were on the Upper West Side. They have now moved to 53rd Street and this was my first time at the new location. The food was fresh and reasonably priced, excellent for sharing. However, they did not have the zucchini pancakes (a disappointment) and they no longer have the fantastic shepherd's bread with the sesame seeds which set them apart from other middle eastern/turkish restaurants. Instead they served plain pita, which paled in comparison. Bring back the delicious bread and I'll be back.

LO
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved this restaurant so much we are there for the first time on Saturday night and then returned again on Tuesday, 3 days later. Denise, the owner is a delight and takes great pride in the food and restaurant. I cannot recommend this restaurant enough. GO!

CT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Service was excellent. They even gave us a thank-you dessert. Would return.

RC
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on 19 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New restaurant- really great. Exciting menu. Food fantastic. Staff very courteous and appropriate. Excellent for pre-show dinner. We had large group and they made it special.

OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great new location. Food was fabulous and the wine list nicely complemented the Turkish food. The decor makes for wonderful evening. Service was spot on and very willing to help us understand our choices and even make recommendations.

GT
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

What a delightful dining experience! Welcomed warmly at the door, we found the service to be attentive throughout the night. We had stuffed grape leaves that were flavorful with a hint of spice — really good! Spinach pastries were crisp and delicious. Turkuaz Sis, a kebab with cubes of marinated lamb, and the Vegetable Casserole with lamb were our entrees; and they were every bit as good as the appetizers. We had Baklava that was not overly sweet with aromatic fresh Turkish tea. A nice wine selection too. Everything was reasonably priced. A treasure.

D
New York Area
154 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was really perfect--a neighborhood gem. Fantastic and interesting selections, especially the hot and cold appetizers. Main courses--don't miss the dumplings!--were so savory. The wit staff could not have been better, the owner/manager was a terrific host. I will go back next week.

S
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on 16 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We enjoyed the 7 appetizer platter very much - enough for a meal! Although the restaurant lists a prix fixe menu on the website we were told there is none. We had 2 lamb dishes - one with okra and the other was called Sultan’s Delight. The Baklava was excellent and we finished with Turkish coffee, though the medium sweet was hardly sweet at all, next time I’d order the sweet version.

s
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cozy quiet restaurant with delicious food. Ambience was lovely! Service was phenomenal. Extra attention when waiter found out it was my husband's birthday, he came out with b'day dessert even though we hadn't ordered any. He went beyond his duty of service. He showed compassion and interest! Would highly recommend this Turkish gem of a restaurant. Outstanding!!!

EC
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food brought happy memories of our trip to Turkey. Nice ambience and attentive service made for a lovely lunch.

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