Turkuaz Restaurant

4.5
43 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Turkish
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Cosy
  • Good for a Date
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!

Special Offers

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 43 People Are Saying
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JS
Los Angeles
39 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.

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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

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OT
Washington DC
21 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.

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

Must get the branzino and appetizer platter. Great meal!

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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.

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JS
Indiana
7 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.

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AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A Westside gem. Excellent food and attentive service.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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 😋

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

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

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FN
New York Area
41 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.

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LO
New York Area
39 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!

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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.

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RC
Chicago
16 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.

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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.

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GT
New York Area
23 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.

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F
New York Area
150 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.

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S
New York Area
51 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.

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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!!!

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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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a
New England
14 reviews
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding restaurant, terrific service, a new neighborhood gem.

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DP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Had a great dinner here with friends. We actually thought our reservation was at their other location, where there is a full bar; this site only offers wine and beer. Nevertheless, the food and service were amazing! Nicely paced, well prepared. The waiter boned our whole branzino fish at table, which was so nice. We will return.

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SW
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 2 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We selected Turkuaz from reviews of restaurants convenient to Studio 54 and were extremely pleased with our pre-theatre dinner. Based on excellent suggestions from our waiter, three of us shared an appetizer of delicious babaganoush, an order of incredible grilled octopus (a special of the day — perfectly prepared) and two orders of stuffed cabbage. We would highly recommend Turkuaz to others and look forward to a return visit.

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DM
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating my granddaughter's 8th birthday. They were extremely friendly when entering and we were seated at a table in the back of the restaurant. We had chicken kabobs and chicken sultan and they were both excellent. When we return to NYC, we will definitely go back.

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T
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on 28 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were superb! Definitely will go back.

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s
New York Area
474 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

since the last time we were here a couple of weeks ago, the service has somewhat improved and the place does not seem to have its act together as yet. and waiting for courses seems rather long. the food is very good as is the wine so we will come again albeit at a future time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

First time eating Turkish food. Very glad we went there. All food was delicious. Hummus, lamb, and chicken were so good. Would definitely return in the future.

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RV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Nice ambience and good service. We would go back DEFINITELY!

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AR
1 review
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyable experience - ambience, service, food.

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L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious soup and grilled chicken. Vegetable casserole not as good!
Excellent service & ambiance!

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UW
New York Area
215 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

So good to find Turquaz again since it left the UWS. It was so nice to have my “regular” salmon in grape leaves. The food was a bit dry, otherwise I would have awarded 5 stars. The ambiance was s very pleasant— quiet and attractive.

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S
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good Turkish restaurant in the theater district. It was crowded so people know about it. A varied menu with many choices. The meal was excellent. Do not order too much as the portions are quite large. Nice ambiance, but not too many indoor tables. In the summer, they have an outdoor patio which will ease the overflow. They do have a downstairs section which they needed to use on Saturday night. Make your reservations and try this nice addition to the area around Studio 54.

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SS
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Service was simply outstanding. Excellent. Cozy environment, nice lit candles and the food was extremely delicious. Better than what was expected...I will surely visit again.
Great Ambience!

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s
New York Area
474 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

we went for many years to the Upper West Side location and always enjoyed it and so we were very much looking forward to coming here in the theatre district. I understand they have only been open for 3 months so I am making some allowances but I must say that the service was very poor and they could not get the timing right even though we told them that we were going on to a show so it spoiled the experience a bit. the food was okay but I think the kitchen needs some work as well. and they only had one bottle of red to offer which was happily pretty good. we will come back but not for awhile.

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HJ
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 5 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

My friend and I had a lovely lunch at Turkuaz, where they have a very reasonable lunch special. I would highly recommend it!

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GB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We visited Turkuaz mid-day on a Sunday, prior to seeing a Broadway show. The atmosphere was inviting. Turkish music was played softly in the background and we felt transported to a different country. The food was delicious. The service could not have been better. We were given personalized attention. We will certainly return.

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AD
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great to come back to Turkuaz in our visit to NYC. Not anymore in a tent but close to Times Square, this place is quiet and the food is amazing. Very nice for a romantic dinner. Service was extraordinary also.

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AL
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food is consistently delicious and service is amazing. Highly recommended.

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