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319 Hackensack Street, Carlstadt, NJ
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12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Place for a Group

Eight friends went to Hunker last night for dinner. This was not the first time that individual members of the group had been to this restaurant so we were fully aware of the high quality of the food. We were not disappointed at all. We started with Shepherd's Salad and moved onto hummus... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
Maywood, New Jersey
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Maywood, New Jersey
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103 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Eight friends went to Hunker last night for dinner. This was not the first time that individual members of the group had been to this restaurant so we were fully aware of the high quality of the food. We were not disappointed at all. We started with Shepherd's Salad and moved onto hummus, stuffed zucchini, and fried Calamari. All were... More 

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west caldwell
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were very disappointed with the food was just fair but the service was very slow and inattentive. There were several large parties so other tables were being ignored

Thank jack r
New York City, New York
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65 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Our dinner experience is very good. The place is low key and friendly. There are street parking even on Friday evening, which is a real treat for those of us traveling from Manhattan and Westchester. All appetizers are great and we like Calf Liver a lot, and the Zucchini Pancake is a must try. We order a bunch of appetizers... More 

Thank Henry C
Troy, New York
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175 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Very impressed. Wow. Excellent food, excellent value. An extensive menu. The service was good, polite, attentive but not overbearing. I ordered Lentil Soup and a chicken, yogurt dish - excellent. I can't wait to go back and explore other items on the menu and I'm looking forward to introducing a few friends to Hunkar. I really like seeing so many... More 

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Juiz de Fora, MG
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

The proof that the food is authentically Turkish is the fact that Turkish families from all over the area eat here. The soups are marvelous, as are the cold appetizers. My main course was the stuffed cabbage, which was among the best I've ever had. I skipped dessert, as I find them too sweet. Alcohol is not served, but you... More 

Thank riquecohen
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, United States
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238 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Parking is tough in this area, but the many Turkish patrons prove how authentic the food is. I've been lucky enough to visit Istanbul ten times over the years, and the food here is just excellent. Great service, very knowledgeable about what is good and not on the menu. Try to get a seat in the new enclosed porch in... More 

Thank robcurtross
Rutherford, New Jersey, United States
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Love the menu options and the food is great. Had an awesome soup the other day that I'm still daydreaming about! We sat in a new enclosed porch in the back - its surrounded by trees, full of windows, I felt like we were in a treehouse! Service is spotty - most often, the server has to be flagged down... More 

Thank Jolyn07070
New Jersey
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272 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

I have eaten here at least 12 times in the past two years, and have never been disappointed. There's a reason you see Turkish families traveling from a 15-mile radius to diner here, despite the lack of parking. Also, I've brought friends and colleagues here from all parts of the country--California, Washington DC, etc. -- and all have said it's... More 

Thank jerseyjazz
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

As an appetizer I chose the zuchhini pancakes. While the sauce was tasty, the pancakes were undercooked, still very soggy and pasty in the middle. As an entree I got Hunkar Begendi with lamb, a classical Istanbul dish with lamb chunks cooked in tomato sauce, served on eggplant puree blended with cheese. The lamb and sauce were excellent, but the... More 

Thank judyineaston
Ridgewood, New Jersey
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43 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Really enjoyed this place. We had a bunch of appetizers – hummus, caviar spread, eggplant chunks – all of which were good. My wife tried the Bronzino special which was a whole fish, with head and bones and all. It was very juicy, very simple. I liked it more than my Iskender (they were out of the lamb shank, my... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 319 Hackensack Street, Carlstadt, NJ
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Carlstadt
  • Phone Number: 201-507-0606

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: European, Turkish


Open Hours
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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