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Uskudar Turkish Restaurant

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Upper East Side
Turkish
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1405 2nd Ave Ste 1, New York City, NY 10021-3768
+1 212-988-2641
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12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Traditional, authentic Turkish cuisine in the heart of the Upper East...
Traditional, authentic Turkish cuisine in the heart of the Upper East Side-- look no further than Uskudar Turkish Restaurant a delicious meal! Our Hunkar Begendi is known throughout the city and beyond-- Chunks of lamb simmered in our tomato sauce, cooked with fresh herbs, and served on pureed eggplant. We also offer more familiar dishes such as Chicken Shish, Musakka, Yaprak Dolmasi (stuffed grape leaves), Kofte, Baklava, and much more. Uskudar Turkish Restaurant is the place to go in Manhattan for delicious and authentic Turkish food. How authentic? Our recipes are traditional Turkish family recipes that are over 700 years old. Fuse our time tested techniques with the freshest ingredients and the warm & friendly atmosphere and you have a winning (and delectable) combination.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The secret is out, unfortunately

Small restaurant with no ambience. Who cares! Food is great. Staff is delightful. Please don't go so I can go whenever I am in the mood.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
Peter S
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New York
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English first
New York
Top Contributor
160 reviews 160 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Small restaurant with no ambience. Who cares! Food is great. Staff is delightful. Please don't go so I can go whenever I am in the mood.

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

We'd like to think our place is nice and cozy, Peter, but if our food is enough to make you happy then we're more than pleased. Thank you for the kind words -- don't worry though, we'll always have a seat at our table for you. Best wishes, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

New York, New York, United States
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Cute very little nice looking place. Good service. The food was good and tasted very fresh. The bread was a little different than I am used too and tasted more like foccacia than turkish. The lam shish was tender but not seasoned enough for me. The veggies were steamed only. The rice was a little sticky. The chicken shish was... More 

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

Jerry, I'm glad our food was enjoyable, though I'm sorry to hear it fell short of being truly impressive. It also sounds like you missed out on our special appetizer of the evening, and I want to apologize for that. I'd love to chalk things up to an off night in the kitchen, though that's no excuse. Still I hope... More 

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I am impressed with the quality of good in this tiny Turkish restaurant. My wife and I had 3 mezzes for appetizer and they were outstanding. Yalanci dolma, pilaki red beans and imambayikdi eggplant. For main course she had moussaka and I had the mix grill. I usually don't eat meat but everything on that plate was tasty and high... More 

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

Anytime we can impress a guest, I'm thrilled, AAB1006. Thank you for joining us with your wife! It sounds like you both loved everything you tried, even the meat dishes. Now that you've discovered us, I hope you'll keep us in mind for whenever you're craving an authentic Turkish meal. Hope to see you again someday soon, Ibrahim, Owner &... More 

Lakeland, Florida
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We stumbled upon Uskudar because two other restaurants we were looking for in the 'hood were closed, and were we ever glad! This is small, intimate, relaxing, and the food ROCKS! I almost hate to tell you about it because it is already crowded as it is. We ordered the chicken and lamb kabobs, which came with rice and the... More 

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm truly honored to hear how impressed you were on your first visit in! Between the staff and the food, this is the experience we want to offer each of our customers, so I'm thrilled we could deliver it for you. I hope we'll see you again soon! Take care, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Great Turkish on the Upper East with lots of choices for veg and meat eaters, but have my faves. Ezme, Zucchini Pancakes, Chicken Shish or Adana. Everything is prepared fresh and make sure to try the Coconut and Rice Pudding. Small place with nice vibe and good service.

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the love here on TripAdvisor! It's a pleasure to cook for you, and we hope we'll be able to welcome you back soon. All the best, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

New York, United States
Top Contributor
137 reviews 137 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I ordered as my main course the Vegetarian Platter ($19.95), which included humus, stuffed grape leaves, and white kidney beans among the 5 or six different meze. The variety plus the very fresh bread and olives created a pleasant meal but not one that I would repeat. I have had a three times more flavorful humus and the other items... More 

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

Harvey, we understand that our guests' tastes may vary, but it's still disappointing to hear our cooking didn't quite 'wow' you. Still, we appreciate you giving us a try and for sharing some kind words about our kidney beans. Hopefully your server was very friendly and attentive as well. Typically we hear much more positive feedback, so please keep us... More 

Merrick, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We had a delicious meal with a helpful, courteous, and sweet staff. The selection wasn't large but very representative of different palates. The appetizers were terrific to pass around and the wait staff doesn't rush you to finish. The atmosphere is cozy and homey and we had a fantastic time. The prices are very reasonable.

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

I've no doubt the rest of our team will be just as thrilled with your kudos as I am! Nothing makes our day more than reading that a guest felt right at home with us. Hope to see you next time you're in the city! 'Til then, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

Boca Raton, Florida
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

A small, but comfortable, restaurant with smiling and helpful service. We went with a Living Social deal which included a bottle of wine, two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts. There were no limitations or special menus (as some restaurants have seen fit to have), and everything was delicious. If there was a criticism at all, the rice was not... More 

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

What a treat to hear from you on TripAdvisor, bobboles! Thank you for the glowing recommendation; it's common for deal site customers to feel like they're receiving a second-class experience, so I'm thrilled to hear we took excellent care of you. We'd love to welcome you back soon for more grape leaves, rice pudding and whatever you're craving. Best wishes,... More 

New York City, New York, USA
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If the food was as good as the service we would return. Unfortunately it wasn't. There were four in our party, and none were pleased with their food.

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

Stuartg777, I'm stunned to hear our cooking struck out with everyone in your party. Please accept our apologies if your meal was unacceptable in anyway. Typically our guests rave about our rich, authentic Turkish dishes, but we understand that tastes can vary. Hopefully you caught us on an off-night, but I'll make a point of checking in with my the... More 

Devon, Pennsylvania
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

went here after a cocktail party at the suggestion of friends just for a light bite.... love their salads! fresh wonderful.... great location and nice staff... enjoy!

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Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

oztravelz, you'll have to thank your friends on our behalf for sending you our way! It's a pleasure to hear you enjoyed your after-party meal with us. Thank you for the kind words! I'll let my staff know they took wonderful care of you. Will you be visiting NYC again soon? We'd love to welcome you back whenever you're in... More 

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Address: 1405 2nd Ave Ste 1, New York City, NY 10021-3768
Phone Number: +1 212-988-2641
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Turkish

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1405 2nd Ave Ste 1, New York City, NY 10021-3768
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-988-2641

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Turkish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining

Description

Traditional, authentic Turkish cuisine in the heart of the Upper East Side-- look no further than Uskudar Turkish Restaurant a delicious meal! Our Hunkar Begendi is known throughout the city and beyond-- Chunks of lamb simmered in our tomato sauce, cooked with fresh herbs, and served on pureed eggplant. We also offer more familiar dishes such as Chicken Shish, Musakka, Yaprak Dolmasi (stuffed grape leaves), Kofte, Baklava, and much more. Uskudar Turkish Restaurant is the place to go in Manhattan for delicious and authentic Turkish food. How authentic? Our recipes are traditional Turkish family recipes that are over 700 years old. Fuse our time tested techniques with the freshest ingredients and the warm & friendly atmosphere and you have a winning (and delectable) combination.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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