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Uskudar Turkish Restaurant

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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Omg yum!

We popped into this restaurant off chance on our way back to the hotel after a night shopping, we were seated straightaway, we bought a bottle of red wine & had a mixed grill with chops, chicken & other grilled meats on... The meat was so tender! The rice was fluffy/sticky and the bread... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Leanneandben
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Authentic, delicious Turkish cuisine in a matchbook sized restaurant. Family run, very reasonably priced and superb healthy turkish dishes, featuring lamb, yogurt, eggplant, kebobs, make this a destination to savor. If you haven't been to Turkey, try a glass of Raki, you'll enjoy the food even more and leave with a pleasant buzz. The restaurant is small and intimate, the... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

My wife and I typically share items, so we get to try new more things without overeating. They serves a basket of very thin bread, with 3 wonderful and different sauces. Then we treid the Fasulye Pilakis appetizer, which was white kidney beans cooked with scallions fresh tomatoes, garlic and herbs. The entree was the Chef's Mixed Grill, which was... More 

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Thank BaydeNoc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

We popped into this restaurant off chance on our way back to the hotel after a night shopping, we were seated straightaway, we bought a bottle of red wine & had a mixed grill with chops, chicken & other grilled meats on... The meat was so tender! The rice was fluffy/sticky and the bread accompanying it was fab! It wasn't... More 

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Thank Leanneandben
New York City, New York
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125 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

I order from this restaurant quite frequently. I usually order the mixed grill along with the coban salad. The zucchini pancakes are very good make sure you dip them in the sour cream. Their takeout/delivery only of sandwiches with soda is a good value.

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1 Thank Yorkiemom520
Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

It sounds like you're practically a regular customer, Yorkiemom520! Thanks for sharing why you like order from us so often -- hopefully you'll inspire others to do the same. If you haven't dined in yet, I hope you'll pay us a visit sometime soon! Best wishes, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

Ramsey, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

We are partial to going here when visiting the Met Museum, for it is but a short walk and the food is always good, reasonable portions, well-spiced and cooked; the prix-fixe lunch is always a bargain. Although very small, the interior is pleasant enough (we are not so taken with "ambience"), and the service always is attentive. The food is... More 

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

The UES is flush with wonderful restaurants, Michael, so it's a huge compliment that we're your favorite place in the area. Thank you for the amazing recommendation! It's always a pleasure to speak with you as well, and I'm looking forward to welcoming you again soon. Cheers, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

New York City, New York
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Terrific food here. The actual restaurant is small and "cozy" but the food is excellent. We are partial to the grilled branzino with the most delicious green salad and grilled Turkish bread but I promise you their lamb dishes are extra special and whatever you order, you will not be disappointed. And they deliver.

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

Glad to hear we're one of your favorite spots for Turkish cuisine, Mo! That's the kind of recommendation that always makes my day. Whether you're dining in or delivering, we hope to serve you again soon. Best wishes, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

New York City, New York
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103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

I love Turkish food, but it's not easy to find great Turkish restaurants in NYC. But finally, here it is! It's a narrow space, not fancy, not many tables, but it is clean and the service is great. And the food. Oh my. We shared a huge salad, chef's plate of grilled meats and cigara börek, which are cigar-shaped things... More 

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Thank marabel100
Ibrahim O, Owner at Uskudar Turkish Restaurant, responded to this review

Happy to help serve your favorite Turkish food in NYC More 

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48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015 via mobile

We ate at Uskudar this evening. My husband is very particular about restaurants that he eats at and I thoroughly reviewed this one. It had great reviews and a Zagat positive review as well. To be fair there were four of us myself my son my husband and my daughter. My daughter had a great meal and loved it. Myself... More 

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

Letting a guest leave disappointed is a rarity for us, Fatcat, and I want to apologize if anyone in your family didn't enjoy their meal. It's unclear what was wrong with your dishes, though, and whether there was anything we missed the mark on. Was this just a case of our food not being a good fit for your tastes?... More 

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125 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a tiny restaurant with only 2 rows of tables ( about 8 tables in total) but the food is delicious and the price is very affordable. Service is pretty good too!..Not the kind of place you have to visit if you are in NYC for a few days, but definitively give it a try if you're in the... More 

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

Good things come in small packages, DamianPiedra! What's true for diamond rings is also true in our case. Thank you for dining with us and sharing the experience on TripAdvisor! I'm not sure if you spend a lot of time in the city, but I hope you'll keep us in mind whenever you're nearby. We'd love to welcome you back,... More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

Tiny with not much atmosphere but don't let that fool you. The food is great and the staff is equally as good. Reasonable prices make this a trifecta!

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

Sounds like we're an all around winner, strassbeee! Thanks so much for the kind words and five stars. Anytime you're in NYC we'd love to welcome you back for more of the food and service you enjoyed. Safe travels, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

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Restaurant Details

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: European, 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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