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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: 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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  • 3
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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
Turkish treat!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
DamianPiedra
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New Jersey
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113 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

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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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 

Scarsdale, New York
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60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This is one of my New York's favorite places. Just to start with their hot steaming freshly baked bread is a treat by itself. Their Patlican - a smoked eggplant dish is out of this world...so delicious; the spinach rolls are light as a feather and full of flavor. We had also Chicken Yogurt and Chicken Adana Yogurt and both... More 

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

NYC has one of the world's finest culinary scenes, Maxikmoj, so it's a tremendous compliment to hear we're one of your favorite restaurants in the city. Thank you for the kind words and five star recommendations! Anytime you're craving more of our Patlican, you're more than welcome to join us. Best wishes, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

NYC
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51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A wonderful, neighborhood, whole-in-the-wall Turkish restaurant with great food and homey service. What it lacks in style and frills is offset by the more important facets of good dining.

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

We know what our guests are after, 55Mako75: a delicious Turkish meal and warm, attentive service. Thank you for the support! It's wonderful to hear we've been taking excellent care of you, and we hope you'll come to us anytime you're craving Turkish cuisine. All the best, Ibrahim, Owner & Chef More 

New York
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160 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
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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
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41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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113 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 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
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48 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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
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154 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
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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 

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Additional Information about Uskudar Turkish Restaurant

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: European, 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: 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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