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“Best middle eastern food on Long Island, or in NY City.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Turkuaz Grill

Turkuaz Grill
Ranked #5 of 116 Restaurants in Riverhead
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
New York
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Best middle eastern food on Long Island, or in NY City.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

While visiting the LI Aquarium and staying at the Hyatt, we decided on Turkuaz because my wife is a vegetarian, but she had a lot of fish this week so she wanted something different, and it is Passover so we wanted to avoid bread. We were blown away by the food and experience. First, the location is a little house right on the water, across from the "boardwalk" and nearest to the aquarium, very quaint location - with a great parking lot if you drove. The hotel front desk staff suggested Turkuaz, Jerry and the Mermaid (seafood), Farm Country Kitchen (farm to table); for our family with a toddler they suggested Turkuaz or Jerry's. What sold us is that they said when they've gone, the owner's own children were at the table in the back doing homework - so we knew it would be authentic and family-friendly. The ambience was cozy, with beautiful tile, "antiqued" painted furniture, a fireplace and from our table we could see the crew and house boats, we even saw an Osprey when we were walking inside. I had the mixed Kabob, which had gyro (which was so soft, the best quality meat I've ever had for gyro, almost like shaved lamb / steak, tender but the best part is that it wasn't spicy (like the kind that makes you belch after) chicken, lamb, lamb on the bone, and so much more chicken and lamb, yummy. The included sides were homemade yogurt sauce, marinated red onion, beet salad, rice, salad - a lot of food! My wife had falafel with the same sides, but also included bulgar, which was amazing and tasted like Israeli Couscous. The falafel was crispy, and mild, not spicy at all, really the best. Everything was so full of flavor and spices, but nothing was overly spicy/peppery like most middle eastern food is. Everything was subtle, delicate, lovingly and expertly prepared. The Turkish tea was strong, almost like American coffee, it's the tea that puts hair on your chest. I added sugar and milk to mine, how i drink tea, but honestly it was great by itself. At the end of the meal we had enough left over for another meal, and instead of the baklava, my dessert was medium Turkish coffee. The owner suggested medium (with some sugar) because she saw how I "tamed" my tea. I had never seen Turkish coffee before, let alone had it and it's reputation is what it is, very thick, in an espresso cup, but I now know why it's so thick, it is full of grounds. My mom would have called it "mud." I liked it, was it great, no. I prefer espresso, but even that is an inquired taste. If I was able to smoke, play some board game and sit in the sun, I think i could really get into sipping Turkish coffee (seriously). The coffee was good, the tea, food and friendly staff (all family) and location was amazing!

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Crystal River, Florida
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254 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014 via mobile

I found this restaurant on Trip Advisor and was surprised to see it listed as the #1in Riverhead. Now that I have eaten there I am not surprised at its ranking. The food is excellent and the portions are very ample. It is a small restaurant easily overlooked down by the Peconic River. It will be an even better experience in the Summer with outside table service.

Visited March 2014
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York, ME
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361 reviews
264 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Nice people, homey atmosphere, great kabobs!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014 via mobile

We were here in business In off season and the reviews looked great for this Turkish restaurant. The wine list was limited but the selections were surprisingly good and fairly priced. The kebabs were great, but the sides were so-so, either Luke warm or kind of bland, possibly because it was a Monday in an off season. the people were friendly and helpful and the baklava was quite tasty. I would definitely go back as the atmosphere was casual and relaxed and the people were wonderful. The view was quite nice, close to a marina.

Visited March 2014
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2014 via mobile

If your looking for a really good eat this is the place. Family owned and operated . Small 36 person indoor dining room and many tables outdoors. Right by the water and Atlantis marine world. We allways go here for special family dinner.

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New York City, New York
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196 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Pleasant addition to restaurant scene in Riverhead”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2013 via mobile

Probably better to visit in summer with outdoor seating facing the river, but food was excellent, well-presented and tasty. A small restaurant inside, family-run, modest décor, homey, reasonable and unpretentious. Would go back in a heartbeat.

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