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“Good ol' reliable in the theatre district”
Review of Dervish - CLOSED

Dervish
Price range: $30 - $40
Cuisines: Turkish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 6th and 7th Avenues
Transit: N & R trains to 49th Street, and B, D, F & Q trains to 47th/50th Street.
Sarasota, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
241 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
“Good ol' reliable in the theatre district”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

We've enjoyed pre-theatre dinig at Dervish for many years and it has never let us down. The food, the service, the seating and comfort and the value are all first rate. Granted, the decor lacks the cutting edginess of a Milano-inspired designer-resto or the strained fakery of a carefully planned "ethnic" eatery, but understatement and a relatively unadorned classic approach are features of Turkish cookery. Dervish has three main dining areas: the front, with a long bar, booths and some tall tables, a more formal dining area at the rear and an additional upstairs room. Turkish dishes are anything but complex or contrived; with that out of the way we can attest to having greatly enjoyed, among other dishes, the satiny cacik and equally silky Lebni yogurt-based appetizers, as well as the Imam Bayildi (stuffed eggplant) and the spiced octopus. Among main courses we keep coming back to a subtly spiced Lamb Adana, the grilled lamb chops and the mild Manti (Turkish mini-ravioli). Plus: the noise level is acceptable, the wine and liquour lineup more than acceptable and the service has always been courteous and prompt.

  • Visited January 2013
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  • English first
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  • German first
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English first
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Could have been better”
Reviewed January 11, 2013

The pre dinner drinks were nice except they had run out of tanqueri (sp?) and limes. The bar man was friendly and the ambience was nice. Dinner was Ok but service was a little slow - a little dissapointed.

Visited January 2013
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New Brunswick, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Good food, below average service”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

A Turkish restaurant with excellent authentic food. I was disappointed with the service and the airiness of the waiters, considering this is a higher end restaurant. Waiters are the face of the restaurant and should pay closer attention to their customers - they pretty much determine if the customer will come back or not. Knowing how important service is in Turkey, having 3 different waiters in a pretty empty setting surprised me. This does not mean a good service, on the contrary - it means lack of attention.

  • Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
271 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
“Excellent Meal, But Slow It Down, Please!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

This is an excellent mid-town Mediterranean eatery that provided four uniformy delicious dinners. Especially noteworthy was the lamb brochette and the salmon fillet. Service was too rushed and a platter with food was removed while the diner was momentarily away from the table. The resulting complaint was not handled thoughtfully. This is a good example of how service issues can significantly affect the overall quality of the restaurant experience. I would return, but only if I received assurance of a leisurely and well paced mean unless I requested otherwise.

  • Visited December 2012
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Den Bosch, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
502 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 254 helpful votes
“We only had drinks at Dervish but nice place and friendly people”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

We ended up at Dervish when escaping the crowds on Broadway and after trying to have a drink in two of the Irish pubs in the same street. It wasn't a problem to just have a drink at the bar (the bar was empty I might add...). The restaurant was pretty full. We had nice chats with the lady behind the bar and a gentleman who was probably the owner. So from a just having drinks perspective, an above average experience. We can imagine the service and food being of good quality and the place itself looked nice. As we had planned to eat Thai food, we didn't eat at Dervish but next time we might.

  • Visited December 2012
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