Best Turkish Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Treat your taste buds with bites from these top-rated Turkish restaurants in NYC.

Taci's Beyti
Middle Eastern · Sheepshead Bay · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.1

In a refreshingly “hipster-free corner of Brooklyn” , this long-standing Turk is a Sheepshead Bay “favorite” for “huge portions” of “delicious” classics, including “juicy” kebabs; the staff “couldn't be nicer” , ditto the prices, so never mind if the atmosphere is “nothing special.”
Turkish Kitchen
Middle Eastern · Murray Hill · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“As real as it gets” , this “tried-and-true” Murray Hill Turk earns “undying loyalty” with “high-quality” traditional eats at “modest” prices; “courteous” staffers oversee the “comfortable” setting, and the “lavish” Sunday brunch “defeats all efforts at self-control.”
Turkish · East 40s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Deliciously spiced” Turkish specialties come at “fair” rates at this U.N.-area “standby” ; the “Montparnasse-meets-the-Dardanelles” decor is “just OK” , but it's often “busy” with fans of the “reliable” performance.
Middle Eastern · East 80s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

A “lively crowd” descends on this UES Turkish “standby” to graze on “irresistible meze” at an “oh-so-reasonable” cost; it can be “rushed” , “cramped” and “loud” , but the upstairs room is “quieter” and come summer the sidewalk seats are a “big draw.”
Middle Eastern · West 80s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.5 · Service 4.0

“Small and cozy” , this UWS neighborhood Med is the “real deal” for “inexpensive” dining on “stellar” Turkish meze and “tasty thin-crust pizza” ; though service is “speedy” , it's often “crowded and cramped” , so insiders flee to the “outside tables.”
Turkish · East 70s · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.2 · Service 4.0

Although “narrow” with just a “handful of tables” , this “welcoming” UES “hole-in-the-wall” does a brisk business thanks to its “delicious” , “straightforward” Turkish cuisine and “personal” service; “easy-on-the-wallet” prices seal the deal.
Turkuaz Restaurant
Mediterranean · West 50s · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

“Tasty” , well-priced Turkish food presented by “costumed” servers in a room channeling a “sultan's private tent” draw “armchair travelers” and “belly-dancing” fans to this “amenable” Upper Westsider; the “plentiful” Sunday buffet is an additional lure.
Middle Eastern · Sheepshead Bay · $$
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

It's “old school at this point” , but this durable Sheepshead Bay Turk is “hard to beat” for “seriously good” grilled fare ( “kebab is king” ) at the right price; the “huge” space may be “short on ambiance” , but that doesn't hurt its “popularity” with “groups and families” , and “the garden is an oasis.”