Best Turkish Restaurants in NYC


by Sylvia Stanley

Dining on Turkish food in the city of New York is a pleasant experience for anyone willing to try gently spiced grilled vegetables along with tender meats.

Turkish kebabs are like no other and once you have had one, all others will pale in comparison. The following Turkish restaurants live up to the distinct cuisine of Turkey.

Sip Sak

928 2nd Avenue

Sip Sak

Chef Orhan Yegen creates classic Turkish dishes at Sip Sak and you are sure to have an exquisite dining experience as you partake in salads, lamb, and spiced vegetables, plus Sip Sak has a sophisticated wine selection for dinner guests to choose from.

The Baked Lamb Osso Bucco is smoked eggplant puree and is cooked just right for your taste buds. The right spices make the lamb flavorful and delicious. Artichoke hearts and leeks are creamy when combined with olive oil and the light tasting Turkish broths.

Taci’s Beyti

1953-55 Coney Island Avenue

Taci's Beyti

Taci’s Beyti is an authentic Turkish restaurant with a comfortable family-friendly atmosphere where all are welcome. Classic Turkish coffee can be sipped after your meal for a relaxed, comfortable environment.

Start off with stuffed grape leaves for an appetizer and then it is time for an entrée. Various kabobs are on the menu and each one is different. The Beyti Kebab has chopped lamb flavored with garlic, hot peppers and parsley, grilled on skewers and then served with roasted green peppers and tomatoes over rice.

Mangal Kabob

4620 Queens Boulevard

Mangal Kebab

Mangal Kabob is a traditional Turkish causal kebab house similar to ones in Turkey. A mixed mezze plate can be ordered with various Turkish cuisines. Eggplant salad, tomato-cucumber salad, baba ghanoush, tabbouleh, hummus can all be combined on a mezze plate. You will be delighted to try all the Turkish cuisine.

Shish and chicken kebab are seasoned and grilled to perfection. Adding lemon wedges to your kebabs only brings out more flavors. Turkish pizza is topped with ground lamb and chopped garden vegetables.

Hazar Turkish Kebab

7224 5th Avenue

Hazar Turkish Kebab

For an all around approach to Turkish food, stop by Haza Turkish Kebab where shawarma and falafels are on the menu. Shawarma is a meat preparation where lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, veal, carabeef, or mixed meats are placed on a spit and grilled for as long as a day. Falafels are deep fried patties made from chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Homemade pita bread is one of the most popular items that diners partake in.

One of the featured items on the menu is Sigara Borek, which is pan-fried phyllo rolls stuffed with Feta cheese. These hot appetizers will make everyone happy. For those who enjoy seafood, seasoned shrimp shish kebab marinated in bay leaves and lemon juice can be dined on. The kebab is cooked on skewers and served with riche and green salad.

Köfte Piyaz

881 5th Avenue

Köfte Piyaz

Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Köfte Piyaz is your one stop restaurant for a Turkish meal that will delight your senses. Breakfast items include lamb sausage, eggplant, and borek which is spinach grilled in filo dough. Traditional Turkish salads and grilled lamb items are represented on the menu. The namesake, köfte, which are meatballs, are grilled and served as sandwiches.

The lentil soup at Köfte Piyaz stands out among the rest. Once you have a spoonful of the lentil soup, you will understand why it is so popular. Creamy, earthy, and sweet vegetables create a soup that is heavenly. Adding a touch of mint on top provides everything needed for great tasting soup.

While New York City may not be known for Turkish cuisine, it certainly has restaurants that live up to the flavors of Turkey. The spices and aromas of Turkish meals make your taste buds come to life. The spirit of Turkey is alive and well in the city of New York. When visiting New York City, you should try the amazing Turkish cuisine the city has to offer.