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Best Turkish Restaurants NYC

September 8, 2017 - by Chelsey Grasso
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New York City has it all, including amazing Turkish eats. From Mediterranean classics to modern takes on Istanbul staples, these five Turkish restaurants have you covered. Try one or try them all — we promise they won’t disappoint! 

Best of NYC Turkish Restaurants: Galata (Midtown East)

Enjoy a modern selection of Turkish cuisine at Galata, where you’ll find dining options that are not only delicious, but nutritious as well. The Falafel Dinner comes with eight pieces of falafel served on a bed of hummus with grilled tomato, peppers, and a house salad. The Grilled Salmon and Grilled Shrimp entrees are also popular, as is the Sultan’s Delight (braised lamb over eggplant puree). 212 E. 34th St., 212-683-9206, galatany.com

Best of NYC Turkish Restaurants: ABA Turkish Restaurant (Midtown West)

Want to feel as though you’re sitting at a restaurant in the center of Istanbul? At ABA Turkish Restaurant, you will. The award-winning menu features favorites such the Doner Kebab (Turkish gyro), “Ali Nazik” (eggplant puree with yogurt and grilled meat), and Musakka (layered ground meat, eggplant, onions, pepper, béchamel, cheese, and rice). Make sure you save room for dessert, because the Baklavas and Kadayifis are shipped directly from Turkey. 325 W. 57th St., 212-655-9368, abarestaurant.com 

Best of NYC Turkish Restaurants: Seed (Brooklyn) 

Head over to Brooklyn to try out Seed, a Turkish-food haven that serves up all kinds of authentic and traditional Turkish dishes. For starters, try out their Zucchini Pancake, Rolled Borek, Eggplant Salad, or Beet Carpaccio. As for house specialties, the Mediterranean Lamb Shank comes in a red wine marinade, served over an eggplant puree. The Stuffed Green Bell Pepper is another popular entrée, consisting of hand-minced meat, rice, currant, herbs and onion stuffed bell peppers. 242 5th Ave., 929-295-9031, seedbrooklyn.com

Best of NYC Turkish Restaurants: Pera Mediterranean Brasserie (Midtown East)

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Named after an elegant neighborhood in Istanbul, Pera is staffed with specialty cooks from Turkey that work collaboratively to produce dynamic and flavorful dishes for the clientele. Main courses include Duo “Shashlik Steak” Frites (marinated center cut lamb loin and beef sirloin, sliced and skewer-grilled with peppers, sweet onion, and Mediterranean fries) and Pan-Roasted Citrus Salmon (orzo and bulghur tabbouleh with dill, garlic, and scallions). 303 Madison Ave., 212-878-6301, peranyc.com

Best of NYC Turkish Restaurants: Turkish Kitchen (Kips Bay)

From Tilapia Bugulama and Sis Kebab to Bean Salad and a Vegetarian Combination Platter, Turkish Kitchen is a favorite for both meat-eaters and vegetarians. Be sure to swing by between 3pm and 6:30pm, Monday through Thursday, to take advantage of their 4-Course Early Bird Special for only $24.95. 386 Third Ave., 212-679-6633, turkishkitchen.com

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