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Posted by kebab lover on 12/03/2010
We went to Dardanel when our favorite kebab restaurant was too crowded and had no more tables avail. Restaurant was essentially empty and we wondered why, at first since the restaurant was very pretty. ..The servers were very friendly but did not follow requests put in with the order, such as veggies instead of rice which they said was no problem when requested. The chicken was undercooked and sparse in quantity. Both my husband and I were hungry afterwards despite ordering two appetizers with our lunch specials.Overall, a disappointment. Will not go back. Would rather get take out from elsewhere.
Posted by Monica on 11/08/2010
We chose this restaurant based on the previous reviews, unfortunately we did not have the best experience this past Saturday nite. Staff seemed friendly enough but service was poor. The apps arrived very quickly and then we had to wait 30+ minutes for your entrees. Also, no one asked if we wanted dessert or coffee, we had to ask for it. And then we had to wait some more and finally ask for our check. Our server seemed to be busy dishing out the Red Snapper for 2 at another table and we were left to suffer. Food was ok, but pricey.
Posted by anonymous on 09/17/2010
The food at Dardanel was exceptionally great! I had the zucchini pancakes (which are to die for!) and the Sultan's Delight. They have an extensive variety of wines and the service was definitely above average. I am absolutely going back there....worth the travel to 1st Ave!!
Posted by Yorkville Towers resident on 02/20/2010
After seeing all the favorable reviews here, I decided to try this place. Since my wife is Turkish, we have a real interest in finding genuine Turkish food in NYC. Unfortunately, Dardanel is less than meets the eye. I had a grilled tuna special that cost $27. It was not as tasty as the tuna I grill myself from Whole Foods. I probably should have ordered something more typically Turkish, but felt cheated. I also resented the waiter pushing more expensive wines on us, when an $8 Turkish red and white would have been fine. I felt like I was being hustled. I don't think that Dardanel is particularly bad, but our feeling is that *all* Turkish restaurants in NYC are overpriced.
Posted by anonymous on 02/09/2010
This place is a great find! Service is good, thier Turkish wine is yummie, and the food is great. I've had the hummus, shepard's pie and the shrimp cassarole and they are all amazing!
Posted by I like to eat! on 02/07/2010
Very gracious host. We sat for almost 4 hours without being rushed. Excellent assortment of appetizers but the zucchini pancakes weren't crispy enough. The whole fish was perfect but rather small. The Greek wine is good. They pushed extras on us which was a bit of a turn off. We would definitely go back but it is costly for the portion size.
Posted by LarryScott on 08/31/2009
This little restaurant, just south of the 59th Street Bridge, provided a very enjoyable pre-theater dinner for our party of four. Service was extraordinarily friendly and accommodating; we were made to feel like family. The ambience is typical of the many low-budget, small, store-front restaurants that dot the avenues throughout the city. The menu offers a good mix of Turkish, Greek, and middle-eastern selections. Shepherd salad was fairly standard, but the vegetables were very fresh and the serving size quite ample. Zuccini pancakes were wonderful. Falafel was very good. The only appetizer we didn't like was the Manti, which was pasty and bland. All of our entrees were excellent. The Bronzini was cooked to perfection and spiced just right. Shrimp casserole was enormous (8 very large shrimp) and delicious. The Sultan's Delight (roasted lamb over smoked, creamy eggplant puree) was spectacularly tasty and everyone's favorite. Deserts were okay but nothing to write home about. Our dinner for four with appetizers, drinks for all, and coffee and desert came to about $40 per person, not including tax and tip. I recommend this sweet little spot!