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Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine
Posted by Anonymous on 03/07/2011
Let's get one thing straight. This is not a cheap restaurant. I lived in the neighborhood from 2000 and used to love Ali Baba. Now its mostly small portions, high prices, and unhappy people. Shame. Food is good, but not a several times a week place, but more like a night out.....without the fun.
Posted by oracle on 02/08/2011
i live in midtown and this restaurant is my favorite place. i eat there at least 3 times a week. they have very good and reasonable priced lunch special. dinner is worth it also. you can see this restaurant packed most of the time. there must be a good reason to get packed right? yes they are so good!
Posted by Mom on 11/28/2010
We live across the street from Ali Baba and eat/ order at least once a week. The food is good and predictable. The service is typically subpar, but we return due to the convenience. Never again though! On this Sunday evening (there were less than 10 people in the restaurant), I had a stroller in one hand and struggled with opening the door due to the strong winter wind. There were 4 bored waiters and one snooty hostess standing at the front, yet no one even bothered to lend assistance. I returned my requisite 15 minutes later for the food pick-up. Again, no assistance at the door and I waited with no acknowledgement, despite there being 5 waiters standing there speaking with each other. I asked to speak with the manager about the poor service, and he essentially laughed in my face. Despite the convenience, I cannot patronize a restaurant that treats its customers with disdane and I urge you to do the same.
Posted by Happy Diners on 11/26/2010
There were four of us at dinner and the only thing that didn't exceed our expectation was the Lentil Soup. Everything else was fantastic... the lamb and seafood were awesome! It's a lil pricey but a good place for dates because it gives off good vibes and service is courteous and slow :)
Posted by NaplesTr on 07/07/2010
I don't live in New York and as a Turkish American when I visited New York I wanted to eat great Turkish food. Alibaba was very close to our hotel. We went there and first experience was very disappointing. The staff looked like they were not enjoying what they are doing. None of them were smiling. They didn't do any small talk even though we spoke in Turkish. Despite all this bad start the food was good and not very costly. We really liked kunefe, it was great! If you don't care for the staff it is a nice place.
Posted by anonymous on 05/29/2010
food is great but service leaves a serious something to be desired, especially by the man who picks up the phone for delivery. won't order from them again which is a shame.
Posted by JSG on 02/22/2010
Let me start off by saying that there were a few glitches to our service...we waited a very long time for a table; once we were seated we were asked to move to another table so that they could accomodate a bigger party. That was a bit of a turnoff but we ended up sitting in a much better table near the back of the restaurant. The food was soo good! I ordered the chicken adana and my boyfriend orderd the spicy lamb kebobs. The rice was very tasty and the green pepper was very hot (a perfect complement to the rest of the meal). As a thank you for moving our table, we had baklava on the house - probably the best baklava I've ever had. Overall, a great food experience. The service was good but it seemed like you didn't have a waiter that was assigned to your table; we were dealing with whomever was available at the time. Even though service was a little spotty, I would definitely go back! A fantastic find.