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Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

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  • Turkish, Mediterranean
  • 212 E 34th St, New York NY10016 40.745513 -73.9776573
  • (Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave)
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  • (212) 683-9206
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User Ratings (Based on 108 reviews)

3.955
Food 4.4 Value 4.0
Service 3.6 Atmosphere 3.8

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
work
(212) 683-9206
voice
(917) 256-0104
Fax:
fax
(212) 683-9209
Website:
www.alibabaturkishcuisine.com
Place Order:
Order From Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Delivery Take Out Catering Private Parties Visa, MC, AmEx
Hours:
Daily: 11am-11pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Outdoor Dining, Prix Fixe, Fireplace, Delivery, Online Ordering, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
10.00

User Reviews

  • Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

    Posted by Local New Yorker/ Turkish food lover on 02/25/2009

    Ali Baba Terrace - dont go there!

    I have been going to Ali Baba on 34th street for years and decided to try Ali Baba Terrace - It is listed as another location of there's on Ali Baba's web site. Ali Baba terrace was a joke. Decent decor - but they definately need to get their act together. First sign of a badly run restaurant is when you have too many staff - vaguely hanging around, but no body doing anything - so if you need water - you have to get someones's attention. Then we ordered a couple of appetizers - told them we were going slow and would decide what else we wanted a little later- since we did not know if we would get a couple of more small plates or order an entree. We asked for bread- My's friend got hard/ not- fresh bread and had to return asking for some fresh bread. Again - not a good sign. Turkish restaurants have the best fresh Turkish bread. The waiter kept coming back to ask what else we wanted almost pressuring us to order. BTW the restaurant was not even 50% occupied. So we ordered. I asked for an Entree and my friend got an appetizer. Told them to go slow - we were in no rush. The food arrived soon after - we were not even half way thru' our appetizers!!. I told them we were not ready yet. 5 minutes later they were back and when I said I was not in a rush - we were not done with the appetizers they were ready to pick up our plates and serve us the next course already!!. I was really mad and the waiter said I had no choice - the food was ready and he had to serve it. Needless to say the food was a bit cold - We decided we would never patronize this place and tell everyone not to go there. There were no apologies - EVER- not at that time , not when we got the bill- NOTHING. Absolutely abnoxious. AND the entire time we were there till the time we left the place was less than 50% occupied.

  • Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

    Posted by Steph on 09/19/2008

    Excellent local spot

    I live basically right above this restaurant and either eat here or take out all the time. The food is authentic, relatively inexpensive, good portion size, quick service and it's just a great local place. I just got back from a trip to Turkey and it's definitely comparable to the real thing.

  • Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

    Posted by turkfan on 09/18/2008

    Not related to the Terrace

    Awesome place. Love 34th St location. Went to the Terrace on 2nd Ave - they are not related, fyi

  • Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

    Posted by kyle on 09/14/2008

    yum

    Totally worth checking out! Babby Lamb kebabs, very tasty and tender, no gamey flavors. I'll be back!

  • Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

    Posted by Paul on 09/06/2008

    The New Terrace on 2nd Avenue

    These guys just opened up another restaurant on 2nd avenue. The place is nice, food is ok however, on their menu it clearly states delivery - guess what? They don't deliver. Not a good start.

  • Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

    Posted by Nicole Friedman on 09/01/2008

    Let's Give Ali Baba a Push!

    I just returned from a trip to Istanbul with a CRAVING for pide (turkish pizza). I never ordered this dish from Ali Baba before and tried theirs for the 1st time yesterday. I ordered the ground meat pide and while it was good, it definitely was not what I had in Istanbul. Basically it was a calzone stuffed with ground meat....but no fresh herbs or anything to add "zip". (The ones I had in Istanbul all had something "fresh" to add to the meat be it fresh parsley, mint or tomatoes) I've been to this place a gazillion times on the recommendation of Turkish friends who drive in from East Long Island. They definitely have good food- I like their kebabs, bread, dips, ect. But some suggestions I hope they'll keep in mind: 1. Add some fresh herbs to the pide- it would make a huge difference. 2. Put more turkish drinks on the menu. I know they have had cherry and apricot juice on occasion when my turkish friends ordered it but I never see it on the menu. Or add salep (an orchid root drink that tastes like vanilla) NO other restaurant has that in NY! 3. Add the tomato tinged bulgar pilaf as an option or alternative to their rice pilaf that blandly accompanies their delicious kebabs. Personally I always thought their rice is almost tasteless. Why should it be? Again, overall a very good restaurant but I really hope they take these suggestions into consideration.

  • Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine

    Posted by Anonymous on 08/28/2008

    Usually good, but not last night....

    We order from Ali Baba's at least once a week and it has been deicious, but we went there last night for dinner and it was subpar. The hummus had so much garlic in it, my mouth was on fire. The lamb and chicken dishes we ordered had no seasoning at all - they tasted like nothing. I don't know if there is a new cook there or it was just an off night, but it was disappointing all around. This is one of my favorite restaurants and I will definitely try it again - hopefully it was just one bad night.

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