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Posted by Couple with dog--very happy customers! on 06/30/2007
My husband and I only eat at 2 restaurants on the UES. BEYOGLYU and Mangiarini. As a former Chef I am somewhat picky about dropping money at a place that is not worth it. For the last 5 years we have been coming to Beyoglu (esp. in the summer with our dog) and it has been consistanly good!! The food is great, the service is delightful and the owner Giorgio is on of the nicest owners/managers I have ever met in the business. All of the staff make the extra effort to ensure a great experience....and it works! It all works! So we say thank you to the entire team of Beyoglu! You are all doing a great job and we'll see you soon!
Posted by Local UES on 06/27/2007
Beyoglu is always busy - probably because you can always come here and get excellent food at a very resonable price. I always look forward to the appetizers here, especially the hummus (it's one of the best). The food, atmosphere and service have always been reliable. I love this place - it's one of my favorites in the neighborhood.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/24/2007
It's striking that this place does not have even a high chair. When asked about this, the manager with an attitude stated "its not that we're against children, but we don't make special accomodations for children". ! I'm not crazy about screaming kids, but the adults next to us had consumed LOTS of wine and could be heard down the block, and their kids were running around between tables. Guess thats better than a baby, right? Would have walked out, but food is spectacular. Rude, inefficient service (1 pita for 3 adults)..2 requests to get a second. Only delivery for me now.
Posted by EstherM on 06/23/2007
The food here is good. I don't understand why the service is so poor. First of all, don't ever sit upstairs, they will forget you and you will proceed to advanced age before they remember you are there. Second, order straight from the menu and don't take the advice of the waiters, they could really care less whether you get what you want or like it. We rarely go here but have a relative who loves their food so much we cannot deny her. I never usually hesitate before leaving a tip but at this place I never know what to do. Why the attitude of the servers is tolerated by the management I don't know but surely they know. Now that there is a very good turkish place on Second in the seventies we will switch over completely.
Posted by alexis on 06/21/2007
So I am not the only one to think good food alone won't make a restaurant. I think Beyoglu survives despite the poor service not just by waiters also the management; they are very rude. If their location was not supurb (surrounded by Upper East siders who don't like to cook) they would be out of business by now. I have been boycotting them for a long time and using the word-of-mouth to change their attitude to no avail.
Posted by newbie on 06/15/2007
Moved my daughter into an apartment in the 90s, had to wait hours for the movers to get around the PRDay parade. We were tired and hungry and used the streetwalker's zagat formula and went here because it was the only crowded restaurant. Had great salads and chicken and shrimp, attentive service, sat outside where we wanted. Baclava to die for and the check came to 2/3 of what we pay in Philly for not as good a place. Will go back again soon.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2007
After reading many of the reviews about this restaurant, we decided there were enough good reasons to give this place a chance. We were all glad we did. The service was perfect! The food was delicious (and yes...try the hummus and the "pita" bread). My one piece of advice for anyone going here might be to try and go early before they get busy. We went at 6:30 on a Saturday night (and made reservations). My one piece of advice for the restaurant might be to add about 4 inches to each side of the table so that when plates accumulate it isn't quite so crowded.