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Posted by DeeDee on 08/08/2012
A friend who lives in the city took us to dinner here and it was wonderful! Course after course we were more than pleased! Service was superb and the atmosphere was "homey". Not too terribly loud (as most places in NYC are) before the band started playing. A five piece group that were wonderful! Planning another trip there in September and we will def go to Dervish!
Posted by Ruth on 05/18/2012
My boyfriend and I have eaten our fair share of Turkish food and found the stuff here to be incredibly disappointing. Salads had no flavor, dishes were just lackluster, service was incredibly spotty. I think Dervish is set-up for tourists. We won't be back.
Posted by April on 03/10/2011
I really enjoyed the food and service, authentic and delicious!
Posted by anonymous on 06/28/2010
My husband & I went for a late dinner. The service was great, the appetizers (lentil soup, eggplant, salad, & red beans) were fantastic! We shared a grilled chicken entree that wasn't what I expected based on what I read from the menu, but was tasty nevertheless. The bread was disappointing, but we'd definitely go back!
Posted by hot plate on 06/16/2010
I have eaten here many many times when going to the theatre. The waiters are attentive and courteous. The food is fresh and if you tell them you are going to the theatre, they ensure that your meal is served at the correct pace. I would recommend this restaurant. Also, the parking lot across the street from the restaurant charges $12 flat rate if you eat at Dervish and have Dervish stamp your parking ticket. I believe you can enter the garage from 5:00 p.m. A great deal!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/26/2009
Went there for dinner. We arrived on Thursday night at 9 pm, and the place was empty. Surprising given the location. As soon as we sat down, we understood why my coworkers warned me against Dervish. Service: Extremely poor. They treated certain diners with such rudeness, my husband and I had to turn around to see who this host was. The waiters also are extremely lazy, and they just stand around the corner themselves and were just laughing and having a good old time. How about the fact that we had our water filled only once? and after our appetizer, they did not want to change the utensils. Food: We tried octopus to start with, and they gave us Stuffed cabbage which were not what we ordered. When we questioned them, that's when they "came clean". We also had filet mignon, and lamb shank. I really dont know what to say about the lamb.... It was so tough that i thought every bite required me to chew for at least 5 minutes. Filet was completely below average. Bottom line: Wannabe "cool" spot, but most importantly, if you are going to claim to be a $$$ restaurant and charge people money, the food has to come up to par, given the stiff competition around the neighborhood. I would never go back.
Posted by midtowner74 on 07/16/2009
Having an office nearby in Midtown, I've been coming back to Dervish with clients and my family for years. I can attest that the food is truly authentic (I am quarter-Turkish and grew up on many of the dishes) and their $30 pre-fix menu is a steal for that area. The bar is gorgeous, and the live jazz they've been having on weekends have made it a unique place to take friends (though a little too small for large groups). Also, with your meal you get discounted parking at the garage across the street, which lasts even after your show is over. Just get the hostess to stamp your ticket. Overall, some of the comments about service are understandable, but you are eating in Times Square: as any New Yorker can attest, TS is a hub for overpriced tourist traps. Avoid it altogether if you're looking for a quiet meal. The staff at Dervish can be overwhelmed during the pre-theatre hours sometimes (5:30-8), but usually do a decent job. Come around 8pm, and it empties out immediately Favorite include the red lentil soup and stuffed baby eggplant for appetizers, and entrees are the iskender kebab, lamp shank, and sea bass (watch out... it's a whole fish). Overall, Dervish is a small taste of Istanbul in very busy Times Square. For those of you looking for something just a little different, make sure you give it a try.