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Posted by AR on 03/26/2012
This is the most exceptional place. The atmosphere, the menu, the food is outstanding. I love it and cannot wait to go back. Have been several times, its not a long meal, its reasonably price and the service is really nice. Also great place before theatre.
Posted by Bad Eats on 12/31/2011
We've had great Turkish food before at Ali babas and turkish kitchen in Murray hill. We tried this place because of the rating on menupages. It was a big mistake. We start off with the Mediterranean salad and it came without tomatoes and cucumbers. I realized this after we ate most of it. I asked the manager and he said no, the Shepard salad has the tomatoes and cucumbers not the Mediterranean. I remember seeing it on the menu so I double checked later and sure enough I was right. He waiter just apologized and didn't offer us anything for the mistake. When we ordered entrees I was looking forward to the doner kebab platter. But the manager said it was dry now and recommended we order something else like the mixed grill. He just wanted to upsell us. My girlfriend ordered the doner anyway and it was fine. It was Friday night at 730pm and there's no way one of the most popular dishes is already "dry". Unfortuntely I ordered his recommendation and it was an oily mess on a hot plate. Lamb stir fried with peppers tomatoes and mushrooms. Something that I can easily make at home. What a waste of a meal. Stay away from this tourist trap. Clearly theyre just trying to cheat customers with more expensive choices and not following the menu. The bread was hard too.
Posted by Christy on 12/12/2011
My husband is from Turkey so I have tried a lot of Turkish food in both Turkey and the US. Smyrna was the best Turkish restaurant I've tried in the US! Our appetizer was the mixed plate with four generous portions of rich and tasty dips served with amazing fresh, hot out of the oven bread. Hubby said it tasted "just like Turkey". I ordered the Hunkar Begendi or Sultan's Delight. It was perfect! That is the one Turkish dish I pride myself on making quite well, but this was the best I've ever tried! I never got to try it in Turkey bc it is very time consuming to make so it's not offered everywhere. The wine, desserts, service, and atmosphere were all right on! Great place, I'll go back anytime I'm in NYC!!
Posted by Judith on 12/03/2011
I dined at Smyrna last night, along with 6 friends. The first time for me and my husband. We were all very, very pleased with our experience. As we had limited time, we opted for ten side dishes to share - all delicious. The Turkish wine was excellent. Generous by the glass servings as well. I read the negative review of one customer below, and can only believe he must have been at a different place. Consider this a complete rebuttal.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/09/2011
Checked out all the positive reviews here on menu pages and decided to go prior to a night at the theater with my girlfriend. Knowing restuarant row, the expectation of value was minimal since most restaurants on 46th are overpriced, but typically you still feel rewarded. Not for us this time however, and perhaps it was just our choosing of entres but value and food fell way short. First off, I have never received a smaller glass of wine. Small glass filled 1/3 of the way for 9 bucks. I should have said "check please" right there. We ordered a zucchini cake appetizer that was excessivly greasy and completely doused in sauce. Not appetizing at all. Then we ordered the mix chicken grill to get a variety of options and the homemade manti (turkish dumplings). First off, I have had more chicken on a fast food sandwich than what came combined with the chicken dish. A couple kebab nuggets, a chicken wing with the meat pounded thin, and a "log" of their grounded chicken. Raw tomoto, cabbage, and red onions on the side. 20 bucks? Insutling. And then the dumplings were these tiny tastless morsels in a bowl completely covered in a yogurt soup. The menu says (under chef's suggestions mind you) steamed to perfection served with seasonings and garlic yogurt. It was not simply seasoned, it was tiny dumplings hidden in a bowl of white yogurt slop. Who eats a pool of hot yogurt? Must disappointing dish I have ever ordered. Maybe I don't know Turkish food very well and just ordered the wrong things. Atmosphere was ok, and staff was friendly so can't fault them there. Anyway, $80 bucks and that's the last they will see of me.
Posted by Phillipa H on 10/20/2011
Our family visited NYC from Australia and found Smyrna. The food and service were excellent and happily the children loved it too! From the start with homemade fresh Turkish Bread and their appetizer platter to the chicken and lamb dishes and Turkish pizza we were very satisfied. Oh yes the wine (think it was Turkish) recommended by the waiter went down very well too!! ! I highly recommend this restaurant
Posted by UD on 09/05/2011
Delicious food. Much recommended. Try the chicken shish kebab and beyti kebab. Smyrna Salad with pomegranate sauce is out of this world.