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Posted by notzagat on 05/14/2014
We went on Mother’s Day and had a great experience. Turkuaz offered its regular Sunday brunch buffet at usual $24.99 price, very reasonable. Seating was comfortable, restaurant interior was darkish but daylight let in appropriately. Unique décor featuring much drapery and many Turkish (?)/Middle Eastern items. Numerous servers were always clearing away plates and refilling water. Restrooms were downstairs, so bit unaccommodating. The buffet items included 2 kinds of chicken: roasted chicken parts with bones in herbs, and chicken chunks in spices, both tasty. There were also a fish in spices, a dish resembling lamb souvlaki, and ground lamb rolls—all quite good. Lentil soup was hearty and outstanding. Grilled veggies were out of this world. Babaghannouj was so smoky I thought the stuff came from an ashtray … excellent. Even their rendition of mundane egg salad was superb; it had a very understated Middle Eastern spice flavor. Zucchini pancakes were good. Tzatziki, hummus (all kinds) and other dips were great. Pita-like bread was crisp and fresh. There were in addition: a dish similar to stuffed cabbage in a terrific sauce, stuffed bulgur OK, fried rolls filled with spinach or cheese which were fantastic. We didn’t even eat the 2 kinds of rice offered. Various salads (eg white bean salad), were all good. They had a whole okra dish that my companion loved, noting the rarity of getting an entire okra. Dessert items were fruit bowl, almond pudding. Baklava was almost too sweet and tad soggy. A mimosa and coke ($10 and $3 respectively) were not included in buffet tho coffee was. Some reviewers far more expert than we were in Turkish/Middle Eastern cuisine had significant criticisms, but for us the bottom line was we like what we ate authentic or not, whether there was inclusion of canned components on occasion—to us everything was prepared properly and not overwhelmed by spices.
Posted by nyc mom on 04/29/2014
Do not go there if you have children. They should have a sign of NO KIDS allowed. It's more romantic and you have to whisper when you talk. There were only 4 tables occupied but somehow it took them too long to bring the food. The girls that fills up the glasses with water looked like she hated to be there(looked very distracted and never smiled)
Posted by Litttlej on 01/27/2014
The open buffet for brunch is fantastic. It's all-you-can eat which is unheard of at most restaurants. The salads were suburb, the hot dishes (which included meats) were delicious. Especially good was a hot spinach and rice dish, baklava for desert along with several puddings, the cold dishes included hummus, cucumber & tomato salad, and white egg salad...and much, much more. I took a big group here for brunch and was treated royally.
Posted by CU Prof on 10/03/2013
Our cold appetizer plate was good. The bread was very good. My wife's entree of ground lamb dumplings and mine (supposedly of slices of lamb and veal) were very disappointing -- our guess is that considerable aging had occurred in a freezer. I could not tell the lamb from the veal. The portions of everything were plentiful, and the service was very good. Other Turkish restaurants in NYC serve much better entrees. We won't return to Turkuaz.
Posted by Gilda on 07/27/2013
We had a fabulous lunch here today. I ordered the salmon wrapped in vine leaves which comes with rice and salad. Everything was delicious, refined and perfectly cooked. My friend ordered the shish kebab which he said was the best he had had in a long time. The restaurant has a wonderful authentic Turkish atmosphere. The service was ideal: the waitperson was attentive but not hovering over us or interrupting while we were talking. Finished off with a delicate baklava and Turkish coffee. I will definitely come here again and I can't wait!
Posted by Stu on 12/16/2012
The food was awesome. It was well prepared, authentic, and the service was extremely helpful and professional. Turkuaz was very comfortable, quiet, and our party felt like we were in a Turkish village. Can't wait to return.
Posted by Richard B. Joelson on 04/13/2012
Service was quite neglectful requiring waitress-seeking throughout. Watching many others seated after you getting served well before you is never pleasant. Each course took forever to arrive and, not surprisingly, hot items were not hot upon arrival. Lovely atmosphere, but that was just about the only feature that redeemed a restaurant that could have been so very much more.