All Reader Reviews of...
1431 Third Ave., New York, NY, 10028
at 81st St.
By dal8 on 3/1/2003
I went with a group of 30 students from Lehigh University, in PA. We expected small servings and were given approximately 10 courses. The food never stopped coming! It was all delicious. The owner was very friendly, starting conversation with us at the table. The waitors ran to us if they thought we needed anything. The experience was wonderful. I can't wait to go back!
stick w/meze and you'll be fine
By lala_c on 8/11/2003
A dinner of the various meze dishes will satisfy you w/out feeling stuffed to the gills. The vegetarian sampler is a nice way to start, and then build from there. Terrific mashed eggplant, hummus, and garlic cucumber yogurt dips; the stuffed grape leaves were tender and flavourful. The octupus is marinated in onions, herbs, and tomatoes, making up for the sometimes dry texture. The jig may be up for the "chicken special", which seems to appear on the menu too often to be special anymore. It is a plate of juicy, but generic grilled chicken on a bed of bland rice - too skimpy to justify the cost. Lesson learned, stick with the mezes. A real minus is the staff. The staff is friendly but slow and not attentive enough. Last time I went, we divided the bill between cash and a credit card. This lead to 20 mins. of repeatedly mistaken charges, refunds, and apologies.
By strini on 8/29/2003
I happen to be strolling up 3rd Ave with my mother and it was an excellent find. The food was good, the service was good and best of all was the price. We spent just over $40 for both our meals and drinks. The portions where just right to fill you up and work all the taste buds. You get a very personal touch in this restaurant - and all of this was on a Monday night, I would like to see whats in store for me when I visit on a Saturday night. I highly recomment this place as I have been to Turkey and can make a good comparision.
The most stressful restaurant in NYC.
By egsamame on 3/12/2004
We have never seen a more strung out restaurant with waitstaff and management running at an unreasonable pace. Its all about turning over the tables (we witnessed a table re-set in <45 seconds). Food is marginal at best, decor is poor and there is nothing to love here. The most enjoyable part of eating at Beyoglu was leaving... stressed out!!
Don't miss this one!
By UES_foodie on 4/29/2004
Great dining experience! I don't know what the reviewers are talking about that didn't like it. The food was fresh and delicious, the service impeccable, the decor was interesting, and the price was almost too reasonable. Maybe it's better during the week than on weekends, i.e. less busy. We loved it and can't wait to go back with friends. This is the first time I've felt compelled to write in- to offset some of the negative reviews. I'm glad I didn't listen to them!
Terrific Upper East Side Turkish
By zeecee on 5/17/2004
Whether you're noshing on the appetizers (meze), the delicious tomato/cucumber salad, the best eggplant relish anywhere or devouring the yogurt/garlic soup, you'll immediately recognize you're in for a treat. There isn't an enormous selection of main courses, but you're sure to be okay with the grilled fish or lamb kebab. Everything is nicely done and reasonably priced. In warm weather the doors and windows open to the outside, so it's pleasant and airy. Their bread is fabulous! Dinner should run in the low $30 range, a good choice for this neighborhood.
Cheap and Delicious
By frk040 on 8/22/2004
Great list of Meze's - avg. price $4.00 - everything from hummus to sardines wrapped in grape leaves. Service attentive & pleasant - no rushing. Ate on quieter 2nd floor - windows opened on a warm summer night. Overall very good food and service. Dinner for 4 (one drink, 2 bottles San Pel., 1 iced tea) including 6 meze's and 4 main courses a bit over 100 bucks.
By ian on 2/13/2007
Beyoglu is one of my favorite restaurants in New York, and one of a very few reasons I ever trek up to the Upper East Side. It is well worth the long haul up to 81st street. The prices are good, and the food is even better. A great place for both large groups, and intimate dinners. I highly reccommend it as a date spot. The fish is always good, especially paired with one of their Turkish white wines (I believe the one I love starts with a K... the waitstaff is always helpful as I stumble to try and find it on the menu). Although you may have to wait if you haven't made a reservation, it is New York, so that should be nothing new... Also, although the tables may get turned around fast once vacated (a plus for anyone waiting for that table) I have never felt rushed to finish my meal, or leave my table. Basically, I highly reccomend this place to anyone.
Loved the vegetarian dish
By senigalia on 10/24/2008
I ate at Beyoglu last night and loved the food. The service was excellent. I wanted to order the whole fish special but I was concerned about the bones. The waitress offered to bone it herself and she did a wonderful job. The fish was delicious. I am looking forward to coming back.
one of the best restaurants in nyc!!!
By hayalkoc on 11/16/2008
1) delicious food 2) unbelievable prices 3) attentive waiters 4) hip, fun ambiance what more can you ask for?! the turkish food is very well prepared and the service is perfect. i highly recommend this place!!!
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