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Taksim

1030 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10022
nr. 54th St.
212-421-3004

Avg. Rating

5
Food: 5
Service: 5
Décor: 4
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

42% would go back.

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best Turkish food in town

By kamielleshaffer on 3/14/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I just revisited this restaurant with my Turkish husband this weekend and thought I'd let everyone know how much better the food is. It recently changed owners and they brought in a great Turkish chef. Definitely a must if you love Turkish food!

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42 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

Recommended

By esli on 12/12/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

very good food

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80 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

Great Neighborhood Standby

By 10022girl on 12/2/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Run by a young and friendly Turkish group that prepares fresh and delicious food - tender lamb, outstanding stuffed vine leaves, and a good range of appetizers and Turikish wine in a cheerful casual environment. Granted the hummus is not as good as it was under the name Efendi, but the change to cheer from the war zone Orhan created in the kitchen is worth the tradeoff. In a neighborhood that has relatively fewer cuisine choices at modest prices than much of Manhattan, it is a treasured neighborhood joint.

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149 out of 277 people found this review helpful.

Just Plain Ole food

By food_smoothie on 5/27/2005

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

I was hungry and had some time to kill so I stopped in to this little turkish place.. I tried the humas It seemed very dry..like it was sitting out for a while... the chicken was my main course and a similar result.. dry on the inside almost over cooked... anyway.. no atmosphere and very plain....

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279 out of 599 people found this review helpful.

Dry and Tasteless

By a_food_guy on 1/6/2005

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

after my boyfriend and I walked back from rock center we stopped at this place tried some of the doner and bean dishes.. not a great idea... felt it was very dry salty .. the bean had no real taste...

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254 out of 566 people found this review helpful.

Taksim has GREAT food. I love this place

By anp on 11/29/2004

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food here is phenomenal. If you are familiar Greek food you will be very familiar with this cuisine. I haven't eaten anything I didn't like at Taksim. The appetizers are superb; try the elephant beans, the zucchini and eggplant salad, the cheese burek or the artichokes. You can't go wrong with anything you order. On the main courses, the lamb dishes are wonderful as is the doner and the grilled fish is fantastic. Try the turkish Efes beer. And, you must finish with a Turkish coffee or tea and the splendid baklava or rice pudding. It's a small, noisy place, but the service is friendly and the food is beyond belief good. Yummy. I keep going back here.

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281 out of 569 people found this review helpful.

nothing to write home about

By foodchick on 9/29/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 2
  • No, I would not go back!

my husband and I were on our way back from a movie and went in to this restaurant for a bite to eat. I tried the beans and they realy were'nt very good and a small portion.. the doner was very dry and the service i felt was a little slow concidering the were 3 tables occupied.. so like i said really nothing to write home about

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240 out of 526 people found this review helpful.

Nice try, But orhan u aint

By nikkifoodluver on 6/9/2004

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

I dropped by the old efendi tried out the "same" menu.. seems the words are the same ,, THE FOOD "NOT" EVEN CLOSE.....

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275 out of 559 people found this review helpful.

Definitely NOT the same FOOD

By goodfood4me on 5/24/2004

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

My girlfriend and I were looking for a cozy place to eat on the eastside (50's) and rememmered Efendi was there. so we went by .. Noticed the name change and went in anyway... I ordered the moussaka, and my girlfriend the Doner.. it was NOT the same food. just average at best,....ORHAN WHERE ARE YOU.???????

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237 out of 527 people found this review helpful.

Efendi is a "Critics' Choice" for good reason

By Julie9552 on 11/3/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This restaurant is terrific. It is inexpensive, yet the food is great. Because I am in the neighborhood, I have eaten there several times and always try different dishes. I have not been disappointed. The service is wonderful as well. The staff is Turkish and could not be more friendly. The reviewer who claims that a waiter yelled at him must have really done something to provoke the situation...

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