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Istanbul Kebab House
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Ranked #3,595 of 13,826 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$6 - US$30
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Turkish
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Neighbourhood: Midtown
Description: Our Story PREMIUM FOOD SINCE 2010 We are proud to serve you one of the healthiest and most well-balanced Mediterranean food in New York City. Our recipes took centuries to develop and traveled from civilization to civilization, continent to continent, country to country, and now to America. Our dishes are prepared freshly upon order, using authentic recipes, traditional cooking methods with finest ingredients. Since the day we opened our doors for business, we have worked hard to earn a reputation of providing the highest quality of service available.
New York City, New York
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Frequent customer yet less now...”
Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

We used to come here a lot. Weekly if not more. Yet recently we have not as the service and the food quality has dropped extensively.

The service is very mixed yet most of the time it feels your inconveniencing the staff and they are not pleasant. They seem to get a new server every few months who always manages to get the order wrong.

The food now is good yet the portions are far less than what they used to be. We ordered shawarma/gyro large plate and it would take only about 5 bits to finish and the remainder was rice and veggies. When asked about more chicken or lamb they said they were out. We also ordered a whole gosh that was small compared to other places and very undercooked. Perhaps it was the hour we ate yet even so they were still open.

Very disappointing experience.

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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
1,820 reviews
591 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 934 helpful votes
“Tasty, fresh & affordable lunch specials”
Reviewed 8 February 2014

Stopped in here today with spouse for lunch. 11-4 daily lunch specials about $6 each. Had a falafel pita and a lamb shawarma pita (included a drink). Friendly service (waiter from Azerbaijan) and delicious food. Restaurant is on the small side (6-8 tables) but the food is excellent. Free delivery available with $15.00 minimum order. Look forward to going back.

Visited February 2014
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent Lamb Kebab”
Reviewed 3 January 2014

Lamb was tender and lean, rice flavorful. The falafel was the freshest, BEST I have ever had.
Really small place with take-out available. Only five tables.

  • Visited December 2013
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Livingston, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
147 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Whenever we are in New York, we come here..”
Reviewed 1 January 2014

The food has always been delicious when we have come here. It is a small restaurant with a few tables. They probably have a lot of takeout orders. Many locals seem to eat here. We have had the soups (lentil, chicken noodle), the sharwma platter, chicken kebob platter, falafel sandwich) which were all tasty and freshly prepared. We recommend this place and visit whenever we are in New York.

  • Visited December 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Tiny Mom & Pop Place w/Good prices.”
Reviewed 13 November 2013

There are only 4 or 5 tables, so it gets really crowded at lunch. We went for dinner and had lentil soup (squeeze the lemon in and add a little salt), a large mixed grill called Istanbul Special Kabab (delish & enough for 2) and 2 Snapples. Bill was $42. Our waiter, Ramiz, was a young, attentive and very friendly kid from some obscure country like Uzbekistan or Kyrgystan. He was also very honest. He actually returned my $10 tip because he thought I put extra money in the folder by mistake. Talk about an unexpected gesture in The Big Apple! Great little find for some tasty Turkish food, which you can also order to go.

  • Visited November 2013
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