Turquoise

★★★★★

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Nothing spectacular to write home about. We wanted to try Turquoise from all the raves we have heard from many others. To our surprise, the food was just eh...i've had better. We ordered the calamari, I had the sea scallop...it was ehhhh...

The decor is cute....but for food...I'd go somewhere else.

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★★☆☆☆

Nothing spectacular to write home about. We wanted to try Turquoise from all the raves we have heard from many others. To our surprise, the food was just eh...i've had better. We ordered the calamari, I had the sea scallop...it was ehhhh...

The decor is cute....but for food...I'd go somewhere else.

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Fresh Fish. I love this unknown low key seafood spot on the Upper East Side. The fish is wonderful especially the Chilean seabass. The salads perfect. Everything is served with rice and the same sides. It's always had a great dining experience here.The service is wonderful, I can't recommend it enough.

5
★★★★★

Fresh Fish. I love this unknown low key seafood spot on the Upper East Side. The fish is wonderful especially the Chilean seabass. The salads perfect. Everything is served with rice and the same sides. It's always had a great dining experience here.The service is wonderful, I can't recommend it enough.

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I really liked the ambiance and location of this restaurant. Very hip older 20s and young 30s scene. The food was good but not "oh my god...out of this world!!!!" I enjoyed their appetizers more than I did their entrees but that always seems to be the case with me and Mediterranean food. The wine list was fantastic. Overall a good restaurant....still waiting for a Mediterranean restaurant to WOW me

2
★★★★☆

I really liked the ambiance and location of this restaurant. Very hip older 20s and young 30s scene. The food was good but not "oh my god...out of this world!!!!" I enjoyed their appetizers more than I did their entrees but that always seems to be the case with me and Mediterranean food. The wine list was fantastic. Overall a good restaurant....still waiting for a Mediterranean restaurant to WOW me

Pros: ambiance,food

Cons: small

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Great seafood and flexible menu that allows substitutes.... Everything was outstanding. This place is a hidden gem..

2
★★★★★

Great seafood and flexible menu that allows substitutes.... Everything was outstanding. This place is a hidden gem..

Pros: Food, service and flexible menu

Cons: can't think of any cons

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Me and my wife went for our 7th wedding anniversary. The place looks small from the outside. Not a place you would walk into as its on a bylane. But inside its warm and the turquoise blue color and the bar invites you in. The owner is exceptionally nice and friendly and invited us in by "Welcome to my home". He then went and made 2 portions of 2 different dishes as we were unable to choose between the 2 . Iam not a big fan of white wine but their choices were very good and I enjoyed my wine for a change. The Grouper Carpacio for a starter was excellent. My wife loved her Goat cheese salad. We got the fresh Chilean sea bass in 2 flavours in separate portions and it was heavenly. The Crepe cake for desert was amazing. Its restaurants like Turquoise that makes it worth living in the NY area.

2
★★★★★

Me and my wife went for our 7th wedding anniversary. The place looks small from the outside. Not a place you would walk into as its on a bylane. But inside its warm and the turquoise blue color and the bar invites you in. The owner is exceptionally nice and friendly and invited us in by "Welcome to my home". He then went and made 2 portions of 2 different dishes as we were unable to choose between the 2 . Iam not a big fan of white wine but their choices were very good and I enjoyed my wine for a change. The Grouper Carpacio for a starter was excellent. My wife loved her Goat cheese salad. We got the fresh Chilean sea bass in 2 flavours in separate portions and it was heavenly. The Crepe cake for desert was amazing. Its restaurants like Turquoise that makes it worth living in the NY area.

Pros: excellent food and service that truly pampers you

Cons: its a small place

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I have walked passed Turquoise many times before finally stepping inside. If I had known this would be one of the best dinner i'd ever eat in NYC, I'd have gone in years ago! You have never tasted Sea Bass, Scallops, Tilapia, Tuna like they cook here. Make friends with owner Sammy and request that he build a special dish for you -- trust, you wont regret it!

2
★★★★★

I have walked passed Turquoise many times before finally stepping inside. If I had known this would be one of the best dinner i'd ever eat in NYC, I'd have gone in years ago! You have never tasted Sea Bass, Scallops, Tilapia, Tuna like they cook here. Make friends with owner Sammy and request that he build a special dish for you -- trust, you wont regret it!

Pros: Wine List, Fresh Fish, Friendly Staff, Clean Enviornment

Cons: none!

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Our favorite bartender is BACK!! My wife and i often go to Turquoise for the fantastic fish, but over the summer my wife has missed the bartenders famous Mojitos. He is back now and my wife loves it. We have been going there for 2 years and it leaves all other seafood restaurants for dead. If you haven't been, you are missing out on a great meal and the chance to meet the crazy but very friendly owner, Sammy. He is a blast. We often eat at the bar but over the summer we sat at a table. Everybody takes care of you, from the friendly waiters, gracious manager, our favorite bartender and of course the crazy owner. I dont usually write reviews but my wife insisted. If you are looking for great food, great service and great drinks go to turquoise. 5 stars

2
★★★★★

Our favorite bartender is BACK!! My wife and i often go to Turquoise for the fantastic fish, but over the summer my wife has missed the bartenders famous Mojitos. He is back now and my wife loves it. We have been going there for 2 years and it leaves all other seafood restaurants for dead. If you haven't been, you are missing out on a great meal and the chance to meet the crazy but very friendly owner, Sammy. He is a blast. We often eat at the bar but over the summer we sat at a table. Everybody takes care of you, from the friendly waiters, gracious manager, our favorite bartender and of course the crazy owner. I dont usually write reviews but my wife insisted. If you are looking for great food, great service and great drinks go to turquoise. 5 stars

Pros: Best drinks, Great service

Cons: It gets crowded so you have to make reservations even for the bar

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Turquoise was an AWESOME restaurant to go to. Me and my siblings had a birthday dinner there and it couldn't have been better. The space is small, but the decor is calm and relaxing. Turquoise is known for it's fish dishes which are classics and simple in there own way along with a great selection from all over the globe. The food tasted fresh and clean and was served in a timely fashion. Food was also served hot along with a simple side of vegetables and white rice, sides that won't take away from your main entree's flavor and purpose. The manager and wait staff were all very welcoming and polite, professional in every way. Overall we had a great dinner with great food!

2
★★★★☆

Turquoise was an AWESOME restaurant to go to. Me and my siblings had a birthday dinner there and it couldn't have been better. The space is small, but the decor is calm and relaxing. Turquoise is known for it's fish dishes which are classics and simple in there own way along with a great selection from all over the globe. The food tasted fresh and clean and was served in a timely fashion. Food was also served hot along with a simple side of vegetables and white rice, sides that won't take away from your main entree's flavor and purpose. The manager and wait staff were all very welcoming and polite, professional in every way. Overall we had a great dinner with great food!

Pros: fish, drinks

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Turquiose changed management sometime this past Fall (2008). If you used to go all the time under the previous managament like I did, the changes are a huge disappointment. Now it's kosher so obviously there is no shrimp, it seems like there are less fish options, much more meat has been added to the menu. They changed the delicous bread, and none of that yummy rice is served with your entree. They won't cook the fish to the temperature you like. And it's not cooked simply where you really taste to the fish. It is seasoned as you can get anywhere in the city.
My meal was good and if you never went there under the old management you might really like. I probably won't go back b/c I really liked it for all the little things they took away. (I'm not even going to get into the service) I thought it was perfect before, 'if it's not broke don't fix it.'

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★★★☆☆

Turquiose changed management sometime this past Fall (2008). If you used to go all the time under the previous managament like I did, the changes are a huge disappointment. Now it's kosher so obviously there is no shrimp, it seems like there are less fish options, much more meat has been added to the menu. They changed the delicous bread, and none of that yummy rice is served with your entree. They won't cook the fish to the temperature you like. And it's not cooked simply where you really taste to the fish. It is seasoned as you can get anywhere in the city.
My meal was good and if you never went there under the old management you might really like. I probably won't go back b/c I really liked it for all the little things they took away. (I'm not even going to get into the service) I thought it was perfect before, 'if it's not broke don't fix it.'

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I was told the fish at Turquoise is one of the best in the city and it is... Then on my second visit at turquoise I had lamb chops to check if the quality of the meat is as phenomenal as the freshness of the fish and I happened to enjoy the best lamb chops in the city.
Highly recommended

2
★★★★★

I was told the fish at Turquoise is one of the best in the city and it is... Then on my second visit at turquoise I had lamb chops to check if the quality of the meat is as phenomenal as the freshness of the fish and I happened to enjoy the best lamb chops in the city.
Highly recommended

Cons: None

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It is fresh, tasty, interesting, clean with a beautiful set up and a great atmosphere. Service is wonderful, helpful attentive and not pushy. For starts we had homemade babaganush along with chopped Israeli salad amazing!!! For a main course the owner have made us two combinations that included some of the house signature dished the scallops. Chilean seabass stuffed st peter PERFECT!!!!
Hope turquoise liked us as much we liked them because they will see us very often.

2
★★★★★

It is fresh, tasty, interesting, clean with a beautiful set up and a great atmosphere. Service is wonderful, helpful attentive and not pushy. For starts we had homemade babaganush along with chopped Israeli salad amazing!!! For a main course the owner have made us two combinations that included some of the house signature dished the scallops. Chilean seabass stuffed st peter PERFECT!!!!
Hope turquoise liked us as much we liked them because they will see us very often.

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This city has so much good food, but how often do you get to eat great food and feel as though you, not the dish you ordered are the center of attention. I have had good and bad service experiences all over the city, but Turquoise takes service to another level. No stiff server rattling on about incoherent details, just honest exhuberance from the owner and staff about creating the perfect meal for you. Thanks guys.

2
★★★★★

This city has so much good food, but how often do you get to eat great food and feel as though you, not the dish you ordered are the center of attention. I have had good and bad service experiences all over the city, but Turquoise takes service to another level. No stiff server rattling on about incoherent details, just honest exhuberance from the owner and staff about creating the perfect meal for you. Thanks guys.

Pros: Whole fish

Cons: people will read this review and I'll have to make reservations a week in advance

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Turquoise is an interesting blend of smart-chic Israeli Riviera meets cafeteria. It's a small, cozy, overly-lit room with an equally small, but comfortable, bar at the entrance. It's attractive with a clean, fresh look. Although the room had empty tables my date and I opted to sit at the bar. This also gave us the opportunity to watch as patrons came and went. The menu has an extensive array of fish so if you are a seafooder you'll enjoy it here. There are also a variety of salads (we saw a few being delivered - they are large, too). After a few relaxing drinks we ordered the baba ganoush and baked clam appetizers. Both were delicious. Followed by the Israeli salad, just the right blend of those simple ingredients. Finally we shared the scallops and a side dish of beets. The scallops were perfectly cooked and flavorful. The dishes are very plainly plated on whiteware. All in all, an enjoyable experience. If they lowered the lights a bit it might actually be romantic. The meal (with drinks & cappucinos) came to $95.

2
★★★★☆

Turquoise is an interesting blend of smart-chic Israeli Riviera meets cafeteria. It's a small, cozy, overly-lit room with an equally small, but comfortable, bar at the entrance. It's attractive with a clean, fresh look. Although the room had empty tables my date and I opted to sit at the bar. This also gave us the opportunity to watch as patrons came and went. The menu has an extensive array of fish so if you are a seafooder you'll enjoy it here. There are also a variety of salads (we saw a few being delivered - they are large, too). After a few relaxing drinks we ordered the baba ganoush and baked clam appetizers. Both were delicious. Followed by the Israeli salad, just the right blend of those simple ingredients. Finally we shared the scallops and a side dish of beets. The scallops were perfectly cooked and flavorful. The dishes are very plainly plated on whiteware. All in all, an enjoyable experience. If they lowered the lights a bit it might actually be romantic. The meal (with drinks & cappucinos) came to $95.

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I went here with my fiancé on a Friday night back in February. We had a late 9:30 pm reservation; when we arrived and went to be seated, there was some type of discrepancy since the hostess was missing in action. This resulted in us standing in a small entrance way in the front of the restaurant (they wouldn't allow anyone else to seat us except for the hostess) for awhile which was weird since I felt like we were in the way of people entering and exiting the restaurant. However, about five minutes later (although it seemed much longer) the hostess showed up and seated us. The wait was all worth it after experiencing the exceptional service and food. My fiancé had tilapia stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp and I had a combination platter of scallops and sea bass flavored with white wine, lemon, garlic, and capers. My combination platter was a custom creation of the owner's after he sat down and welcomed us personally! THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING. The fish was cooked to perfection; the salads are also highly recommended (the Greek salad was the best I've ever had; the Israeli salad was also very good and it was different from the norm). The wine list was good. As far as atmosphere- this is a small restaurant which got very loud at times. Overall, if you love seafood, don't miss out on this place! This is #2 on my top ten list of best of all time seafood restaurants!

2
★★★★★

I went here with my fiancé on a Friday night back in February. We had a late 9:30 pm reservation; when we arrived and went to be seated, there was some type of discrepancy since the hostess was missing in action. This resulted in us standing in a small entrance way in the front of the restaurant (they wouldn't allow anyone else to seat us except for the hostess) for awhile which was weird since I felt like we were in the way of people entering and exiting the restaurant. However, about five minutes later (although it seemed much longer) the hostess showed up and seated us. The wait was all worth it after experiencing the exceptional service and food. My fiancé had tilapia stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp and I had a combination platter of scallops and sea bass flavored with white wine, lemon, garlic, and capers. My combination platter was a custom creation of the owner's after he sat down and welcomed us personally! THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING. The fish was cooked to perfection; the salads are also highly recommended (the Greek salad was the best I've ever had; the Israeli salad was also very good and it was different from the norm). The wine list was good. As far as atmosphere- this is a small restaurant which got very loud at times. Overall, if you love seafood, don't miss out on this place! This is #2 on my top ten list of best of all time seafood restaurants!

Pros: Outstanding food quality, great service.

Cons: Small restaurant- it can get loud.

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Excellent food, service and atmosphere. I had the seafood combo and it was absolutely delicious. The clams were delightful. The hostess is a sweetheart. Highly recommended!

2
★★★★★

Excellent food, service and atmosphere. I had the seafood combo and it was absolutely delicious. The clams were delightful. The hostess is a sweetheart. Highly recommended!

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My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience here. The service was great. We were promptly seated for our 7:30 reservation. And it's a good thing we made a reservation because the place was packed by 8pm. The waiter was nice, always checking up on us, and gave us samplers to try. The food was excellent. I usually don't eat seafood, but the fish was fresh and delicious. We had the sesame shrimp, the St. Peter's Fillet, and the salmon fillet. The chocolate souffle dessert was tasty too!

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and I had a wonderful experience here. The service was great. We were promptly seated for our 7:30 reservation. And it's a good thing we made a reservation because the place was packed by 8pm. The waiter was nice, always checking up on us, and gave us samplers to try. The food was excellent. I usually don't eat seafood, but the fish was fresh and delicious. We had the sesame shrimp, the St. Peter's Fillet, and the salmon fillet. The chocolate souffle dessert was tasty too!

Pros: great food, decor, attentive service

Cons: a bit loud, tables too close

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You must try this restaurant. You will not be dissappointed. I called ahead to make a res for my girlfriend and I for after I proposed to her. The hostess was so accomodating and did everything in her power to make the dinner special. The owner sat with us and asked us what fish we liked and prepared an entree for each of us with an array of seafood. The service was incredible and the meal was absolutely delicious. The seafood was extremely fresh and the salads, apps & dessert were equally satisfying. Now I realize we got a little special attention due to the occasion, but the owner and staff were equally attentive to all the other tables. You can hear and see how content the other patrons were with their meal. This is an all-around great restaurant.

2
★★★★★

You must try this restaurant. You will not be dissappointed. I called ahead to make a res for my girlfriend and I for after I proposed to her. The hostess was so accomodating and did everything in her power to make the dinner special. The owner sat with us and asked us what fish we liked and prepared an entree for each of us with an array of seafood. The service was incredible and the meal was absolutely delicious. The seafood was extremely fresh and the salads, apps & dessert were equally satisfying. Now I realize we got a little special attention due to the occasion, but the owner and staff were equally attentive to all the other tables. You can hear and see how content the other patrons were with their meal. This is an all-around great restaurant.

Pros: Great seafood, Exceptional service, Friendly atmosphere

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I am a true fish and seafood lover and often have a hard time finding that perfect fresh piece of fish...until I found Turquoise Seafood Restaurant that is. I had a whole grilled bronzini while my boyfriend ate a whole red sea bass and both fish were unbelievably fresh and cooked to perfection!! We also enjoyed the most refreshing israeli salad that we have ever had. The whole experience was amazing because not only did we absolutely love the food but the restaurant itself is just beautiful. The turquoise ventian plastered walls and the rocks that surround the bar make you feel like you are close to or on the beach. Even the faux ostrich chairs are beautiful!! And to top it off we had the most amazing tiramsu dessert. Every part of our meal was a ten! This is a restaurant that every fish lover must try!

2
★★★★★

I am a true fish and seafood lover and often have a hard time finding that perfect fresh piece of fish...until I found Turquoise Seafood Restaurant that is. I had a whole grilled bronzini while my boyfriend ate a whole red sea bass and both fish were unbelievably fresh and cooked to perfection!! We also enjoyed the most refreshing israeli salad that we have ever had. The whole experience was amazing because not only did we absolutely love the food but the restaurant itself is just beautiful. The turquoise ventian plastered walls and the rocks that surround the bar make you feel like you are close to or on the beach. Even the faux ostrich chairs are beautiful!! And to top it off we had the most amazing tiramsu dessert. Every part of our meal was a ten! This is a restaurant that every fish lover must try!

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Fantastic whole fish. An experience to be experienced more often than not. Friendly informative service, combined with extraordinary fish, provide a worthwhile and memorable dinner. I feel privileged to live so close to this fine establishment.

2
★★★★★

Fantastic whole fish. An experience to be experienced more often than not. Friendly informative service, combined with extraordinary fish, provide a worthwhile and memorable dinner. I feel privileged to live so close to this fine establishment.

Pros: food, service

Cons: none

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After many trips to downtown and midtown for seafood, my boyfriend and I were thrilled to hear about a new place opening up here on the UES; unfortunately, the experience did not live up to expectations. The wine we ordered was unavailable, the appetizer (zucchini medallions) was bland, the tuna was not fresh, and the dorad was below average. Overall, the mediocre food is not worth the price (over $100 for 2), and the atmosphere does not help the situation. We have had much better UES seafood and more at the York Grill and other spots.

1
★★☆☆☆

After many trips to downtown and midtown for seafood, my boyfriend and I were thrilled to hear about a new place opening up here on the UES; unfortunately, the experience did not live up to expectations. The wine we ordered was unavailable, the appetizer (zucchini medallions) was bland, the tuna was not fresh, and the dorad was below average. Overall, the mediocre food is not worth the price (over $100 for 2), and the atmosphere does not help the situation. We have had much better UES seafood and more at the York Grill and other spots.

Cons: below average food

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My girlfriends and I found this gem in the UES. The place had just opened and the place was busy. The food prices seemed a tad high but in the end it was all well worth the price. Their wine list was more reasonable in pricing as we truGreat Gamaly enjoyed the Gamay our server suggested (this after finishing a bottle of Simi Chardonnay first). Sam the owner is fabulous and everyone there is suoerduoer friendly. We'll definitly will return.

2
★★★★★

My girlfriends and I found this gem in the UES. The place had just opened and the place was busy. The food prices seemed a tad high but in the end it was all well worth the price. Their wine list was more reasonable in pricing as we truGreat Gamaly enjoyed the Gamay our server suggested (this after finishing a bottle of Simi Chardonnay first). Sam the owner is fabulous and everyone there is suoerduoer friendly. We'll definitly will return.

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Great Fish, Great Ambiance & A great Isreali Wine List. I would Suggest the St Peters Fish Red.

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★★★★★

Great Fish, Great Ambiance & A great Isreali Wine List. I would Suggest the St Peters Fish Red.

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They just recently opened, but they seem to have it all figured out in terms of food quality, the decor and their service. Youre started out with a little taste of it all - Middle Eastern salad combo (definitely order the refreshing Israeli salad) and from there you have a rich variety of Seafood options, all of which go highly recommended. If you wish to discuss the owners are there for you. The service is "home-made" the owners go out of their way to make sure you order the best they've got and that you're satisfied. Move over, because they will join you at your table, after all you are in their Turquoise house.

2
★★★★★

They just recently opened, but they seem to have it all figured out in terms of food quality, the decor and their service. Youre started out with a little taste of it all - Middle Eastern salad combo (definitely order the refreshing Israeli salad) and from there you have a rich variety of Seafood options, all of which go highly recommended. If you wish to discuss the owners are there for you. The service is "home-made" the owners go out of their way to make sure you order the best they've got and that you're satisfied. Move over, because they will join you at your table, after all you are in their Turquoise house.

 

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