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General Info
With its deep red walls and skylight dining room, Pasha is one of the best Turkish restaurants in North America. Anyone who wants to take a "magical carpet ride" to Istanbul in a very elegant and comfortable ambience and warm and friendly service should visit Pasha.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (212) 579-8754

Phone: (917) 261-2516

Fax Number: (212) 579-8754

Payment method
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Price Range
$$
Neighborhoods
Lincoln Square, Upper West Side, Upper Manhattan
AKA

Pasha Inc

Pasha - NYC

Pasha Turkish Restaurant

Pasha Turkish Cuisine

Categories
Mediterranean Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Middle Eastern Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mediterranean, Caterers, Family Style, Take Out, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Middle Eastern

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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stevenmeyman

02/25/2011

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Overall
better than decent

The food was good, fresh, but nothing to rave about. The flavors were a little on the weak side, but certain items like the lamb chops held their own. The service was great, and the ambience was welcoming and enjoyable. Not sure with the plethora of amazing restaurants in NY, that I will be returning very soon.

TheTripChick

02/07/2011

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Overall
Food was just average

We were searching for a place to meet friends who were also visiting New York City. A good in-between spot appeared in the form of Pasha. We were all up for Turkish, so we made a reservation and hit the subway northward.

First course, the Coban Salata (Shepherd's salad): chopped cucumbers, tomatoes, tender long green peppers, red onions and parsley tossed with extra virgin olive oil and vinegar. It was nice and refreshing, and whetted our appetites for the main course to come.

For the main, I chose Tavuk Gogsu Sarmasi, which was a marinated chicken breast stuffed with rice, pistachios and currants, served on a bed of sauteed spinach with white wine tarragon sauce. The chicken was good, but not knock-you-on-your-arse, need-to-lick-the-plate-good. It was a little dry but the tarragon sauce helped with the dryness. Overall decent, but not really something that made me want to come back and try Pasha again.

Our table split a dessert, the Kaymakli Kayisi (Poached apricots filled with creme fraiche, sprinkled with pistachios). I make this dessert often at home, and I am definitely biased but I prefer my own version of this dish.

Our server was pleasant and helpful but the food wasn't good enough to warrant a return trip with all the other amazing options that are available in the city.

luckiestman

08/08/2009

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Overall
hospitable employees. yikesss!!!!

Pasha… I love Pasha restaurant. You can easily discover how Turkish hospitability is in there. So far I have dated 3 Turkish ladies from Pasha, and they really knew how to make people “happy”. Besides food and service is fantabulous. You will never forget…

oceanblue99

07/25/2009

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Overall
SIMPLY FANTASTIC!!!

You cannot say that you've had Turkish food unless you've made a stop at Pasha. We started with artichoke hearts and lamb dumplings in yogurt sauce wich were very delicious! All of the meat, including the yogurt kebab, was fresh and tasty. They had a pretty reasonable wine list too. The service is excellent-our server was a very charming young Turk, who was very attentive to our requests. He was very knowledgeable about Turkish food and very fun to talk with. Well, worth trying out. Note:if you are really hungry be sure to order an app.

UpWest132

07/14/2009

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Overall
Beautiful Decor

Not wanting to travel far, I took my wife to this little restaurant because it was conveniently located just a few blocks from our house.
The food was excellent however the service was really bad. Our waiter seemed more interested in the party of ten (10) seated in the middle of the restaurant. He only came over once during our entire meal and that exchange consisted of a quick ""Everything O.K?"" without even waiting for a reply. We had to wait to order our food, wait for a glass of water and even wait for our check. Now I know why we passed this restaurant by all these years.

xilonic

04/27/2009

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Overall
Good food, mediocre service

Great Turkish food, almost everything we tried was delicious. Ambiance is pleasant and relaxing. Portions are somewhat small however quality is high. Service is mediocre: our server was always away, instead the busboy was reluctantly handling our requests. We had to ask twice for a change of plates and another dish to order.

tybi2008

03/23/2009

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Overall
Oops - I rated the wrong establishment

THIS REVIEW WAS MEANT FOR PASHA THE NIGHTCLUB.

Very fun place to dance. Wish the crowd was hotter and less ""greasy"" but otherwise a very fun night that ran into the morning.

DrinkingupNYC

01/27/2009

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Overall
Great Dinner Date

I was taken here over the weekend for a date and I have to say that this is a really great restaurant. The food was really good and the atmosphere was really relaxing and intimate. I had some crazy chicken dish with a name that i cannot prenounce and my date had fish that he seemed to really enjoy. Everything on a whole was terrific. Will definitely return

barbara0123

06/14/2008

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Overall
Very very good. Great lamb dishes.

This side street restaurant is one of the best on upper west side. They have very good lamb dishes. Hunkar
begndi is one of them which is my favorite. Cubes of braised lamb over eggplant puree, very delicious.
Other must have at this restaurant is Manti, little lamb dumplings with yogurt. Great place with very friendly and genuine stuff. Everyone , manager, hostess, waiters and buspeople great you with big smile and make you feel like you are Sultan. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a great dining experience.

bullensign

05/18/2008

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Overall
Not great, not bad

The decor in this Upper West Side Turkish ""brassiere"" was nice, relaxing and a great environment to dine. We had a great corner table and the server seemed very nice. However, he didn't know too much about the Turkish wine we ordered, though he did say it was close to the taste of a Pinot Noir, which, in fact, it was. I was impressed with the wine and it was only $54. It was a 2004 Kavaklidere. There were other wines similar to a Bordeaux for about $34. For the level of quality and given it was sold at a restaurant, I thought the price was reasonable for the bottle. I ordered the lamb shank which was not that impressive. It was not as tender as I had expected, I was looking for a texture similar to an Oso Buco. The eggplant appetizer was a puree, again not expected, and it have the texture or the flavors I expected. The yogurt lamb was fanatastic and would recommend it over the shank. The grilled eggplant was cooked to perfection that accompanied my shank. The highlight of the evening was the baklava with whipped cream. This was truly the best baklava I've ever had. It was not as sweet as most baklavas and had great balance of nuts and honey. Texture was perfect. I'd go back just for that. The Turkish coffee is made in a machine and not made in the traditional ""gizvit"", which lent to a blander flavor. The prices are very, very reasonable with entrees generally under $20. Not a hip and young foodie crowd, most of the patrons much older than I had expected which lends me to believe that this restaurant had been serving good food for a while and it's not a fly by night trendy place that will vanish after the current food craze is over. Overall, not terribly impressed but impressed enough to go back if I have a craving for grilled lamb or chicken. For great lamb or chicken, I still think the food stand on 6th and 53rd is the best in Manhattan. And for the money ($5), you'll get more flavors and food than you expect.

nancybe

03/26/2008

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Overall
Great, but why do they play spanish music

I love this restaurant very much. They have great food, excellent and friendly service, very good cozy place, and very good looking men. One thing that I do not like and do not understand why the hell do they play Spanish music. It's a Turkish restaurant after all. I would even understand lounge or english music but not Spanish. Please stop Salsa music at this great place.

kathrynkoonce

01/09/2008

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Overall
Outstanding service-even for large groups.

We held a work event there with over 20 people. We didn't have a final head count until the last minute and they were very relaxed and accommodating about this. We felt as if we had our own wait staff. We never had to ask for anything-they always seemed to be there with water, more bread and wine. The service was outstanding, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere was cozy and comfortable. Everyone had a fantastic time-and didn't want to go home! I never write reviews but feel Pasha deserves the highest recommendation!

pamela777

07/30/2007

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Overall
Very Good

I love this restaurant for few reasons. Very good food, very good & friendly service, and very attractive atmosphere. And you get all this with very reasonable price. One more thing, attractive people at the door. ;)

enfs

01/19/2007

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Overall
best staff,best manti and baklava

I have been at Pasha 2 times and never get regret.The first time was on Saturday,it was so busy we were be waited at the door for a while but when we sat and got the Manti , forgat all our long waiting time.The second time was on Tuesday ,it was the best time , not so crowded ,we were seated at the best table by pretty Turkish girl who has the greatest smile I have ever seen . Waiters are so kind and friendly ,You must make reservation ;otherwise you can wait at the door, but weekdays are the best .non waiting,the best welcomed and food.I will be there next wednesday and try tavuk gosu kablama and kaskul .

asommelier

10/31/2006

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Overall
Dependable Turkish Restaurant on the Upper West Side

I've been to Pasha on several occassions and while the service is sometimes uneven, the food has been consistently good and satisfying. I've had the chicken stuffed with pistachios (?) and some of their lamb dishes. The desserts are very good and of course I recommend the Baklava. The wine list is decent (not the best) but it works. The waitstaff is generally friendly but needs more polishing. Please don't get me wrong, they are not rude in any way, but there are moments when they seem to rush in between courses and can't wait to take that plate away from you. They have a nice bar upfront that may be a good setting for cocktails/drinks even if you don't decide to eat there.

lila2000

10/05/2006

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Overall
Romantic atmosphere and excellent food !!

This restaurant envelops you into a warm and exotic atmosphere the minute you walk through the door. You feel as if you are no longer in NYC and have been transported to Istanbul. The staff are well versed on the offerings and extremely attentive. All this combined with exquisetly prepared and presented food works well to create a wonderful dining experince. I highly recommend this restaurant.

mwe

09/06/2006

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Overall
avoid it by any means

as long time resident of the west side , i wanted to try this restaurant with 2 of my friends visiting from LA on a friday night.The whole nightmare started the moment we walked in .There
was no one at the door to greet and seat us , as i was trying to see if anyone can help us to seat , a middle eastern looking man with a thick 5 o'clock shadow came up to the front ,without a smile or saying hi, grabbed some menus and seated us .When i asked for a different table than the one we had been seated , he came back with the biggest attitude ,reluctant to give us an other table although the restaurant was empty.Since it was our first experience with this cuisine , i asked for some recommendations from our waiter .First he showed no interest in telling us a little bit about the dishes then, he pointed out a few of his favorite ones .As i was ordering my food , i asked a few questions about the wine list ; boy had no clue !!! Not only had he lack of english ,he didnt know anything about the turkish wines they serve at all!!!
The last straw on the camel's back was the little mickey m-ice we all saw peeking at us around the corner by the flowers in the main dining room.By that time i had already made up my mind that i wasnt going to stick around for dessert.Even though it took more than 10 minutes to get my waiter's attention to get the check ,we were finally out of this place and I AM NEVER GOING BACK!!! if you are smart , you would do the same

ayris

08/14/2006

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Overall
Great pre-fixed menu, decent service, great food. Attractive decor, intimate setting

Went here on a lazy Sat afternoon looking for a place to have lunch. We checked out other restaurant menus along the way, but wanted to go somewhere we could sit outside w/o being in a high traffic environment.

Service was pleasant enough and got what we needed.

What was fantastic was the food. It was served promptly on cute clay dishes, though some were chipped it just added to the rustic feel. All three of us ordered the pre-fixed, shared a bottle of wine, and enjoyed this fantastic meal for $130 including tip! For three people to get a very tasty three course meal that offered a variety of (choice of salads, hummus...etc. for apps and different types of chicken, lamb or fish as entrees) options, it was a great deal. The portions were just right and I didn't feel hungry or overwhelmed by meal.

In addition to the food, I really liked the setting. When you walk in, there is a dimly lit bar that leads to another room. It felt like you walked into someone' livingroom. It was great catching up with my girlfriends over a nice meal, a good bottle of wine, in a setting where it wasn't noisy, we weren't rushed, and had a chance to enjoy the sun w/o all the sidewalk traffic. This is nice for a small group, but do not recommend for groups over 4. The outdoor terrace will not accomodate.

msschecter

08/04/2006

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Overall
Worth the price any day!

I discovered Pasha several months ago with a friend and we have gone almost weekly except during the summer. We LOVE the food, expecially the Menti, calamari and the baby lamb chops are to die for. Our favorite waiter Edu is a doll, very attentive and friendly (and cute too). We've tried a few others but keep going back to Pasha.

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