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Mediterranean, Turkish
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Table Service
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Lincoln Square
0.5 km from American Museum of Natural History
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Reviewed 10 February 2020

Menue is quite limited but interesting. We had meze which was mostly satisfactory. Service was nice but somewhat slow. Not all hot dishes arrived warm. 2-3 were actually almost cold.But altogether-good experience.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 27 December 2019

Basically Turkish fare but not the run of the mill - dishes are delicious, well prepared and unusual. The service was outstanding

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 18 December 2019

This is a delightful restaurant. Cozy, quite pretty, quite buzzy, with a reasonable noise level. We were there on a weeknight on the late side...about 9:30...and while the place was almost completely full, they found a table for us even though we did not have...a reservation. The food was excellent. I had the fava bean bruschetta and Manti, and my wife had a greek salad and a quinoa hummus salad. All were excellent, but be warned...the salads are enough for two people. They have a small but OK selection of beers and quite a large wine list. The service was impeccable, and everyone was very friendly. The owner/host was very welcoming and checked on us several times to make sure we were happy with everything. The kitchen closes at 10:00pm, but we ordered quickly and did not feel at all rushed at the end of our meal. Prices were relatively modest. If you like Turkish food, and we do, this place is hard to beat. It is clearly one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 5 November 2019

Welcoming, pleasant atmosphere where we had great food, service and a delightful evening of easy conversation. We very very pleased with the wine selection that accompanied out lovely dinner. Also, we found it a delight to be at a restaurant where we could easily hear...each other. Service was polite, knowledgeable offering insight into our dinner options.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 8 July 2019

Leyla is a new Turkish restaurant on the Upper West Side of NYC. We went for dinner with friends on a Sunday night. There are many tasty appetizers like the Greek Salad, Fava Bean Bruschetta and Vegetarian Pide. It was enough to share among 5...people. We also shared 4 main dishes which were Freekeh Risotto, Lamb Burger and Falafel and Parmesan Encrusted Chicken. The risotto was strange, the burger was okay, the falafel was not great and the chicken was fine. When we go back (and we WILL go back) we will order more appetizers. The staff is incredibly nice and knowledgeable about the menu.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 2 July 2019

This was a rustic Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant that was very good, although I must admit that I wasn’t crazy about my main course. (My fault.) Our appetizers were good; falafel, zucchini fritters, and more, which balanced great ingredients with thoughtful seasonings. We polished off 3-4 different...“small plates” of these before our main courses arrived. For my entrée, I had the “eriste,” which was a mixture of pasta, lamb, sumac, cumin in a brown yogurt sauce. I know it was good, but it didn’t really tweak my personal tastes, and I didn’t finish my full course. I also felt the same way about my dessert, which was a pistachio mash with honey and homemade ice cream. I know it was good, but just not my taste. The service was very good, and the place is beautiful inside. To summarize, this is a very good restaurant that puts great food on the table, but it just wasn’t “me.” I would go back with other people, but I probably would not go back if by myself. I would gladly recommend this place though, as I know it is my own tastes that limited my enjoyment. It is a very nice place.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 6 June 2019 via mobile

We set a reservation for 8 which included 4 children under 12 years of age, 5 to 12, and 4 adults. This dinner was to congratulate our grandchildren on school graduation as well as a 12th birthday. One week after the reservation was created and...2 days prior to the dinner they called us to inform us of a $75 minimum for 8 people on Friday nights including. We could not work out a middle ground. They were unforgiving!!!More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 5 June 2019

My wife and I went here for dinner (a "significant" birthday for her), and enjoyed it very much. Everything we ate and drank was prepared beautifully and with great care as to flavors. Our server was friendly and helpful. Plus the restaurant noticed the mention...of the birthday on our reservation and found a simple but sweet way to mark the occasion. We will definitely be back to this neighborhood gem!More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed 19 May 2019

Hands down the best restaurant on the Upper West Side by far. Some of the best food I have eaten in Manhattan, period. Incredibly busy and packed for a reason. I cannot believe how incredible the food tastes. I'm eating there twice a week now...it is so amazing. I am now addicted.More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed 1 April 2019

This a spanking new beautiful venue. The staff is warm and welcoming. The servers are knowledgeable and helpful. The cocktails are innovative and the wines good and reasonably priced. The food is excellent. Among our favorites were Eggplant Caviar,Zucchini fritters and Branzino.Georg was a fabulous...serverMore

Date of visit: March 2019
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  • Leyla is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 4.5