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Jul 28, 2011 11:28 AM

Turkuaz in Riverhead

Turkuaz moved into the old Hizir Baba spot near Atlantis (Aquarium). They glitzed up the place so it looks more like a restaurant and less like a take out joint.
Fabulous transformation!! Excellent food. Typical Turkish menu with some nice specials every day. Wraps, kebabs, gyros, felafel, hummus, babaganough, soups all fresh and tasty.
It looks like a family operation. The servers are very attentive.
They have a few outside tables where you can watch the river. Very nice!!
Highly reccomended for lunch or dinner.

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  1. We ate there a month or so ago, everything was perfect...the food, the service and the riverview. We'll be back. I especially liked the flatbreads cooked like pizza (wish I knew the correct name). I could make a meal out just those, but it would be a shame to miss all the rest.

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    1. re: coll

      The Turkish pizza is called Pide. We get one for a shared appetizer.

      1. re: Motosport

        Thanks, think I'll stop there after Mardi Gras next week, unless I find me some mighty rad gumbo!!

        1. re: Motosport

          I could be wrong, but I think Pide is more like Pita: the bread. Lahmacun is more of a Turkish pizza.

      2. Is this the same Turkish family/restaurant that used to be in the strip mall in Riverhead just before the traffic circle?

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        1. re: roxlet

          Don't know but this is the second Turkish place to open in this spot.

          1. re: roxlet

            Ate there once and loved it. Closed not too long after. Trying to remember the name...

            1. re: MacTAC

              Wasn't it called something like Turkish Kitchen ?

                1. re: emarcus

                  I may have misunderstood but think they're talking about the Turkish restaurant that was in the shopping center on Rte 58 where Staples is now, across from the hospital. It closed about 8 years ago.

                    1. re: emarcus

                      That's it! They were insistant that they were better than Pita House, but then they were gone. Having eaten there lately, I will say that MAYBE he was right.

                      1. re: coll

                        It was Sultan's Kitchen (in the old Pancake Cottage spot and now Ground Round) and run by the same family. It's good but the menu is not as extensive as Pita House. Then again, it is a lot closer to home.
                        We manage to get lunch there at least twice a week.

          2. Turquaz has good food. I liked the mixed appetizer platter.


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            1. re: Fred19

              Updating with review from NYTImes; I will try to visit for dinner soon. Any tips on what to order based on recent visits will be welcome!


              1. re: erica

                <<"On an island stymied by monochromatic flavors, I’d call it a destination.">>

              2. re: Fred19

                I was there last week and it was very hot and damp inside. I was told that the air conditioner was broken. They stopped making the delicious Turkish bread because the do not have their oven any more. The food is still good, but they seem to have other issues. Maybe someone's misplaced idea about cost control.


                1. re: Fred19

                  Their issue is they got flooded in Hurricane Sandy, the kind of thing that would have closed down a lesser place. Took them awhile but they are back!