Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pasha Restaurant - A Turkish Delight in Upper West Side

 I was in New York one fine day and driving around looking for a place to park the car on the Upper West Side when I came across a spot right in the middle of 71st Street between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue. This was pure "Kismet" because this street turned out to have the best Turkish restaurant I have been to in New York City.

Pasha Restaurant in the Lincoln Center area is a favorite with Upper West Side locals offering wonderful Turkish food made just right.  Since Turkish food is the cuisine we cook at home, I am usually not too thrilled with eating out at Turkish restaurants but for Pasha I can always make an exception.  Every dish we had was perfectly prepared and memorable.

Kofte Kebab Served with Grilled Vegetables

We went for lunch and had the Kofte Kebab , Sigara Boregi (Turkish Eggroll with cheese), Tarama and Yaprak Sarma (Stuffed Grape Leaves). They were all excellent but the Kofte Kebab was superb and the Tarama (one of my favorite dishes) was to die for.

After lunch came a desert plate of Baklava and Sun Dried Apricots with Pistachios which was another delightful surprise.  The Baklava was very good but the Apricots which I don't usually eat turned out to be out of this world.

We sat in the front section of the restaurant which was tastefully decorated like a small European bistro although there was a bigger dining room in the back with a skylight. The decoration was quaint, the service impeccable and the food marvelous. I have been recommending Pasha to everyone I know ever since.

Pasha Restaurant
70 West 71st Street
New York, NY 10023
Tel:  212-579-8751


  1. Your article about Turkish food is really awesome and this meal looks delicious. I love Turkish food very much and i have tried many Turkish recipes which i got from YouTube , recipe books and many other website at home .

  2. Welcome to Zesty Moments,

    Thank you so much. I will be posting some recipes here soon so keep an eye out...