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Dining Review: Turquoise

Since opening in 1998, the Turkish and Mediterranean eatery Turquoise has had two iterations: the original in Mamaroneck, which suffered a fire in 2004, and a second in its current home at 1895 Palmer Avenue in Larchmont.

The fire, “a blessing in disguise” says owner Emin Acar, did nothing to discourage fans and long time patrons from going the extra mile to find the restaurant nestled between two other Larchmont favorites, the Globe and  Lusardi’s. 

What to Love:

  • Healthy and authentic Mediterranean cuisine
  • Moderate pricing
  • There is now a full bar
  • Consistently good food, consistently good service
  • New lounge area replaces booths at front
  • Music and belly dancing free on Saturday nights
  • Family friendly, yet perfect date spot

A blessing, in that Mr. Acar believes the new location was close enough to keep the “family” (as he affectionately calls his customers) coming and also appeal to a new cross-section of European ex-patriots and open-minded folks that appreciate the ethnic flare.

Chef Mustafa is Turkish and has been in charge of the kitchen for almost ten years. That spells consistency and authenticity.

The dolma, (stuffed grape leaves) is always fresh and seasoned lightly, while other typical meze offerings like babaganus, humus and ezme are teeming with flavor –  a meal in themselves when served with fresh veggies for dipping or warm, puffy pita. Vegetarians won’t be bored.

When I am watching my weight and  ”eating healthy,” Turquoise, is often my first pick. Even their heartiest dishes, such as succulent kebabs of chicken or lamb, are always fresh and made to order. Their fish, such as bronzini and durado, are void of heavy sauces, leaning instead on simple yet tasty variations, either broiled or sautéed. Eat them the traditional way – whole with head intact –  or have them de-boned.


If you want lamb, you can count on Turquoise.  For years, I was afraid to go down that road.  But after finally tasting the beyti – a delicious fusion of chopped lamb, onion, garlic and herbs that is  molded and char-grilled – I am a true convert.

Need To Know:

  • 1895 Palmer Ave. Larchmont
  • Phone: 914-834-9888
  • Website:
  • Price Range– $15-25
  • Reservations and walk-ins welcome
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • To Go Orders: pick up only
  • Hours: Noon-11 pm daily (bar may be open later)

And the baklava never disappoints  -never. In 11 years of dining at Turquoise, I have yet to have this Mediterranean pastry served any way but light, fluffy, and drenched in honey and freshly chopped pistachios. A small plate of the traditional desert along with the most robust and full-bodied Turkish tea served in little glass cups is the perfect sweet ending to your meal.

The atmosphere is comfortable and definitely cool, whether you sit in the exotically painted bar or at the tables, under the most colorful lamps this side of the Ottoman Empire. Owner Emin Acar or manager Necdet Kasimoglu is always there. They seem to know everyone by name, often asking about your latest trip abroad, or how the children are, and often giving a hearty hug. They are so open, welcoming and charming, you can imagine being transported somewhere overseas where the restaurants never close. It’s as if they have been waiting for you to walk in the door all day.

If you haven’t yet, it’s time to learn for yourself what so many others in the area have know for a long time:  Turquoise in Larchmont is a real “Turkish Delight’.

Laura Smith is a writer, on-air personality at 106.7 LITE FM, voice-over artist and proud, long time resident of Larchmont/Mamaroneck. When asked what she makes for dinner, Laura replies, “Reservations.”

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11 comments to Dining Review: Turquoise

  • Hank Winkler

    Great review, and spot on!! Having frequented the Turquoise many times myself, I can confirm Ms. Smith’s review.

    Hank Winkler

  • Bernadette Acompora

    Great Review! I am getting hungry! Will definately check it out! Always looking
    for new places.



  • Josh Diaz

    I Like Turquoise. They have great Sigara Borek
    and Seafood Cooscoos.
    The Service is great. I Know a guy who runs the place named Neshget
    I Would give it a 5 star rating.
    Very Beautiful Dining Room.
    Only 1 Problem, There is no public restaurant.

  • What do you mean, “There is no public restaurant”?

    I ate there last week, and I’m a member of the public….

  • jane

    I think they meant no public restroom!

  • jane

    I don’t know? Just makes more sense maybe?!

  • Laura Smith

    Turquoise does have two restrooms actually!

  • As someone who has dined at Turquoise, I have to differ with Ms. Smith’s assertion that the restaurant “appeals to a new cross-section of European expatriots.” Potential diners should not fear that its appeal is limited to Europeans who have renounced patriotism. While at Turquoise, I have overheard European expatriates speak favorably of their home countries.

  • Laura Smith

    In no way did I mean to imply that the restaurant only appealed to foreigners that have “renounced” or denounced their patriotism to their own countries.

    “Ex patriot” in its colloquial sense, generally means and is used for a foreigner living in a new land as described in this definition linked to by

    “An expatriate (in abbreviated form, expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country and culture other than that of the person’s upbringing or legal residence. The word comes from the Latin ex (out of) and patria (country, fatherland), and is sometimes misspelled (either unintentionally or intentionally) as ex-patriot or short ex-pat (because of its pronunciation).”

    Indeed, Turquoise welcomes, accommodates and appreciates every one of their customers and one of the hallmarks of eating at Turquoise is the wonderful hometown feel, mixed with a global vibe.

    Being someone who grew up most of my young life in various countries overseas, Ex-Pat was the term for any of us residing in another country to our own–and loving where we came from too!

    Thank you for your comment Mr. Block. I would never want anyone to feel there was an ‘exclusionary” tone to the review.

    Best Regards, Laura Smith