Le Turtle

3.6
137 reviews
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Contemporary American
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Le Turtle brings Contemporary American flair in a fine casual establishment to your plate and delights all your senses with its bright and beautiful space. Le Turtle offers a seasonal menu with wide array of vegetable forward shareable plates and staple large format dishes, such as famous Sasso Poulet and the 90 day Dry Aged Cote De Boeuf.
The restaurant is laid back and rustic but also cool, featuring wraparound booth, pine wood banquettes and neon light installation. French and natural wine bottles are available.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Modern European
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Mon 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm
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(646) 918-7189
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Victor Amarilla
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J Bowery 157 m
F 2 Ave. 327 m
B D Grand St. 340 m
Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
8.7

Le Turtle is a Lower East Side restaurant that we almost thought was a joke. Turns out the joke’s on us.

Ratings 8.5-9.0:Now we’re in the range of absolutely excellent restaurants that you might go to more than once a year/lifetime. These restaurants tend to define a city, and make up the places that you absolutely cannot miss if you want to have any credibility as a restaurant-informed person in a major metropolis.
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d
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant closed upon arrival. No advanced notice, and reservation confirmed a day in advance. Due to open reservation could not make another reservation at same time at another restaurant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Showed up to the restaurant to it being permanently closed after being asked by Open Table to reconfirm the reservation 24 hours prior.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

THIS RESTAURANT WAS CLOSED AND NO ONE INFORMED US!!!!! -_-

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It’s closed. Stop listing it.

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GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant closed and did not notify us. We showed up and had to scramble to find somewhere else to eat.

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M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Planned a nice dinner with four friends to find that this restaurant closed down permanently without any notice. I wished that Opentable had given us a heads up. I also find it annoying that I was actually able to book for that restaurant when it was already shut down. Luckily we were able to find another reservation quickly.

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MN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we got to the restaurant there was a sign in the window that said "We are permanently closed". Not a fun night for us.

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BN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

IT'S CLOSED!!!!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Made a reservation here, showed up and the restaurant was closed. Not sure why my reservation was taken in the first place.

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PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, despite gimmicky menu, marred by poor service. Unhappy, inattentive, inexperienced all on display. Too bad, cool room, good music. Tighten up the process and this place would make a much stronger impression. Very much mispriced for such poor execution up front.

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TF
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for a birthday and they gave us the best seat in the house after noting it was for a birthday in the OpenTable reservation.

The food was outstanding and the service was stellar.

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TL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food-- like incredible! New tastes and creative cuisine. This was an amazing experience top to bottom. Fun and super creative atmosphere with very attentive and friendly wait staff. Eat here now!!!

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JA
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience. Ambiance - food- service was excellent!!!

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T
New England
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visiting NY for my wife's big B'day. Looking for creative meal in a not stuffy place. Hit the jackpot with Le Turtle. I was a bit concerned when I saw the relatively small choice of dishes. The waiter explained the deal: it's designed for sharing. Four of us shared 2 small, 2 medium, 1 large from the 3 sections. Every one was awesome. The Poulet from the large meal (only 2 choices, chicken or beef; we're not beef eaters generally) was just incredible. Whole chicken cooked in some flaming way. They bring it to show you while it's flaming and then cut it up. Crispy skin was to die for. Was melt in your mouth moist. Before that, mushroom risotto (our friend said he doesn't like mushrooms and we got it anyway and he loved it. Can't recall what kind they were) was sooo tasty). Corn porridge (never heard of that) just yummy. Octopus with some crunchy stuff- loved it. Can't believe I'm blanking on the other small plate (but I'm drinking wine right now). Only 2 dessert choices and we rarely do much dessert but we shared some hazelnut something or other, cross between a cake and a mousse and it was perfect. tasty and not too sweet (I'd have preferred the chocolate selection but it was my wife's b'day so her choice). Forgot to mention that my wife and friend had some sort of tequila cocktail and they loved it. He ordered a second (we're not big drinkers). I think we were the oldest people there by about 40 years. Looks like a hoping place for the young crowd. We had a relatively quiet place in the back corner. Got a bit to noisy for easy conversation toward the end when it filled up ( we were the first in at 7:30 on a Friday night). Service was great. Attention, friendly, not stuffy. Really loved this place. Only problem- no decaf! I guess they don't expect old folks. Our friend was fine with that but I gotta have my decaf coffee of any kind to top off a great meal like this. only disappointment. Great choice for her B'day.

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ZC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was so nice and delicious. Amazing seat and service, food was incredible.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Outstahhhhhnding. Great drinks 😉

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A
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Inventive food and great staff. We are cooks and grown out vegetables at home, so we only venture out to restaurants with unusual food. The flavors and ingredients, quality, and the sharable dishes definitely make eating here a special occasion. Very nice for larger groups too. The waiters know the dishes and wines very well and not tentative about making recommendations. Don’t over order because the dishes are rich and filling. The ambient music was a bit too loud when we arrived but they turned it down, which is a good sign they are paying attention. Manager stopped by to welcome us which is a nice touch.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was tasty, from cocktails and wine, to food. This place was criticized severely in NYT review from two years ago and seemed it paid attention. NYT should return and try again.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, livelier after 7pm

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L
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the inventive food. Need to improve wine list...

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DM
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Very limited menu. Overpriced. Wines were good. Service was good. Carpaccio was disappointingly fatty and pickled scallions were an odd combination for it. Salad was excellent.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The chicken was amazing!

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P
Dublin
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very nice 3 dishes experience (artichoke with applesauce, then grill squid) with marvelous white wine. Although I was alone bartender and host were very friendly with me. Very nice dinner

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was superb, wine list mediocre at best. A French restaurant needs more burgundy! . We had the poulet and risotto.. fantastic.

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ED
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Interesting meal. It's a good restaurant, all dishes were cooked very well, but something was missing. Maybe it felt too inventive and lacked a little soul. But overall I would recommend it.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great fun ambience.
However: Vegetarian/ vegan options are not substantial - no protein, all carbs.
Dessert options too narrow, not good.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Everything was great, food was excellent. As we wait a bit for our starters and entrees, they offered us another glass of wine.
The only thing we found really below the rest was... wine. We tried 3 reds, all available by glass (19 to 23$/glass) and all disappointing. All were French, (we are too), all were too young.
The food was so good and each dish so perfectly balanced that I would recommend to suggest a wine pairing.

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W
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

You could die trying to get a piece of bread!

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal! The chicken is absolutely lights out, and the three dishes we shared beforehand were fabulous.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately, the experience was very disappointing. The door would not close all the way, making it rather cold. The food was surprisingly flavorless.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Lovely food and drink.

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J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Steak is phenomenal great experience, I will go there every chance I get

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Tasty interesting food. Why, though, do they need to set the chicken on fire, bring it to the table, show it off and then take it back to the kitchen to cut it up...?

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J
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Very happy with this restaurant. Only downside was they forgot our mains but comped us a round of drinks. Other than that the food was delicious - definitely try the chicken (probably the most expensive chicken dish I've had but definitely worth it). Food plus 2 glasses of wine came to about $90 (incl tip and tax).

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l
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

I don't understand the restaurant...all I can imagine is that is a tourist trap and return business is not a priority. It is def not French...more of a Spanish vibe to the food/drinks. We had 2 drinks and 4 very small plates...dropped $200+ and we were starving - got pizza on the way home. Our first order was a cheese dish that was just peculiar...a weird cheesy beet soupy thing. They offered nothing like focaccia or toast points, which it screamed for...no idea how to eat this. A spoon? Next we had a pasta of some kind that was pretty reminiscent of mac and cheese - I don't even recall the other two completely forgettable dishes. The deco was cool and a lot of effort went into the vibe which was also cool but the staff was pushy in every way...pushing drinks and pushing you to order the priciest dishes of chicken or beef. The drinks were tasty but stingy. In fact, the whole experience felt very stingy...giving you the least food/drink for the most profit. We left feeling hungry and totally fleeced. It would have been so easy to lift the offerings with extras that really would not have cost much more for Le T - too bad. Really poor form all the way around.

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C
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was too conceptual and all of it lacked flavor and salt.

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J
New York Area
376 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the Sasso chicken which lived up to its reputation although the accompaniments-4 small fingerling potatoes, a spoonful of chicken liver mousse & some dressed greens were meager.
Our server reccomended the cauliflower as a starter. Four florets again with a handful of dressed greens, were good but over priced for the portion size. The hazelnut financier could have used some ice cream for a change in texture & temperature. Overall, we enjoyed the meal.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was good. The crab pasta was excellent. Waitress recommended more food than was necessary. Ambience a bit more local restaurant than I was expecting considering website recommended business casual attire. More shorts and T shirts.

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DD
Tampa
35 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

This place was recommended to us and we didn’t do the research that we would normally do. There are 8 appetizer dishes to share and 2 main course selections, also to share. There were 3 of us and we chose 3 appetizers and one chicken main. We chose beef carpaccio (good but too many competing flavors for my taste), eggplant (okay) and the octopus (excellent) The chicken was very tasty at $69. The beef entree was priced at $95 or $135 for the larger portion and the people next to us said it was very good. I thought the food was good but there wasn’t enough choice, and I thought it was pricey. We all agreed that it was good but all agreed we won’t return and would not recommend without explaining the limited choices and the pricing.

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SK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of the best chicken dinners I have ever eaten!

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