08/23/19 6:00am

Mustafa and Deniz Gulsen with their children, Sudenaz and Mustafa, and Deniz’s sister, Demet Bozatli (top right), and the family dog, Bella. (The Gulsen’s eldest son Yunushan also works at the restaurant.)

Asked about the many praises heaped upon his restaurant, Turkuaz Grill owner Mustafa Gulsen rattles off a handful of honorary designations the listicle-friendly restaurant has received over the years.

“Let’s see, there’s ‘hidden gem,’ ” he says, “[best] under the umbrella [dining], on the waterfront …”

The list goes on.

Of all the titles given to the Turkish restaurant over the years, though, there’s one that’s most special to the staff: a family business. (more…)

08/24/14 1:10pm

Turkuaz Grill

Ever since it first opened several years back, the staff at the Riverhead News-Review has always had an affinity for it.

In the days after the Turkish eatery opened, staff photographer Barbaraellen Koch left a menu on just about everyone’s desk. Police reporter Paul Squire doesn’t like to eat anywhere else.

It is a restaurant you might not have tried in a riverfront location you might have overlooked, if not for the great word of mouth.  (more…)

02/08/14 12:00pm
PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | My go-to meal: a chicken shish-kebab combo dish

PAUL SQUIRE PHOTO | My go-to meal: a chicken shish-kebab combo dish

I never knew I liked Turkish food. Frankly, I’d never tried it before.

But thankfully, something — the wafting smells from the kitchen or the cheap prices, I can’t remember — brought me into the Turquaz Grill on the downtown Riverhead riverfront one day about three years ago. Since then, the cozy little restaurant has been my go-to for a filling meal on a tight budget. (more…)

06/08/13 3:00pm

Turkuaz Grill

Authentic Turkish cuisine can be found right here on the North Fork, tucked in the shadow of the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center.

The Turkuaz Grill, a cozy Mediterranean restaurant a stone’s throw away from the Peconic River on McDermott Avenue in Riverhead, features fresh cooked delights from halfway across the globe.

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