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Gazala Place

Map & Directions 709 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10019
  • Israeli, Middle Eastern
  • Daily 11am-11pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, Discover
  • Takeout, Delivery, Vegetarian Friendly, BYOF
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • BYOB
  • Not Accepted
  • Street


Village Voice's Description

According to chef Halabi Gazala, Gazala Place is the only Druze restaurant in the United States. Druze are an insular tribe that spreads across the Middle East (the chef grew up in Israel), practicing a religion related to Islam and Greek Gnosticism. The food is mostly familiar, but with some incredible twists. The pitas, for example, are thin, whole-wheat, gigantic, and cooked on a domed contraption in the window. Also displayed in that window are a range of mainly vegetarian flaky stuffed bureks, which make perfect carry-around meals. The menu runs from grilled meats (pick lamb kafta) to salads of phreak (smoked wheat) to bread dips featuring eggplant and fava beans in various combinations.

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  • Bravo on 12/02/10

    This is an amazing little middle eastern/Druze cooking. My friend turned me on to it on my last trip to NYC. Incredible, authentic food. Really fresh and interesting -Susan Feniger, Top Chef

  • Village Voice on 02/23/11

    Get the burek-it comes with a choice of several different stuffings (feta, feta and spinach, or feta and sun-dried tomatoes) and one makes a good meal, especially if you get a side of babaganoush!

  • Farah A. on 06/05/12

    Make sure you try the spinach and goat cheese bureka.

  • frank g. on 06/20/10

    The appetizer platter is amazing...a nice mix of middle eastern standards. Everyone here is super nice and who doesn't love a BYOB!

  • Adam L. on 01/19/10

    Don't forget to BYOB.

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