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Sahara East

Map & Directions 184 First Ave.
New York, NY 10009
  • Egyptian
  • Daily 10am-4am
  • All Major Credit Cards
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout, Delivery, Private Party, Catering
  • Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
  • Beer, Wine
  • Accepted
  • No Parking


Village Voice's Description

The chicken couscous at this Egyptian cafe is as good as it gets, bathed in broth redolent of root vegetables and cinnamon. It's served in a tajine, an earthenware platter that keeps the good smells in until the waitress removes the pointed cover with a flourish. We also went for the moussaka, a baked preparation of eggplant, tomatoes, onions, and herbs, and the lamb chops fresh from the halal butcher just down the block and grilled to perfection. The dining room is comfy, and a row of hookahs is provided for use by the patrons (tobacco only, please).

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  • Adeel R. on 09/24/11

    Management is extremely rude. Take your business elsewhere.

  • CRUZ M. on 06/11/11

    I got assaulted by the staff here! Dangerous, scheming & bad people! Gang affiliated. Don't go!!

  • Jared B. on 12/15/09

    Awesome mint tea. Order the Mustafa special hookah. It's not on the menu. Just ask for it. They'll know.

  • Monica M. on 10/07/09

    Some of the best shisah in the East Village. Make sure you get tea with mint as well.

  • Michelle M. on 04/19/13

    I've never had a problem. When I went, David was working. He is one of the nicest, most personable and genuine people you'll meet.

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