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Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2007
schwarma is not so good. salad is funny tasting. fries take forever ....falafel sandwich is the best and cheapest. it doesn't ever let me down, like most of the other dishes do. be careful ordering drinks. they charge a ton!
Posted by Deane on 02/10/2007
This is one of the few places left in the heights from my childhood. Yes, a few issues. Occasionally you can get some dry chicken in your shwarma and I once had a really sketchy falafel (whole chickpeas... WHAT?). HOWEVER, as other reviewers stated, it's Amir's, it's been here forever and it's good, inexpensive food. In 23 years I think I've been displeased with my food once - not a bad record really. At a time where I see the hood rapidly changing into something unspeakable it's nice to know there is room for an old 'nabe place. Believe it or not you actually used to be able to get edible (and *gasp* affordable) food on the regular. I love Amir's. I can always get exactly what I want. The menu has been the same foreeevvveeerr and the prices don't change a whole lot either. My fave is the Chicken Shwarma and the milk pudding with rose water is to DIE for. If I could bathe in it, I would - really. The service is top notch, the food is good and the price is right. It's too bad some reviewers here have lumped it in with the rest of the tripe now available in this area. I have to say, IMHO, they are totally wrong! It's something delicious and entirely apart.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/02/2006
You can find much fresher and better tasting sandwiches elsewhere in the city. It's a place mainly for college students craving Middle Eastern food, but the food is not so great. The sandwiches are filled mainly with lettace, the falafel sandwiches are below average, the hummus is overpriced, and the tabbouli is not fresh. However, the guys are nice and the place is clean.
Posted by Anthony on 08/13/2006
The tabouleh was dry and hard to like. Not enough lemon and oil. The Falafel was very crispy (deep fried) but it was actually good. They dont' put enough tahini on their falafel balls though. The place was clean and quiet.
Posted by Old school on 08/08/2006
Amir's gets extra points just for being around for freakin' ever. Some of the comments have some justice, however: chicken and pita sometimes get dry -- but just sometimes. Most of the time, the food is moist and fresh and delicious. But here is the real secret when ordering: get the chicken schwarma with tabouli and tahini, but INSIST that they mix up the chicken and tabouli BEFORE it goes in the pita. Otherwise, they just layer it in, and the flavors don't mix. Trust me: do the above, add hot sauce, and you will have the best schwarma you have ever tried in your life. Amir, are you listening? Fame could be yours. This should be the signature, offical Amir schwarma, top of the menu. This should not be a the well kept secret it is today...
Posted by Anonymous on 07/02/2006
aAmir's is fine if you're running between classes at columbia. it's not bad, but not great. i like the chicken schwarma pita. the garlic sauchas a strange consistency, the hummus bland, but it's fast, not overpriced and may be healthier than a slice.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/17/2006
Amir's is great. I love the french fries and the pita pockets are good too. Trust me, I am a big fan of middle eastern food and at this price the food is really good. The owners are really polite and the place is very clean.