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Posted by FL Anonymous on 07/19/2005
I could not decide between the Shawarma Pita or the Falafel Pita so I got both. All I can say is "WOW!" The Shawarma was amazing. It's enough to make it a routine stop in NYC every time I pass through. The Falafel was very good, but the Shawarma stole its thunder. Ezra was grumpy as I have read, but I agree its part of the charm. It's a cute little shop. Good Eats!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/07/2005
I was there today during lunch. Sat right near the register with my friend. The place is teeny tiny or as most New Yorkers would call it: "cozy". There were super tasty falafels & shwarma, the barakas (little pastries filled with spinach) were ridiculously amazing? not superhorribly expensive, and for those who are interested, cute boys frequent it during the lunch hour. As others have mentioned, there's also the delightfully grumpy man who shouts your order and makes you sit down when it gets too crowded. I think he's part of the charm, frankly.
Posted by robin on 12/29/2004
The place is a dive but I like dives. It's a tiny place--maybe four tables--, the owner's right there, he was friendly to me but if you're friendly to him he'll be friendly right back. The roasted eggplant salad is out of this world and the falafel are the best I've had almost anywhere, and they're served with tasty, fluffy Israeli flat bread rather than the usual boring from-the-supermarket type pita.
Posted by Dr. Joe on 12/23/2004
Don't be fooled by its 'decor' (or lack thereof), what lurks beneath is arguably the best kosher falafel, shwarma in the area. Try the soups, too!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/19/2004
Ezra Cohen may be the biggest grump but it's part of his charm. Think of him as the soup nazi of Israeli food but he can be a charmer when he wants to be. The food is absolutely fabulous- he puts a lot of love into it and I'd say this place is the best for Israeli food.
Posted by Food Adventurer on 07/06/2004
Fabulous and fresh Israeli food with charmingly grumpy service and atmosphere. A unique New York experience!
Posted by Someone on 05/24/2004
Food was excellent... Service was fine for me (did not go during lunch or dinner rush)... Very good prices for the quality of food... Atmosphere left much to be desired (takeout is the way to go).