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Posted by Anonymous on 09/23/2011
Finally a good Middle Eastern restaurant on the upper west side. While the 9th ave location is more quaint and quieter, the food in both places is wonderful. Great value and portions, tasty middle eastern dishes, especially the appetizers. I prefer sitting outside in the uptown location, as the indoor space is a bit noisy, but no great obstacle. The service and food excellent in both.
Posted by UWS102 on 08/10/2011
Like paying close to $200 for a handful of appetizers and a "special" dessert plate that includes 3 chips ahoy cookies straight out of the bag? Then you'll love this place. The 3 of us shared 4 skimpy appetizers and a bottle of our BYOB wine. The apps were ok but nothing spectacular and the portions were mingy at best. I'll admit the apps looked nice in a spare, diet-plate sort of way--the portions of hummus and baba were mere dollops the size of a half dollar. But the "special" dessert platter was the kicker--$25 for a plate with a selection of their desserts. The portions of these "selections" would have been tiny by doll house standards but the worst is that because they were out of one of them they substituted 3 stale chips ahoy cookies instead! (And, no, these cookies are not listed on the menu as part of their regular offerings!) We couldn't believe they served us those cookies with a straight face and asked if it was a joke. But the waitresses are cute and very flirty and just laughed it off. The guys lapped up the attention and flattery that was delivered with each course, but even they thought that $200 was too high a price to pay for mere flattery. The bottom line is that if you're looking for good food instead of a date, do yourself a favor and go elsewhere. There are plenty of real restaurants on the UWS.
Posted by freelamp2000 on 04/09/2011
On a recent trip to NYC, my husband and I discovered a new restaurant on the Upper West Side called Gazala's. It is on Columbus Avenue (across from the Museum of Natural History) and you have to walk up a few stairs to reach the front door. What a culinary delight it was! If you like cegars, homemade pita, hummus, kafta kababs, lamb, and salads, you will love this place. We look forward to eating here again on our next NYC getaway.
Posted by NJS on 02/25/2011
Gazala's Place is hands down the best Middle Eastern food I've had in NYC in six years. I'm really shocked at the negative reviews as the food is amazing, the space is very cool, and the service is always great. I've been there twice in 2 weeks and just ordered take out tonight. The portions are great and the flavor of the chicken kebab will make you a believer. Gazala's is only for those that appreciate real Middle Eastern.
Posted by GNG on 12/13/2010
Gazala’s offers disappointment and earned my disrespect. I went with a friend and we ordered the babaganush, moshakal, and a special which was a zucchini stuffed with rice and topped with a “tomato sauce.” The babaganush never came. The moshakal was a combo of lamb, chicken, and kafta and the lamb was so fatty that I spit most of it in my napkin. The zucchini was one of the better things we ate which meant it was mediocre. It came topped with a “tomato sauce” which I am convinced was a can of Campbell’s soup condensed tomato soup. The biggest surprise was when the check came and the zucchini special cost $25.50. The price of entrees was $13-$17 so we were shocked that zucchini filled with rice would cost so much. I left feeling taken advantage of and completely unsatisfied.
Posted by Upper West Side Resident on 10/27/2010
All the food was excellent (particularly the fish), as was the attentive service. The yogurt based dessert was out of this world. My only criticism was that the pita bread was not what i am used to--it was too doughy. The space is so different than the Hell's Kitchen space -- about 10 times the size.
Posted by Herb on 10/20/2010
Walked by and walked in for a terrific experience. Unique and interesting new tastes in a super athmosphere. Sevice was effiecent and friendly. we'll go again