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Posted by Anonymous on 04/24/2008
Stopped by for lunch during the week on two separate days - had hummus (good), babaganouj (very good smoky flavor) falafel (light , fluffy & not greasy) sandwich and a salad- the food was tasty & fresh - only complaint, aside from the sandwich the individual portions of hummus & babganouj are on the small side but it is worth the trip
Posted by Anonymous on 04/01/2008
I was =disappointed by the delivery I ordered. The salad was wilted and boring and the hummus was tasteless. The pita was more like a thin tortilla than fluffy pita and the chicken kebab was charred and tough. The rice was the best part of the meal.
Posted by -LG on 03/22/2008
This place is such a great value and the food is so incredible. It is simple, authentic Middle Eastern food that is so right on it will take you there. The first time I went was right after the NYT review and it was a disaster- the place could not keep up with the new traffic and was out of everything and the waitress was subpar- but when we finally ate the food was great. Since then they've gotten up to speed -the food is still great and they have better help and really try to accommodate everyone in such a small place.
Posted by J. on 02/28/2008
After reading the review in the Times, I checked it out today. The falafel was fine, but the pita was really good and unique. The service was great, everyone was super nice and friendly. They had fresh baked burekas cooling by the door, definitely need to try those next time.
Posted by EBK on 02/25/2008
After reading great reviews on menupages, my boyfriend and I stopped by Gazala at 8:45 Saturday night to take out dinner. I am a native NYer and used to people being rude at times but this was an all-time high even for me as I've never been treated so rudely in a restaurant. I have no idea why the waitress was so rude and copped such attitiude. The other waitress was pleasant enough although clearly harried but our waitress (who tried to run the show) was completely inappropriate and out of line. We tried to place an order for 10 minutes and were completely ignored. We were told the food would be ready in 10-15 minutes...we waited at the front of the restaurant until almost 25 minutes with no one wanting to even acknowledge us. We only got our food after my boyfriend went to the back of the restaurant and asked where our food was...only to be told that it had been ready for 10 minutes! Was the food good? yes. Was it exceptional? No, not even sort of...clearly not enough to have to put up with the attitude we were given! I have eaten in some of the best restaurants in NYC as well as some of the biggest dives and even the ones with the worst attititude did not compare to the way we were treated at Gazala.
Posted by Jonathan on 02/06/2008
I discovered the restaurant by accident when I walked by it and read they had Burekas. The food is sublime with spices delivered fresh from the owner’s mother in Israel! Authentic cuisine served in a friendly, quaint atmosphere. Incredible value. The owner and chef oversee everything. One of the best dining experiences I have had in the city. I highly recommend this place. The Hummus, Babaganush, Tabouli, Tehini, and Labane are incredible.
Posted by Les on 01/09/2008
I had a feast at Gazala's Place before a 730 Broadway play, and both the food and the service turned out to be great! It is hard to find a non-touristy meal in the neighborhood and Gazala's Place certainly rouses authentic flavors and New York's melting pot soul amidst kitschy facades of recent and vapid gentrification. One of the best middle-eastern restaurants in the city and exceptional food for all enlightened low budget gormandizers!