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Posted by khaled on 03/05/2011
i travel from Boston to new york each occasion just to stop at Yemen cafe i ve known this restaurant for more than fifteen years and it is still the best
Posted by anonymous on 09/10/2010
After reading all the glowing reviews, below, I thought I'd give Yemen Cafe a try. Though I arrived at 1:45, intending to have lunch (the menu clearly says lunch menu is available until 3 PM), I was told only the dinner menu was offered. So right away I ended up paying $18 for a lunch dish for which I intended to pay $11. What did I get for my $18? A small bowl of decent soup. A little salad with good dressing. A round of decent bread. And a plate of rice topped with a few veggies and, alongside it some lamb. The lamb, when you extracted the bone (most of it)and the fat (much of the rest) comprised a few ounces of decent lamb. All, in all, nothing special, and the denial of the lunch menu at lunchtime was grating.
Posted by Ray on 02/18/2010
If you love lamb, then you'll feel right at home. The size of each serving is nearly enough for two. Then again, if your not so crazy about meat there are several vegetarian dishes that will keep your taste buds happy. Don't forget to try out the tea. Its the best I've ever tasted.
Posted by Brooklyn Heights Resident on 11/25/2008
My husband and I come here often because of the quality of food and service. The decor, other than the large salt water fish tank, can use a little help but it's definitely not a deal breaker. The lamb dishes have got to be the best I've ever had. If you like lamb, you definitely have to try this place. The bread is also fantastic. Always served fresh out of the oven, hot, crispy and chewy and the size of a 10" pie. The staff is super friendly and always giving us some extras on the house. I have made it my mission to try everything on the menu.
Posted by A Local NYKer on 03/21/2008
The Place has the greatest food in the world. It combines all the types of food of the MID East, from north to south and from east to west. They serve all types of Middle Eastern food, but the Yemeni dishes are the most delicious. Very hospitable, w welcoming people, love you more if you are a Non-Yemeni to make you feel welcomed. I have eaten there for every meal, Breakfast- Kabdah- or Small Meats- Beans or Fasoliah- With Tea ( best ever). Lunch , has Varity of meats, Haneed( Cooked in Oven) , masloq( boiled) , Saltah ( stew soup in very traditional Yemen Bowl) Kabsah( tossed meat with rice and mix all together) and traditional Yemeni bread.
Posted by hansi on 10/09/2007
This place is a long time favorite of mine. The food is always delicious, and the people are welcoming. Most of the people there are from the local muslim community, and they can be a bit shy when outsiders are there. But if you are friendly to them, your friendliness will be reciprocated 10 times.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/05/2007
I grew up in the middle east and eating at the Yemen Cafe took me back to all the wonderful foods and flavors I grew up with. As soon as we walked in, we were welcomed by a very friendly waiter and the wonderful aroma of roasted lamb. The meal started out with a delicious lamb soup, and salad. My husband and I also had the yemeni tea, which was really good. We then split a dish of roasted lamb which was out of the world. The lamb literally fell of the bone, and the accompanying rice was delicious. It was truly a memorable meal and I can't wait to go back. (I never write reviews but this place really exceeded my expectations)