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“Nothing special” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gazala's

Gazala's
380 Columbus Ave, New York City, NY 10024-5104
212-873-8880
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Ranked #2,691 of 11,776 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Delivery, Buffet, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 78th Street
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

With one exception, the food was just okay. The exception: the meat cigars, which were perfectly prepared, delicious and beautifully spiced. Otherwise, the falafel was light, but not fully cooked; the homemade pasta dough was partially raw, and it was all pretty generally bland. The pita tasted of flour--not fully baked. The baklava was excellent. The room was odd but not uncomfortable. The service was mediocre. Not recommended.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Ithaca, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Delicious, great atmosphere, convenient”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

Met friends who were at the Museum of Natural History...decided to walk around the block to find a place. I'd read the menu of Gazala's but didn't know where it was - so happily surprised to find it. The hummus was light as air, with thin thin pita - amazing. Meat and potato cigars were delicious. I will definitely visit again.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Good Food, Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Above average mid-eastern fare with good value. My husband and I dined here on a rainy Friday about 5:15. We ordered the large plates: shrimp and falafel which came with sides of rice and cabbage-based salad. Shrimp, fresh and cooked to perfection. Falafel, flavorful and rich served with spicy "dips." I'd describe the service as accommodating, but the restaurant only had about 10 other diners at the time and was quiet and relaxing. Nice touches: water carafe at table, exposed brick walls and mosaic art, subdued lighting. Needs improvement: not the most comfortable straight-back chairs, kitchen clutter visible upon entering, supply closet opens into dining room, slippery front steps.We will return to try other dishes.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
551 helpful votes 551 helpful votes
“great middle eastern food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013

having come back recently from Israel, I thought the food was good middle eastern food. I had the fool and it was a bit different from the ones in Israel. Overall, the food is very tasty and its a unique for NYC. I went to both restaurants and prefer the one on Columbus Street. It feels like a restaurant and the one in Hell's Kitchen is like a hole in the wall. The bread was cold unlike the one on Columbus Circle.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston MA
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Food is okay, not special.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

We expected more from this "Druse" restaurant and were disappointed that it was ordinary middle-eastern stuff. The same Falafel, Hummus, Baba Ganoush, Kibbe etc. that you can get anywhere. It was fine, just nothing special. They have daily specials but the wait person did not tell us the prices of those. We were warned in advance that some of them are marked up very high so be careful and ask the price before ordering. The regular menu is reasonably priced. The main dining room is spacious and attractive, there is also a smaller dining area to the other side of the entrance that also looks cozy.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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