• Critics’ Pick
  • Gazala Place

  • Middle Eastern $8.95-$16.95
  • 709 Ninth Ave.
    New York, NY 10019
  • Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen
  • Phone: 212-245-0709
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Israeli expat Gazala Halabi opened this tiny spot in late 2007, and you can still often find her stretching dough to make paper-thin pitas on a hot, domed griddle in the window. The cuisine is Druze--a mystic religion whose faithful live mainly in the Middle East--which shares flavors with Syrian, Lebanese, and Israeli traditions. Gazala’s small dining room is sparsely decorated with wooden banquettes and miniature chandeliers, and there’s often a line of hungry Hell’s Kitchenites out front, waiting to tuck into heaping servings of moist seared lamb kebab, crispy falafel, and meze like Foul Mudammas, a hearty spread of smashed fava beans. Meat dishes have a tasty light char; the specialty, Halabi, is a sizzling plate of grilled chopped lamb and beef topped with a tangy, roasted tomato sauce. Basic whole-grilled fish is equally winning, enlivened with a simple lemon and salt seasoning, and yielding an unusually smoky flavor. The must-have item, however, is the flaky Boureka—off the menu, but offered every day in a variety of fillings like spinach, feta, and artichoke. The savory pastries seem to have a million layers of buttery Filo dough; eaten fresh from the oven, they’re practically transporting.
  • Hours

    Sun-Thu, 11am-10:30pm Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight

  • Prices


  • Payment

    Discover MasterCard Visa

  • Special Features

    Delivery Lunch Take-Out Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef Theater District Delivery after 10pm BYOB

  • Alcohol


  • Reservations

    Not Accepted

  • Delivery Area

    38th St. to 59th St., Sixth Ave. to Twelfth Ave.

  • Delivery Hours

    Sun-Thu, 11am-9:45pm Fri-Sat, 11am-11:45 pm

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