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Habib's Place

89 Ave. A, New York , NY 10009 40.7253571 -73.984214
nr. 6th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-673-5016 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: African/Moroccan, Middle Eastern
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Nearby Subway Stops

F at Second Ave.; L at First Ave.

Prices

$6.25-$12

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Late-Night Dining
  • Lunch
  • Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • No Alcohol

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Delancey St. to 14th St., FDR to Broadway

Profile

This venue is closed.

Algerian Habib Belkadi has had a place in the East Village since 1992—it just keeps moving. The third incarnation, opened in 2008, will be happily familiar to Habib’s many fans. It’s another hole-in-the-wall operation, where Habib mans the revolving spits behind a counter and makes small talk while meticulously preparing orders. The excellent sharwama, with crisp marinated chicken and fresh toppings like tomato, onion, and cucumber, is stuffed into a warm wheat pita. Hot sauce wonderfully enhanced with paprika and harissa accents the lamb gyro platter: Succulent spit-roasted cuts of lamb dribbled with tahini and paired with baba ghanooj and light hummus. Pride of place (and the highest prices) goes to the homemade couscous presented in ceramic tagines. Jazz often plays, and photos of greats like Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Thelonious Monk hang in the back, which has just enough room for some chrome and black stools. A fridge stocks sodas but no alcohol.

Recommended Dishes

Chicken shawarma, $6, lamb gyro platter, $9.50

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