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Rectangles

1431 First Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.769629 -73.954704
nr. 75th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-744-7470 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Kosher, Middle Eastern
  • Price Range: $$

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Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Delivery Area

60th St. to 90th St., East End Ave. to Lexington Ave.

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This venue is closed.

Little remains of the Jewish community in Yemen, but their distinctive cuisine, formed during two-thousand years in a small Arabian Peninsula kingdom, can be found at Rectangles on the Upper East Side. The Yemeni/Israeli menu covers territory similar to Middle Eastern and Turkish restaurants, with humus, shawarma, and cous cous. Kebabs are served on long metal skewers, the meat seasoned with hawaij, a peppery Yemeni spice. Falafel is a vivid green within a crisp blackened exterior, accompanied by fluffy homemade pita. The roast lamb shank would fit a Seder plate of Brobdingnagian proportions, the tender meat falling off the long bone and mingling with a dark, subtle sauce of parsley, tomato, cilantro, and onion. Melawach, a crispy Yemeni bread reminiscent of roti, comes in a hubcap-sized appetizer portion with hardboiled egg, chopped tomato, and z'houg, a fiery green chili paste. As a kosher restaurant, there's no dairy here, so the few European ringers on the menu—chocolate mousse and Bavarian cream among the desserts, for example—are pareve. Rectangles relocated in 2005 after almost 20 years in the East Village. The Upper East Side space is reminiscent of a casbah, with fortified-looking stucco walls hung with weathered shutters. The effect is exotic but not heavy-handed, much like the flavors of this unique cuisine.

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