Mon-Thu, noon-11pm; Fri-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-10pm
G at Clinton-Washington Aves.
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Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy
With its Marrakesh-via-Mecca décor, Zaytoons looks like just a prototypical cheap, BYOB Middle Eastern falafel-and-pitza joint. And it is, as far as looks go. But the excellent food tells another story. As the name implies, the pitzas are pizzas baked on pita-bread crust. They’re good, and function as a kind of tasty gimmick, but they’re not Zaytoon’s strongest feature. That distinction belongs to the standard, but totally spot-on, Middle Eastern salads, dips, sandwiches and platters of falafel, shawarma, and kabobs. Each is prepared quickly, but evident attention to edible detail, consistently well-spiced, fresh, and savory. Falafel is fried to supercrunchy delectability; stuffed grape leaves carry a preserved-lemon tang. Despite the classic menu, Zaytoons has a happy presentation quirk: Sandwiches arrive with the ingredients wrapped in the pita, rather than stuffed. The result? A bigger, heartier handful of goodness, and one that’s also easier to eat. No more overstuffed pitas tearing at the seams!Hookah
Get your shisha on at their hookah bar.Recommended Dishes
Zaytoons’ combo plate, $8.50; shawarma pitza, $7.50; falafel, $2.25