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Kabab Café

25-12 Steinway St., Queens, NY, 11103
nr. 25th Ave.

Avg. Rating

Food: 7
Service: 7
Décor: 7

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

63% would go back.

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Stinking Fish

By licnyc on 2/7/2009

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

This hole in the wall reminds you Cairo but it charges Manhattan prices. I guess this is the effect of the NYMag "critics pick". We were served the most stinking sardines I ever seen and smelled. They must have stayed outside the fridge for a couple of days. We smelled all the dishes while prepared the kitchen is practically next to you and our clothing smelled for days later. We were overcharged for the appetizers (2X). He poured me wine without asking me and then he charged me for it. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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152 out of 311 people found this review helpful.


By jph on 11/20/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

I had high hopes for this restaurant because I heard great reviews of Kabab Cafe (both word of mouth and written reviews). My friend and I went there yesterday, and we were greeted by the owner, who was very friendly and attentive. From there, it was downhill once the food was served. We ordered the meze platter, lamb cheeks, veal tongue and stir fried vegetables (all were appetizers). The food wasn't fresh and it was flavorless. And there was a nail in the veal tongue dish. And worst of all, we were ripped off when we received the bill ($100 including tip)! If you want amazing, sublime Middle Eastern cuisine, go to Tanoreen in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn - it is worth the trip. The owner may not be as friendly, but the food will transport you to a higher culinary universe.

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109 out of 213 people found this review helpful.


By JT2 on 9/11/2008

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

We went to Kabab Cafe and were very disappointed. The owner was so rude to us, including making anti-American, European and Western comments and he has no clue about customer service. First when we came in, the restaurant was empty and we asked for a table in the back. We were 4 and he said that table was for 6 so we couldn't sit there because he would have to ask us to move if more people came. Well towards the end of our meal he gave it to 2 people, not 6! Then, he wouldn't serve us tap water because he said he couldn't keep on refilling the glass. This from someone with totally empty restaurant. There's only like 5 tables in the whole restaurant anyway! I would never, ever go back there or recommend anyone eat there.

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86 out of 167 people found this review helpful.

Well worth crossing the river, but check your bill

By themicah on 6/3/2005

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

After reading a write-up, a friend and I hopped the N train over to Kabab Cafe. It's a small room with four or five tables and a corner kitchen area where the owner and his assistant work their magic while keeping an eye on their guests' plates (clear yours, and he'll ask "what else?"). The owner emerges--often with fry pan in hand--to serve up beautifully presented and extraordinarily flavorful dishes along with his casual banter. He offered us a shockingly long list of specials: lamb, goat, chicken, beef, several kinds of fish--even soft-shelled crab! I have no idea where he keeps everything or how he can have so many more core ingredient than tables. We had Algerian wine, a meze platter, codfish cakes, braised goat chops, and eggah (a zatar-heavy omelet), all followed by a dessert platter. Everything was delicious. One major caveat: the owner's arithmetic is as casual as his affect. Our $80 bill somehow added up to $100. We caught it, but remain unsure whether the error was intentional. Regardless, we'll go back, because it's just too good to let bad math get in the way.

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466 out of 859 people found this review helpful.

One of a kind

By thebeckerman on 8/15/2004

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

One of my favorite places in the world to eat. Not like any place else. Gourmet stovetop Egyptian and Moroccan cuisine. Served by the consummate host, Ali, who loves food, loves people, and loves life. Tiny location, and not easy to get out of quickly. But if you've got time to enjoy, I think Ali's the greatest.

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