Gazala's
Gazala's

Gazala's

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gazalaplace.com/
  • Phone: 2128738880
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm; Dinner: Friday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
  • Executive Chef: Gazala
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, BYO Liquor, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: Many of our items on our menu are available for private catering events. Don"t forget about the Borekas.
  • Private Party Facilities: Large room to seat up to 125 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Gazala 6463428948

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 78th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: We are conveniently located across from the C/B line at 81st and the 1/2/3 on Broadway.
A word from Gazala's
Don't miss a chance to try delicious druze meal prepared by Gazala's mother! She will be cooking her spun recepies August,1 to August,18! Get a taste you will never forget! A hidden gem amidst so much on the Upper West Side. Gazala's serves some of the best appetizers around to start off your dining experience. Chef/owner Gazala is Druze Israeli, but the menu will be familiar to anyone who has tried Middle Eastern food. The babaganoush (roast eggplant dip) is smoky and velvety. The inside of the kibbe's crispy crust is moist ground lamb seasoned perfectly with aromatic spices. The felafel (deep-fried ground chickpeas) feature an unusually crunchy crust. The ambiance is more contemporary than our Midtown location offering large areas for private parties and large groups. Don't be surprised to see Gazala come out of her busy kitchen and chat with the diners.
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Gazala's reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (13)good for groups (12)great for lunch (11)romantic (7)great for brunch (6)great for outdoor dining (5)special occasion (4)late-night find (3)notable wine list (3)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • just plain good food
    hpf30VIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Gazala's is just plain good Mediterranean food. We ordered the goat cheese spread and hummus which were great. For our main courses, we had the lamb and chicken kebobs which were perfectly cooked. The service is always responsive. I strongly recommend this neighborhood restaurant. Good food, good prices, good service
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best middle eastern food in NYC
    NYCAngelsVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The menu is overly simple, the food overly delicious! The hummus and falafel are great, the stuffed grape leaves small but outstanding. The baklava is the best I have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, very casual
    nyfoodie212
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    We went in on a Sunday evening around 7 and didn't get a waiter until 7:15 or so. So expect a little bit of a wait time in case you're there at peak hours. The waiter who helped us was very nice but quite busy. The food was delicious, but some of the servings weren't filling / big enough. I know Gazala's is not at all about presentation, but a little bit of thought into how the food is presented would have been nice. The food would have looked more appetizing.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Decent food but too noisy
    Clar1
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food was basic and decent, pretty much what you'd expect. However, they were out of some basic menu items (including the reasonably priced house wine), which was surprising and somewhat inappropriate. While there didn't seem to be any music playing, the noise level was extreme, to the point that it was impossible to have any conversation, perhaps because the restaurant was pretty full. The service was somewhat brusk, again perhaps because the restaurant was pretty full. Not quite sure if I would rush back.
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  • will not go back
    foodie
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The appetizers we great. My wife and I ordered the lamb and the shrimp dishes. the lamb was tough and the shrimp was so salty that the we requested a salad instead. the salad was not seasoned well.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for the appetizers
    Cather123VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The hummus and babaganoush were really excellent. Generous portions severed with extremely thin pita, almost like a crepe. It's druze style Israeli, so everything's familiar enough yet a little different. The chicken was juicy, although a bit salty. Lamb was very tasty, beef a bit dry. We did not care for the odd cole slaw of cabbage and corn. A little green salad would have been better with the meat and rice. Dessert of baklava was great, and it's rolled pastry stuffed with walnuts. Service was excellent, informative, friendly and timely. Wine was okay, with a generous pour. I will return and make a meal of mezze, as that's obviously their strong suit.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just perfect
    AnjJ
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We were a group of 4 on a Monday night, so it was quiet and they sat us up on the raised platform with the big table. Our waiter could not have been nicer and every single thing we ate was delicious. Their meats are so moist and flavorful, hummus and baba ghanoush so beautifully flavored, and desserts were also wonderful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WarrenVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We've eaten here several times and the food is consistently good and very healthy. The preparation of the food is done carefully, making sure to use good herbs and seasoning. The chicken, shrimp, salads, hummus, tabouli, falafel and everything else was just very outstanding. We will continue to patronize this gem and very much appreciate it being in the neighborhood. A wonderful departure from those noisy places w@ho rush you out! Thank you, Gazalas!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Middle Eastern with a twist
    TeddyWestSide
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The Druse twist is nice, and unique. The meats were all good and the Boreka was the highlight. I had a special with Lamb that was smoky and delicious, but it reminded my I don't care for lamb that much.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent as Usual
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I was there twice this week. Can't get enough of those bourekas. I had the lamb special in pomegranate sauce which is delicious. The service is always good
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • dny928
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious! The plates were great sizes and was just enough to hit the spot. I would recommend making reservations because of the size of the restaurant and it was busy the entire time we were there. The staff were friendly and the service was great. I will definitely be going back again in the near future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love their food
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    They serve Druze food which is a distinctive Middle-Eastern cuisine and its delicious. The bourekas are my favorite. Their fish is also excellent and the lamb is delicious. The service is always excellent. The location is very good - right across the street from the American Museum of Natural History and a block away from the New York Historical Society.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a very nice restaurant
    chams
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I enjoyed my dinner when i took my date, it was pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good and reasonable
    chams
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I enjoyed my dinner when i took my date, it was pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AUTHENTIC
    Fussbudget
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The selection of dishes and preparation were close to what I had in Israel just months ago in the area of Gazala's family restaurant. Perhaps it was theirs. Prices are moderate and the space is open and pleasant, with large windows.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Take out from here
    GreatEater
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food was really good. The bourekas and baklava were amazing but the food took ages to come. It was so noisy we had to shout to hear so we didn't hear that our order wasn't taken down correctly. I think they need more chefs perhaps.
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  • Amazing Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A couple of us friends landed at Gazala's yesterday for dinner. The food was beyond exceptional. The grilled chicken was flavorful and not dry that is typical of other Middle Eastern restaurants. The spinach pie with goat cheese tasted amazing although the cheese tasted more of Philadelphia cheese than goat cheese. My husband had the Halabi and that too was flavorful, it didnt have the meaty smell or taste that most red meat dishes have. I strongly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • can't go wrong
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    this place is fabulous, not just the food, but the service, too! Reasonable prices and a very well run restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Relaxing atmosphere, inviting food
    NYCdinerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Most middle eastern restaurants are either similar to a fast food experience or high end dining. Gazala's is that perfect sweet spot in the middle. The restaurant on Columbus Ave is spacious and comfortable, and the food is as varied as any high end middle eastern restaurant -- from a variety of hummus and salads to kube and cigars to all sorts of grilled chicken kebab, lamb and fish. We ended our lunch with a pot of mint tea -- perfect. I particularly enjoyed the mushroom hummus and cigars which weren't greasy at all. The Israeli salad was also a standout.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food / poor service
    Sheree
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    food was excellent. location was great. service was absolutely rotten. we sat down and figured out what we wanted. waitress took someone else's order before ours. we had ordered a pinot grigio and it showed up 20 minutes after we sat down. food arrived about 1/2 hour later. ordered date cookie dessert which never showed up. all the while we were dealing with a waitress who combined the lack of service with arrogance. we complained to the manager and left a 10% tip. we will never go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Samantha
    UWSFood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I have been to this restaurant a few times. I love the Mezzi's! Service does not rush you.
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    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Solid meal, great price
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Still with Mideast favorites and you will be happy. Really enjoyed meal. Only complaint was that shrimp in an AMAZING garlic sauce were likely frozen and a bit tough. Definitely get pita bread- awesome !
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant
    RonG1007
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    My husband and I went to lunch at Gazala's and will definitely return. The food was delicious with different type middle eastern dishes. The only tnegative would be that the sauces were very salty. A little bit less salt you would taste the different herbs and spices. Thank you
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • olga
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Food is excellent , but service is so and so. We have to asked few times while we got an extra napking
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 293 reviews are from the Gazala's reviews archive.
  • a little bland
    MONYC1999VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We loved the ambiance. It is a lovely restaurant. The staff was friendly. The food, sadly was a little disappointing. The pita and hummus was great, but overall the food was a little bit bland. I will definitely try again though to make sure it wasn't just an off night.
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  • wonderful food
    BetsyknitVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Our reservation was for 8:30 on a Wednesday night. for 5. Not crowded, duh. The food was wonderful. We had LOTS of appetizers, including babaganoush, hummus, cigars, borekas (amazing). Then a few shared plates for entrees. The service was surprisingly poor. Appetizers took a LONG time; didn't get everything we asked for. They did bring the lebanee after we asked twice. Water took a long time to refill. I would absolutely go back. But not if I had any time pressure!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before Shakespeare in the Park
    NativeNYker
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Bourekas, special for the night, were delicious! And the salads so generous--enough for two to share. Service was excellent.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A delicious unassuming gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Creative menu, with tasty versions of traditional dishes such as the hummus and the kibbe - smaller kibbe more delicate and tasty than the ones typically found in middle eastern restaurants .. Staff friendly and attentive, proactive - we were going to order too much food and they pointed it out! .. We will return and bring friends ...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No thanks
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food was bad and overpriced with service to match. I won't be going back.
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  • Gazala's is Great
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We love eating here and have never had a bad meal. The boureka's are excellent. the grilled fish is always fresh and juicy. And its across the street from the American Museum of Natural History.
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid neighborhood joint
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Portions were a bit small for the price point, but everything was fresh and well prepared. Service was friendly and the server was knowledgeable. Great location - on a corner behind the museum. Outdoor seating as well - and they dont try to cram the tables together so you can't move which is a win.
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  • Excellent food! Charming vibe
    NycDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I have loved both visits here. The first time I went for brunch and most recently I went for dinner. Though the dessert took a long time, the service was attentive. The babaganoush is so fantastic that it's worth a trip just for that! I highly recommend the mixed grill for chicken, beef and lamb tasting. Enjoy!!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved the mezze platter
    Sooz830
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    If you are new to Mediterranean food, I recommend getting their Mezze sampler, which allows you to try 9 different hot and cold appetizers for $33. This helped many in our party decide what they wanted to order for the entrees. The pita bread and hummus were excellent, as was the vegetarian falafel. We had an early dinner on a Monday evening, so we were almost the only ones there and the server was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Prime choice
    WarrenVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Superb food and service. Highly recommended. Early reservations suggested since this place fills up quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can do no wrong...
    ArleyVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Constantly delish. Nice serving staff and a pleasure to go to for lunch or dinner. Chair are a bit hard though.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yum!
    AC33VIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    Great lunch spot. Excellent hummus w warm homemade pita, generous salads, def get the chicken added on, tender and flavorful
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not bad, but over priced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    i don't like the way they make you feel if you use a groupon- like a second class citizen. there were too many restrictions and you are made to feel bad. they even made it obvious that they wanted us to leave soon as another couple wanted our specific table even though there was plenty of seating and we had reservations.
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  • Gazala is consistent and delicious.
    WendeenycVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Gazala makes food that lights up your taste buds. From the hummus to the delicious meats and desserts made for sharing, dining here is always a great time.
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    Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very much recommended
    Alex
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    I had my first date at the original location with my wife now. Been going there since they opened, great place, the most notable thing is the outstanding food. I simply can't describe how super delicious it is, I tried almost every dish they have. We had a groupon this time, but, if regular prices, I personally think it's very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    PhilVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    This restaurant is a real find in the UWS. Reasonable prices for outstanding food. How can one go wrong. Also, the ambiance is quite and relaxing, unlike most restaurants in the area.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet