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Gazala's
Gazala's

Gazala's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://gazalaplace.com/
  • Email: gazalasnyc@gmail.com
  • Phone: (212) 873-8880
  • 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 (646) 342-8948

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food is good. We were a party of 6, celebrating my birthday. We ordered desserts and were waiting for it for a while, the asked for the check thinking it would come with dessert. Well, the check came, we paid, got dressed, dessert never came. We decided not to wait any longer and left. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Here's the good part. This was the best babaganoush I've ever had. It had a rich smokey complexity that topped the chart. The rest of the meal was very good and the price was quite reasonable. I just couldn't hear anything anybody said. I SAID I CAN'T HEAR YOU. Maybe it is because we went there on a Friday night but trying to converse was hopeless. At the end of a long work week I didn't want to have to expend all that energy just to have pleasant conversation. We smiled a lot. Luckily the food was worth smiling about. I'd recommend it for the food but maybe it's not so loud during the week. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Great location and nice old building/setting. Food not too flavorful and small portions."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great overall experience. I wish they had more veggie entree options, but fun and relaxed vibe."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Their food and service are consistently good. I work at the American Musum of Natural History and their food is the best and most interesting in the neighborhood"
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "food was bland and tasteless, lamb kabob was overcooked and tough"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "If you like eastern mediterranean food and cooked to perfection, go to Gazala. A true neighborhood gem not to be missed, with good price points and the most delicious middle eastern food I have had in NYC."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "I am always looking for fun and different budget friendly restaurants in NYC & this definitely fit the bill. A friend and I shared the hot and cold platter and everything was excellent--definitely more food than we could eat. We each had a beer and I think the whole bill was $50 or less. The wait staff was great and answered all our questions & it has a fun, lively atmosphere. I will be back!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "We ate in a Druze restaurant and in a Druze home. The food here was so reminiscent if those two wonderful experiences !"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I've eaten here for lunch and for dinner, and enjoyed it so I thought a Sunday brunch with a group of people would be great. We were the first ones in the door, ordered eventually and food didn't arrive for another 45 minutes -- with no explanation or apology. The Turkish coffee that we had requested medium sweet was unsweetened; we had to ask for bread. The food was not worth waiting for."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "shared the sample platter with a friend. was more than enough food, but the restaurant did not let us choose which appetizers to include in the sample platter (this was not indicated on the menu). Also, we were both vegetarians and there were a couple of meat items on the sample platter. They would not let us choose a different veggie option, but rather just gave us the option to double up on some of the options we were already getting."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We went with friends on a Groupon deal so we couldn't have two of my favorites, grilled fish and their lamb and pomegranate special. However, the grilled special with chicken beef and pork and rice and cole slaw was very good and the apps and desserts were excellent also."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "They were out of fish whi ch I love there so I had the lamb shank in pomegranate sauce. Fabulous!! I ask for extra sauce on the side. Lovely dish."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We tried this restaurant for the first time because I had a coupon for it. It is a small restaurant and bar and the seats are not particularly comfortable. Get a bench if you can. The food ranged from fantastic to not so good. The lamb kebabs and chicken kebabs were fantastic. However, the Druze pasta with lamb was very ordinary and without much flavor and there was very little lamb with it. It was almost like eating a plate of plain pasta. The kibbee was very good as were the grape leaves. We had mixed feelings about the felafel. Half of our table thought it was excellent and half did not care for it so I guess it is strictly a matter of taste. The special Druze dessert that you have to order 20 minutes in advance was fantastic."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We had a very good experience. It was a bit noisy as it was busy (on a Monday night). Service was friendly, although a bit slow if you were in a hurry. Home made food, so excellent. The most interesting Pita we had ever had. More of a crepe than a pita. They were out of Kibbe, so a little disappointed with that, but otherwise worth a second visit."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Making reservation through open table was very seem-less. We went through a groupon coupon which was a great deal. The food and the service was very good."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My third time there in a few weeks.I love the food and love going there with people who haven't been there before. Unfortunately the restaurant is somewhat ridden under scaffolding so a lot of people don't notice it. This time we went after going to the NY Historical Society Museum - 2 blocks away. the bureckas are fabulous; also the lentil soup, and the fish is prepared perfectly."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Get it? It's Druze cooking, not Harry's Hamburger joint. The food is carefully prepared, professionally served and fairly priced. My wife adores the whole fish and has returned several times for it. The accompaniments are different and yummy. Same for the braised lamb shank. A Lebanese friend keeps coming back. Adventure forth!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I ate here twice this week so that says something. The food and service are consistently good. My favorites are the lamb with tamarind sauce,the borekas, the chicken kabobs and all the fish"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "The food is delicious and the service very attentive. Also the location is great - right across the street from the American Museum of Natural History. Their buracas are devine and the rest of the food excellent. I love the way they make fish; simple and delicious."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Great open space. The food was quite tasty. Falafel platter is just what you would want it to be. We were there with a group and the space was quiet enough to allow for comfortable conversation. I'll go back."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "My fiancé and I love Gazalas! The chicken kebab is honestly the best I've ever had, as is the goat cheese and spinach Bureka, hummus, and lentil soup! Must try this place!"
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Food was ok. Portions were much smaller than I remember. They also do NOT take reservations, so this is a farce on open table."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Delicious food, reasonable prices. Great for large group. Would go back in a heartbeat."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Gazala's offers a wide selection of flavorful, beautifully presented Druze delicacies at reasonable prices. As it is difficult to choose among the vast variety of appetizers and entrees, it's a great place for groups to gather and share a meal. They accommodated our group of six with a table set apart from the rest of the dining room and we all exclaimed that we will be back to bring other friends. Being across the street from the National History Museum, it is a wonderful choice for tourists and families with children as well. Even the children's menu sounded interesting!"
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "I've been here 8-9 times and each time I and the people I'm with find the food excellent and the service helpful and attentive. The noise level is normal which means you can have a conversation and enjoy the food. the food is middle-eastern but with a somewhat different seasoning, typical of the Druze people. The waitress and the write-up on the menu will explain."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "I'm not sure what happened to Gazalas -- it used to be great. Perhaps it was just a bad night, but that's not a good thing when seeking consistently good meals. Where do I begin -- the pita bread was cold and rubbery -- the waitress said the bread is made fresh every morning, well it was 8pm so the bread ain't fresh by then. She took it and put it in a microwave so the same bread now came back brittle and tasteless. My friend ordered a simple arugula salad, which ended up being an Israeli salad on a bed of arugula, drenched in dressing and rendered inedible. The glasses of wine we had were indistinguishable and mediocre at best. We were both very very disappointed having had such good past experiences --such a shame."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "Familiar but very interesting middle-eastern food. The burakas are delicious. The lamb shank with pomegranate sauce is excellent. I usually ask for a little extra sauce. Fish is usually excellent. Its in a great location, across the street from the American Museum of Natural History (way better food than Shake Shack). The noise level is normal and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "When I heard that Gazala's menu was inspired by Druize cooking, I was very intrigued, having experienced that cuisine in Israel a couple of years ago. Our dishes were reminiscent of the ones I had enjoyed and I look forward to return visits to try other choices. We ordered the stuffed grape leaves, which had a wonderful lemony flavor and were small enough to eat in one bite. We especially liked the puff-pastry goat cheese and spinach pie, which our waitress recommended over the pita pie. It sounds like it would be similar to spanikopita, but it has a flavor and texture all its own. The staff was friendly and efficient. We went early in the evening and had a quiet dinner. My out-of-town guest found our meal affordable, exotic and delightful."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "This restaurant was a great choice near the American Museum of Natural History. Food was excellent & service was prompt. We appreciated a quiet room, though it might be much noisier when full. (We were there quite early on a weekday.) The Druze food was very similar to the usual middle eastern mix: hummus, and a mix of dips & salads, some nice chicken and rice. The Osh Al-Saria dessert was definitely different and excellent."
    Dined on 12/9/2013
  • "My friend had a delicious lentil soup; I had terrific hummus - among best ever. And there are a variety of sandwich types I hadn't seen before and those we had were also delicious. Highly recommend for lunch."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Good frothy hummus, seasoned felafel appetizers; main courses were okay but rather bland. Although this Druse restaurant had a reasonably good rating from Zagat (21 for food), we were for much of the evening its only customers."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "This restaurant puts the Mise in Druse. One the best restaurants on the Upper West Side."
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "There is just nothing good to say, the food was not good - it was salty and oily. The wine was bad. The service was mediocre. Overall a waste of time and money."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • ".. of Gazala's to me. Good setting, friendly people, quiet (maybe because I usually go at 5:30 pm), convenient location, interesting food. Glad to know them."
    Dined on 10/30/2013
  • "Best hummus (try the mushroom) and chicken kebabs we've ever tasted. Ultra thin pita is amazing. They only cook with olive oil, great for folks with soy allergies. Baklava is cinnamon-y deliciousness. Our new favorite restaurant."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "The food is very good, and the portions are small. The 'pita' is really a fabulously thin, fresh Lavash bread. We enjoyed several appetizers and Tabouli Salad-Excellent flavor and fresh!"
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "We have been to the 9th Avenue place a number of times and three times to the Columbus Avenue restaurant. No more. All three times at the Columbus Avenue venue, drinks arrived after multiple requests and only after the main course was delivered. Twice we ordered the pasta with lamb and twice it had to be sent back because the lamb was ummm absent from the dish. I know, "fooled you once, shame on you, .... etc." But still. The appetizers were good but the main courses were rated as middling by those who ordered them. This is unfortunate. The restaurant is nicely decorated and convenient, the staff is friendly and accommodating."
    Dined on 10/20/2013
  • "Great Druze food (Middle Eastern but slightly different spices). Their bourekas are the best - wonderful dough with terrific fillings - cheese, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes. Their outdoor seating is limited but it was OK for a gorgeous fall day. The service is helpful and friendly and they like to answer your questions about Druze cooking. I've had just about everything on their menu and its always excellent."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "We visit here regularly. Prefer the appetizers to the entrees."
    Dined on 9/16/2013