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Au Za'atar, New York, NY

Au Za'atar

4.4
4.4
707 Reviews
$30 and under
Lebanese
Au Za’atar is a Lebanese / Middle Eastern restaurant which has quickly become a destination in the East Village for New Yorker's and tourists alike, serving family recipes from Lebanon and other middle eastern counrty's. Drop in for mezze and a glass of Lebanese wine or beer and enjoy a romantic dinner or an intimate meal with freinds and family. Our menu crafted by head Chef Tarik Fallous highlights the best of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients and homemade dishes. The warm, inviting dining room is perfect for grabbing a glass of wine and mezze at the bar or a full and flavorful meal at an intimate table while the spices and music transport you to the exotic Middle East. During the warm days of Spring and Summer, join us at our beautiful outdoor cafe, which has been called one of the best outdoor eating spaces in New York.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 254-5660

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tarik Fallous

  • Private party contact

    Tarik Fallous: (844) 226-2887

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Cross street

    12th St & Ave A

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Take the L to 1st avenue or the 4, 5, 6, L, R, N, or Q to Union Square--14th street.

  • Additional

    Beer, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 707 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. AH

    AilianneH

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Service, Delicious Food, Great Presentation and CLEAN!!! It’s a must when visiting NY. The food tastes as if your Tita (grandma) made it. It was so good, we ordered it the next day for take out.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff was amazing. I went there for my birthday and they made me feel very special. The food was just amazing. Every bite was delicious ! Would love to come back again !!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mouth watering appetizers that are true to Lebanese traditional mezze, the lamb tableside sharwarma made for a fun dining experience and quality you can taste. We finished off with Ashta arabic clotted cream dessert - sensational!!
  4. E

    Emdee

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and the service was fantastic!
  5. ZS

    ZeinaS

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed the food at Au Zaatar, and of course the best part was the mouthwatering shawarma! We also loved the grilled Halloumi salad and falafel and the Kanafeh at the end was perfect! Fun place to get together with friends and enjoy good food with lively Arabic music in the background and very courteous servers.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an amazing time at Au Za’atar. Although the beef table-side shawarma can get dry, the chicken one is always on point, along with the mix platter
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very accommodating with allergies!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommended! Food was amazing. Very nice people.
  9. LM

    LaurenM

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Au Za'atar is a great place to come with a group of people. You can order the shwarma spit (which is off th e menu) and you get a personal schwarma delivered to your table! It's interactive and a lot of fun. I went with five other women. We ordered a schwarma and three apps, it was enough to leave us full but not overstuffed. Would highly recommend to anyone looking for something a little different in the city.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was absolutely incredible. Service was efficient and friendly. I will definitely be going back the next time I’m visiting NYC.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chicken shawarma was one of the best in town
  12. NC

    NChris

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food in an imitate setting. The course can serve at least two people. Great for parties to have tastings.
  13. DG

    DGB89

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful time here! We were a party of 8 for brunch. Most people were late and some of us were early. The hostess let the early folks sit at the bar while we waited and then seated us when we tipped the scales at 5/8 people present. So nice of them to do that. Everyone loved the food. The service was the perfect mix of attentive and hands off. The restaurant is cute and cozy. Everything just went off without a single hitch. 10/10 would return and 10/10 would recommend!
  14. K

    Kendall

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food5service2ambience4
    Great food! Waiter wasn’t very attentive but he was nice. Fairly loud but could still hold conversation if we spoke loudly. I’d go again for sure, so many things I want to try!
  15. j

    jenever110

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Worth the wait.
  16. SM

    SriM

    Austin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Do it yourself gyro is pretty big can feed 5. The novelty wears off after a little. Service not bad. Small place but on par with neighborhood. Worth a shot if never been
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place and Delicious food. Thanks
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. We will be back!
  20. KT

    K8TY

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Good food but very inconsistent service - some staff were friendly and helpful but others were rude and unhelpful. Example: the waiter picked up the empty bottle of wine and nudged one of us in the arm with it until he had our attention and then waved it in the air as if to ask if we wanted another one. He never said a word. Not good service at the best of times and not good service for an $84 bottle of wine.
  21. l

    lad432

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always bring out of towners here. Def get the tower!
  22. YT

    YTAs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2019

    overall4food5service1ambience3
    Tasty but unfortunately hampered by mediocre service and ridiculously high restaurant temperature.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, delicious food
  24. G

    Glenmontgirl

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family of four thoroughly enjoyed our 1st visit to Au Za’atar last night. The service, flavors and atmosphere delighted us. I appreciated how attentive our servers were and how accommodating as well. Eating out with a young child isn’t always easy, but our daughter felt at ease once her plate arrived. I can’t wait to dig in to our generous leftovers and hope we can return again when in NYC.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went for our anniversary dinner. Everything was excellent. Would gladly come back the next time we are in the city.
  26. D

    Diamond

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and the food proportions was really worth the price. Will return with newbies
  27. JA

    JasonA

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved every bit of our time at Au Za'atar. It's beautiful inside. The service was great and the food was amazing. We couldn't eat enough this time and we'll definitely be back to try more.
  28. AC

    AaliyahC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Alittle overpriced but the food was okay
  29. WT

    WhiteTech

    New York Area

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great vegetable selection, wonderful meat - quiet - no bottomless booze which means no noisy drunk 20 somethings - bliss!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    One of my fave restaurants in the neighborhood. The food is delicious! But don’t order any wine... very poor selection. Otherwise, highly recommended place if you like Lebanese cuisine.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We were celebrating my wife’s birthday, we are returning guest and we like the restaurant so much.
  32. WK

    WilliamK

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great and healthy food!! I highly recommend Au Za’atar.
  33. SO

    SanaaOQ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Service was very poor. Food was tasty but not worth the $$$. We ordered 2 tableside shawarmas, both were delicious but were cold (shawarmas should be served hot). Plus, there were no dinner plates, we all (party of 7) ate from app plates. Never going back!
  34. NY

    NYCRunner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall3food4service3ambience2
    Air conditioning did not work well. It would have been better to sit outside on hot night. Service was fin though a bit slow. The food was good though it was hard to get enough pita and some of it was burnt. The hot skillets they bring out the entres on are to how for the summer day with no air. Wait till the fall, you will enjoy yourselves way more.
  35. m

    mahwishs

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    Slow service and horrible customer service
  36. Y

    Yasmin3579

    Tallahassee

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was great but overall space of restaurant tiny and claustrophobic. We were a large party and I sat behind a booth against the wall and felt like I was going to suffocate. To top it off it was really hot in the restaurant
  37. F

    Fawaad

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Food was excellent and fresh. Service was a little slow, but it was late so probably just tired staff; everyone is really nice though. Table side shawarma was worth it, and the dessert and apps so fresh and tasteful! Definitely visit and enjoy!
  38. N

    Nomee

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    So my Aunt cannot walk and we had to drop her off at the entrance then go find parking. My wife took her inside 15 minutes before our reservation time and it took us a while to find parking. Me and my cousin arrived 10 min after the reservation time after parking the car and walking quite a ways. My wife and aunt were seated at the restaurant by then. The waitresses were very rude in pressuring them to order food even after my wife explained the situation to them. Then the rest of the evening they showed a lot of attitude and we were not waited on properly. I hope this was a unique experience. The food itself was delicious and plentiful (albeit expensive). They also tried to short change us in terms of getting us the wrong dish until we noticed it was a smaller size of what we had ordered.
  39. KR

    KellyR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Elona’s service was great. Small and crowded. Unique experience with the mini shawarma. Overall great 👍.

FAQs

Au Za'atar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 254-5660.

Au Za'atar is rated 4.4 stars by 707 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    12th St & Ave A

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:30pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday 11:00am - 4:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Take the L to 1st avenue or the 4, 5, 6, L, R, N, or Q to Union Square--14th street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tarik Fallous

  • Additional

    Beer, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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