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About Au Za'atar

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.

188 Avenue A
New York, NY 10009
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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

Cross Street:
12th St & Ave A

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 254-5660

Website:
http://www.auzaatar.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Tarik Fallous

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Private Dining

Au Za’atar is an Arabian French bistro serving family recipes from Lebanon, Tunisia and Morocco.The cozy, rustic dining room features banquette seating, hi-top tables, and a bar. We serve boutique natural wines from around the globe, along with a variety of craft beers.

Au Za'atar Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.6

ambience

4.6

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

Good Vegetarian Options (16)
Fit for Foodies (14)
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Authentic (13)
Healthy (13)
Neighborhood Gem (12)
Romantic (12)
Casual (11)
Good for a Date (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Special Occasion (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Tapas (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Disabled Access (6)
Fun (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Bar Seating (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Great Beer (4)
Business Meals (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Vegan (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
People Watching (2)
Spicy (2)
Hot Spot (1)
Organic (1)
Seasonal (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Waterfront (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Enjoyed the lamb with seasoned rice a lot. Loved the music. Great refreshing wine! Get the knafeh for desert!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Always a great experience. Excellent service, amazing tastes and freshness, and very generous portions.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Food took 1.30hs to be prepared. Unfortunately there seemed to be only one waiter for the entire restaurant and he looked like he was also cooking the food!
Will not come back.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Another wonderful, delicious experience at Au Za'atar. Amazingly delightful food and wine. Kind attention by the people who served us. Happy atmosphere and comfortable, elegant setting. Thank you so much!

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Enjoyed ourselves a lot. Just delicious Lebanese tapas homemade cooking and perfect Lebanese wine. Attentive and truly warm sincere service. Warm hospitality!

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

Simply the best ... great food ... great atmosphere... prices are reasonable...

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Healthy, Business Meals, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

The best Lebanese food I've had in a very long time. The staff were wonderful, and the atmosphere very inviting. If you're a dessert person, you have to try the baklava!! Delicious! We'll definitely be coming back.

Tags: Seasonal, Tapas, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Healthy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Amazing food, fabulous service, and a wonderful atmosphere! Can’t wait to come back!

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I recommend th Lamb Chops. Entree included garlic sautéed spinach and 4 tender and juicy lambchops seasoned beautifully.

Excellent value. We had 3 appetizers plus the entree. Dessert to share and one coffee for approximately 80.00.

Excellent value

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

5 stars! Tasty and authentic Lebanese food! Reasonable prices and a great wine menu. Attentive service. Will be back to try more!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food is exceptional, a neighborhood gem. Lovely service too. I’ll definitely be back

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Had a great time with my guest. Made us feel right at home. Incredibly delicious food. Very nice Lebanese wine selection. I am delighted to have taken my guest to Au Za'atar.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Disabled Access, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date, Spicy, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Tasting Menu, Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Tapas, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

After trying so many Lebanese restaurants in NYC Au Za’atar has the best food. And it’s not just any good food it’s authentic. Service was great and good Lebanese wine list. I’ll be back for sure and I highly recommend it !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Spicy, Romantic, Cozy, Authentic, Disabled Access, Casual, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Tapas, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Most delicious food ever! Very flavorful and service was on point. Will be back!

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Great for Brunch, Vegan, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Authentic, Waterfront
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Had a wonderful dining experience. Staff very hospitable and attentive. Food is fresh and seasoned to perfection. Decor is very simply and warm.

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 (Birmingham)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Outstanding Arabic food and very friendly staff. I've travelled all over the Middle East and this is the real deal. Wish they had one in Boston

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had the most amazing food, attentive service, and they gave us a wonderful free dessert at the end. Definitely try some Lebanese wine too.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Me and wife truly enjoyed Au zaatar! The food really is made fresh and with so much care. Very authentic Lebanese flavors and perfect amount of spices. Cauliflower, kebabs, pita pizzas were all delicious. Service was attentive and friendly. Will be back to try more!

Tags: Tapas, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The hummus is fresh, creamy and delicious. The kebabs are tender and seasoned perfectly. Excellent experience all around

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Delicious and fresh Lebanese food! Very authentic and attentive service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Excellent selection of wines, reasonably priced, great mezze and small plates, very generous portion size. Out waitress was excellent and knowledgeable about the menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

At Za’atar, the service is outstanding! They made me feel special. And the food is very delicious! I really enjoyed the lamb shank and all the appetizers we ordered! The restaurant is also spacious, which is surprising for NYC. Thank you, Shareef, for the excellent service!

Tags: Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was great but cold....

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great bread, wine, Hummus and hallomi salad but the lentil soup, moussakah, and baklava were nothing special. Waiter forgot about the lentil soup until we were practically finished with our meal but he was otherwise very nice

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Very good Lebanese food - simple and fresh with nice spices. Generous portions. A great spot for a casual dinner in the East Village.

Tags: Healthy, Authentic, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great food and amazing service

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Excellent food and outstanding service. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere.

Tags: Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The food and service is incredible! Everyone absolutely loved it!

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We've been to Au Za'atar several times as it's a neighborhood favorite -- good food, service, etc. However, this time was a near disaster. The wine order, four glasses of various whites, had a red on the tray. The server knocked over one glass, luckily a white, which flooded the table, my husband and a friend. Apologies, lots of hands and napkins cleaning up, then the proper wine delivered. Time went by and by. I twice asked if could we order. Eventually someone came. The mezze took a while arriving. Very good. Dishes cleared, then nothing. Long minutes passed. We asked twice about the status of our main course. Finally it arrived. The manager (I think) to make amends presented us with another round of wine and a free banana-nutella crepe. I didn't ask, but I can only surmise the wait staff was new and in training and the kitchen was understaffed. This was the first time we'd taken our rather elegant friends to Au Za'atar. We were upset on their behalf as well as ours. We'll probably go back, but not soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Perfect place for a date or occasion. Lamb shank was delicious and very tender. Tabouli, hummus, arnabeet (cauliflower) all very classic and authentic tasting Lebanese dishes. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Tapas, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

First time at Au'Za'atar and was very impressed. Having been to Lebanon several times I would say the food was definitely authentic, delicious Lebanese cuisine The staff were very attentive and friendly. I was most impressed with the attention the owner of the restaurant gave to his patrons. He even treated us to dessert because he was concerned we may have waited a bit too long for our food. That's great customer service and we will definitely be back :)

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Tapas, Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Had a great time ! We highly recommend. Excellent food and warm service. Fantastic Lebanese wine.

Tags: Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Great Beer
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Disappointing. Our first visit encouraged us to go again. This time, a Saturday evening, several items were not available. Our main course, consisting of ground beef, rice and assorted vegetables was dry and tasteless. We won't return.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Second time back and it was as good as the grist. People are very nice, food is very good and everything is reasonably priced (especially the happy hour items). No complaints and will definitely be back. Good outdoors seating too if the weather plays nice

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Too expensive and food was mediocre

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Love the food and the happy hour deals till 7 pm are great, $5 drinks and apps, we made dinner out of it and was great. Service still needs to be improved though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, People Watching
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·Dined on August 18, 2017

Menu's much more varied than at most Lebanese/Middle Rastern places.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Vegan, Healthy, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Every time I come to this restaurant I'm amazed at at how delicious the food is . Every time.
We were mixture of meat eaters and vegetarians & everyone loved what they ordered . Absolutely delicious !!!
Service was excellent as well

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Food was impeccable. Our waiter was ridiculously disruptive. He would literally interrupt our conversation every 4 minutes to see if we needed anything or to ask stupid questions such as "would you like the beer in a glass or bottle?" I went here to catch up with a friend of mine over some good food and we hadn't seen each other in a very, very long time. The food was definitely amazing and we never had to wait long for anything but the service was frustrating. There comes a time when you should just stand by and wait to be called (or see if customers look up for you) rather than interrupting a very good conversation over and over again for no reason. We would lose the whole flow of conversation and I would lose my train of thought. I would recommend this place for the food but not for if you want to catch up with someone you haven't seen in ages nor for a romantic date.

Tags: Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Healthy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

I was very disappointed with what we ordered , couscous royale ($37) couscous vegetarian, humus , babaganoush. The couscous itself did not have any texture, it was drowned in a red bouillon who did not have any taste at all. The Humus had a texture of cream cheese and the babaganoush had to much garlic to taste anything. I grew up eating couscous, not sure what spices they put, but it was tasteless . We were all very disappointed. If you are looking for the real middle eastern food, that is not it.

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