Au Za'atar

4.5
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$30 and under
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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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4.5based on recent ratings
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AilianneH
Minneapolis
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
1 review
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 !!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
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!!

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Emdee
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was fantastic!

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vipZeinaS
New York Area
12 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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very accommodating with allergies!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommended! Food was amazing. Very nice people.

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LaurenM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken shawarma was one of the best in town

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NChris
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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DGB89
New York Area
1 review
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!

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Kendall
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 7, 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!

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jenever110
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Worth the wait.

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SriM
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place and Delicious food.

Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. We will be back!

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vipK8TY
New York Area
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.

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lad432
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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YTAs
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service1ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food

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Glenmontgirl
Philadelphia
3 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on October 11, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JasonA
San Francisco
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.

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AaliyahC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Alittle overpriced but the food was okay

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vipWhiteTech
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

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vipWilliamK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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SanaaOQ
1 review
Dined on August 6, 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!

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vipNYCRunner
Philadelphia
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.

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vipmahwishs
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Slow service and horrible customer service

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Yasmin3579
Tallahassee
4 reviews
Dined on August 2, 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

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Fawaad
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 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!

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Nomee
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Eclipse29
Charlotte
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the table side shawarma. It was a unique and amazing dining experience. The food was well seasoned and delicious! The staff was wonderful, welcoming and very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was really slow but food was good. Honestly it's over priced but the frozen drinks were some of the best I've had. It's worth a try

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Au Za'atar does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar. Au Za'atar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 254-5660.

Au Za'atar is rated 4.5 stars by 707 OpenTable diners.

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