Gazala’s

4.3
119 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
Gazala’s Restaurant is the creation of Chef/Owner Gazala Halabi, who celebrates her culinary heritage as an Israeli Druze. Hospitality is a Druze hallmark—guests are embraced and welcomed with a flavorful meal. Says Gazala, “I want my restaurant to be a place to eat Druze food, to sample Druze culture and be treated like family. It is a little slice of my village on Amsterdam Avenue."
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TF
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food!

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AT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The menu and food were very good, but service was lackadaisical and the tables were uncomfortably tight throughout both rooms. Beers were good!

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OT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I highly recommend Gazala’s

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S
New York Area
165 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Been here a number of times. This visit as a bust. Food mediocre at best, wrong dish willingly replaced by an unseasoned if pleasant waitress. Wines by the glass are awful and no bargain. Guess i;ll return and chalk it up to a bad day on their part.

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R
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is far beyond your typical Middle Eastern restaurant. The food, and choices, are exceptional. Had the veggie platter for a late lunch. Falafel, humous, and eggplant were excellent - large portions too - but the unusual pita - an oh so thin dough - takes the prize.

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E
New England
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food and incredible value. Middle Eastern food does not need to be pretentious or overpriced--it's best when done simply and well, and that's what Gazala's does. The tahini sauce on the Karnabeet is amazing, and the babaganoush is the best in the city. Get the Turkish Salad if you want to add a little kick to the rest of the mezze.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very good food.

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C
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, fantastic menu! There were so many things I wanted to try. Will definitely be going back!

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C
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Bad experience. Table was too close to other tables and waiters and others kept bumping into our seats. Entrees were badly described-pan seared and grilled was FRIED. After a long time it came and was dry and not very good. Also ridiculously overpriced at $38. Very disappointing and won’t be going back.

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s
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It was a delicious and lovely brunch. I will definitely frequent this restaurant as the food was
fresh and delicious!

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UW
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our entire. group all enjoyed their entree. The grilled branzino was very fresh and enormous. I had the lamb kebab which were really slices of tender lamb grilled - so delicious. Service was very good and knowledgeable wait staff. Been here before and we keep coming back.

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b
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

consistently excellent fresh food. at reasonable prices - I love this place

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GB
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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CS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Gazala's, Never had a bad meal or experience there.

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KS
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An amalgam of interesting tastes and options - very Mediterranean dishes but combined slightly differently - delicious and well prepared although some dishes, like the cauliflower, was missing much of the cauliflower. This is a great option for groups so you can share different tasted. Very very noisy

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and friendly servers who helped us navigate the menu

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V
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The best Middle Eastern food in the area. A bit noisy, like most restaurants, and feels a bit crowded inside, but really can’t beat the food. They are not afraid of flavor, not excessively hot (spice-wise), but SO tasty. The shrimp appetizer was delicious, lots of garlic, though the shrimp themselves were a bit tough. Can’t get better than the chicken kebab - tender and delicious, fresh and hot, though not a huge portion (but reasonably priced). Wine is also moderately priced. I think the food is definitely better than it was at the old location on Columbus, even though apparently the chef is the same. One caution: they have whole fish specials, and they don’t tell you the price - I’d suggest asking the price ($38) before ordering. Seems really out of place price-wise with the rest of the menu.

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u
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The fish, branzino, had so much garlic it was inedible. We sent it back. One could smell the garlic across the entire restaurant.

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n
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent addition to the UWS. We ordered a variety of dishes to share between 5 of us; everything was delicious. Service was very good and we appreciated that the manager checked in with us on how our experience was. Will definitely return.

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RK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Gazala’s food is fantastic. A real gem

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u
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Their hummus was outstanding but the entrees were not as good as I was expecting. The lamb shank (one of the specials) was over 50% grizzle, and the lamb in the lamb kabob was mostly dry and fatty. The chicken shawarma was decent. We will probably not go back for a full dinner but would go back for the appetizers.

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M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant and service are fine but the food was mediocre for the price.

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PG
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

I think they should have fewer tables and more attention to their customers...they will make up the money that way. I really wanted to enjoy myself. I loved the food but hated the experience. And ordering hot hummus and getting cold and having the waiter tell me all Hummous is cold, only the topping is hot is ridiculous. If you only serve cold Hummous and only place it on the cold menu...don't mislead.

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P
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

This was my second time eating at the restaurant. they were out of the vegetarian grape leaves which was a bit disappointing. I thought that the spinach boureka was just ok-too much bread for my taste. the food was not as fresh as I would have liked-seemed like a lot of things were just reheated. the atmosphere was good though. very lively place and relaxed atmosphere.

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I
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

If you like great Mediterranian food - you can't get it better than Gazala's

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JM
New York Area
285 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The Israeli/Mediterranean food was decent, but the service was terrible. To be fair, there were only two waitresses to cover two diningrooms. Our waitress moved sluggishly, avoided looking at diners, and didn't seem to care. Her partner worked hard, trying to cover more than her share, and ended us helping us out at points. Nonetheless, she was stretched too thin to cover the place by herself. Management needs to provide more and better manpower. Prices were high for the simple food we were served.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Wonderful food - terrible service. Maybe only takeout from now on.

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r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

My friend and i thoroughly enjoyed an early dinner. Loved the hummus with mushrooms. Good, friendly service.

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F
New York Area
226 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great mediterranean

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JH
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing. Explained every dish well to us, particularly because we had so many questions about their origins, and ingredients. The hummus was to die for.

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S
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Druze cuisine is very similar to other Middle Eastern cuisines, and Zagala's puts a nice wrinkle on it, with a good variety and excellent preparation.

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l
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you like Middle Eastern food it doesn't get any better than this in NYC. Best Fatoush salad I've ever had. Everything fresh and delicious. Service prompt and friendly. I loved the previous version of Gazala on Columbus and this is even better. Welcome back Gazala!

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NY
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I always loved the teeny tiny Gazala's in Hell's Kitchen and I'm thrilled they are now in the neighborhood in a much bigger space. Great, authentic food, reasonable prices, super fresh ingredients. The kind of place every neighborhood needs.

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RK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favorites from the hell kitchen’s days excellent food, real and fresh. Just wonderful

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L
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

The food is excellent and creative. I wish the service was warmer and more professional!

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OT
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great relatively kebab place

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AU
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. The vegetarian grape leaves are amazing. Could eat 10 orders of them.

Definitely a tight spot when crowded, but well worth it. So happy you opened up again!

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L
Birmingham
53 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was my second time trying the new restaurant. This is NOT the same as the old restuarant Columbus. On both occasions the food was bland. Service inattentive. Needed to ask for much needed salt and pepper three times. So disappointing. Get a new chef!!

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S
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Food is very good. Service is fine, but OMG the noise level. especially if they sit you in a community table next to kitchen. you can not heat hear yourself thinking. we were group of 5 people, we enjoyed the food
but we could not hear each other,so we left as fast as we could.

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S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food, good prices, our server was attentive, and knowledgeable-
Suggest they create a coat check or at least hooks for the winter, inclement months.

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