Gazala’s

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern

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Casual
Good Vegetarian Options
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."
What 228 People Are Saying
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B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Decent experience but i was put off that they tried to seat me at the bar even though I had a reservation

A
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Glad that Gazala's is back on the UWS. It was missed over the last few years.

R
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Definitely not the best option for middle-eastern cuisine. And it is not even cheap.

AS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I really liked this place. Lovely staff, very friendly. The food was delicious. Get the bourekas!

m
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The appetizers and house special bourakas just the best. The main courses are okay. We had a spectacular meal from small plates. A small place. Plain but cozy. Excellent service.

NY
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent variety of salads, appetizers and various chicken, meat, fish and vegetarian options. Very tasty food across the board. And, reasonable prices. Perfect for lunch or casual dinner

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most delicious food ever!

v
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was absolutely delicious, the service a little slow.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice neighborhood spot with elcellent food and servers. Great for vegetarians / kosher style.

A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Olga, was awesome. She was attentive and made excellent recommendations. The sampler platter was a generous combination of vegetarian delicacies for all to enjoy. All the dishes we had were delicious.

CW
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

It is the third time that we dined here, unfortunately the restaurant deteriorated, the quality of the food and the presentation are really sad.

M
New England
10 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Mess up on our order, however chef/manager did correct it for us. Unfortunately we didn't all get to eat at same time.
we've been here before and had amazing service and the food is delicious.

B
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow, did my wife and I enjoy dinner at Gazala's. The food was delicious (and a little different from the norm), the service was friendly and the atmosphere was very pleasant and unpretentious. We will be back. (PS - Try the roasted eggplant and the bourekas.)

A
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food.
Our server, a lovely young woman, made excellent recommendations for food and drink. We enjoyed drinking Goldseal, an Israeli beer, she recommended.

2
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

I had a very strange reaction to the food, specifically the side of rice that I ate, which had sumac on top of it. I had cotton mouth for six weeks after the moment I ate that rice. I followed up The following week by going to the doctor and having blood tests only to reveal that there was nothing actually wrong with me. All I can conclude is that it was the sumac that caused a bad reaction. I can’t help but wonder if this reaction has happened to anyone else.

MR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! Ample portions, nice atmosphere, pleasant service. Will go back.

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and attentive service at a reasonable price.

NY
New York Area
126 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wow — what a wide range of middle eastern (Israeli-Druze) vegetable rich creations and as well, the most flavorful chicken and beef kebab served with brown rice and amazing cabbage salad. Several seafood options, too. Salads are incredible, too. Very attentive service and incredibly reasonably prices for large portions sizes. We’re now adding Gazala’s into our restraint rotation list.

s
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Waiter was just the right amount of attentive.

x
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

chicken kabobs amazing, excellent hummus, good service.

d
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Terrific food and service. Loved the Tahini infused dishes. Will make it my business to return

L
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent Mediterranean food and great service. Especially loved the mushroom humus and the delicately fried whole fish. Salads and lamb shanks were amazing.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. To those who say it's not authentic Israeli food. They are right. It's also not Chinese food. Its Druze food. Authentic Druze food and its great.

OT
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It's rare that I give such a poor review, but tonight Gazalas earned it. It took 45 minutes for the appetizers to come - 2 out of 3 being salads - and on a Sunday night at 645 the place started out completely empty. Our wine was never refilled and we didn't know where on earth the waitress had put the bottle or we certainly would have helped ourselves. After inquiring about our appetizers, the manager took over for a while, and said he would comp one of the salads. We appreciated this effort greatly, and felt it was the honorable thing to do. We were more than willing to move past the rocky start, but things barely got better. The entrees were ok at best - my husband and mother in law both said the meat did not taste good and only ate the chicken in their mixed grill, and we waited a good 20 minutes to find someone to bring us the check. All in all, a frustrating 2 hours.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, cozy atmosphere, yummy food!! What more can you ask?

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderfully prepared meals, attentive service. What's not to like?

o
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Waitress was lovely and attentive. Food was fine. Ambiance okay

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always it was fabulous

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an early dinner with friends before heading to Central Park for a performance. The restaurant was quiet bc it was early. The food was delicious! Presentation was attractive. Staff was very attentive.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall1food2service2ambience2

Extremely overpriced for what your get. There are so many other restaurants you can go to with better food, service, ambiance for the price you’ll pay. Not worth it.

UW
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Impressive assortment of middle eastern mezze(tapas). I have been to this place before it has relocated to its current location. The place never lose its authenticity. Their taboule is just like one I used to have in the region. Kunafe is a must try item;-)

B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Very good food. Babaganush, humus, chicken and lamb, salads. Everything was fresh and well cooked.
However it is a pity because the place needs some renovation including lights so old fashion. It is dark without resulting romantic or cool.
Very good and professional the barman but not the service. Girls resits somehow distracted and not professional need to do better their job.

ML
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Staff were warm and welcoming. Food was very underwhelming - underseasoned, lamb chewy and gristly, and tomatoes in salad were tasteless. I get David Chang’s point that all cuisines deserve to be valued but more than 50 for a meal for one with an app, main and one glass of wine seemed high for what I was served. Disappointing.

OT
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfully healthy cuisine. Consistently excellent. Staff are accommodating and engaging.

MK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food excellent and good service. Would definitely come again

B
Denver
111 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great plsce--excellent mezze--a great meal can be had from combining those. Very tasty hummus varieties with nice thin pita. Great salads--wonderful place.

RX
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

A good local restaurant for neighborhood. Individuals do need to feel comfortable eating Middle Eastern food.

VV
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience1

I've been to this new-ish location several times I & my dining companions especially like the potato 'cigars' & the babaganoush. There are many options for vegetarians/vegans. The wines that I've tried are so-s,o and pricey.
For years Gazala's had been my go-to restaurant this place is cavernous, crowded, & cacophonous -- especially if sitting in the section with the open kitchen. The noise level, while typical of NYC restaurants with horrible acoustics, makes it near impossible to hold a conversation. It's a shame that the acoustics haven't been improved, as that will drive away some customers.
Other than the noise, we had a delightful dinner there tonight. The restaurant is pricier than I remember, but maybe I just don't get out enough!
I read other reviews noting poor service, but I have to say that our server tonight was efficient & attentive.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food excellent for vegetarian or vegan.

KH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience2

Great food, but there is no ambience. Food is very pricey.