Gazala’s

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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern

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Good Vegetarian Options
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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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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

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
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

MR
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

JW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and attentive service at a reasonable price.

NY
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
54 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

x
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

chicken kabobs amazing, excellent hummus, good service.

d
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

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

L
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

o
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always it was fabulous

OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 2

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
85 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

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
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

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
90 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

MK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food excellent and good service. Would definitely come again

B
Denver
95 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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
41 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 1

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food excellent for vegetarian or vegan.

KH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

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

UW
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gazala’s is reliably wonderful, and also has great delivery! We love the grapes leaves, Carmel salad and chicken kabob especially. Really nice, efficient service.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It’s always great to come back.
The food I love the most.
Enjoy Israeli/Arabic/Druze food.
Friendly but slow service.

B
Denver
95 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable. Excellent fresh mediterranean dishes. The hummus varieties are interesting and really tasty--had the mushroom one. Fresh, light, warm pita. Great vegetarian variety. Will definitely go back.

JC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Dinner and service were great. We had the best Israeli salad in NYC! Absolutely recommend it.

M
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Amazingly delicious bourekas (pastry baked surrounding, in our case, spinach and goat cheese). The kafta kabab and lamb kabab were individually spiced and very plentiful. Only problem was the laffa served with the salad: cold out of the fridge rather than warm out of the oven. Service was friendly but a little scanty (too many tables for the number of waiters). Excellent value.

OT
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Affordable, friendly staff and superb cuisine. A neighborhood gem.

FF
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food is very good and the service was fine. The prices were quite reasonable. The place was fairly empty, so it was quiet enough for conversation.

a
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious. I went with a friend who is vegan. I’m not usually a fan of felafel but these were amazing! So fresh and soft and all around delicious. Had the hummus with mushrooms and the ful medames with tomatoes which was outstanding as well. Very good service. I’ve had the borekas before and I highly recommend those as well.

DN
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely tasty and satisfying.

We had the Gazala's platter divided between four people. We got to taste a little bit of a selection of hot and cold mezes. It was all good.

Then we shared the lamb kebab which were nicely seasoned slabs of lamb. Excellent.

We also had Kabab halabi which was also fabulous and quite different from the kebab.

We barely had enough room for the baklava and date cookies for dessert. It is worth saving room since they are so different from the run of the mill desserts.

All around an excellent meal.