Gazala’s

4.4
195 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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OT
New York Area
87 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
92 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
39 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.

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.

B
Denver
92 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.

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
88 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.

SG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Gazalas is as close as one can come to Israeli/Druze cuisine in New York. It’s flavorful, simple, happy food.

A
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was terrific — we shared the mezze platter which satisfied three of us. The Druze cookies, described perfectly by our helpful and attentive server, were great. The dining area is comfortable and we could converse easily even though most tables were occupied.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately a disappointing visit. We are regulars at the restaurant. When the owner is not present, the food is simply not tasty and does not come close to the original one. Hummus tasted like plastic, burekas was cold and hard inside, we had to ask for pita bread repeatedly until we got it, eggs were over cooked and overall food was a great disappointment. When the owner is present it’s always a great authentic experience. I wouldn’t recommend based on that visit.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food amazing service

DK
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It’s worth for the food alone - they could do some improvements with service since at busy times it’s hard to get their attention, but overall it’s worth it. The food is genuine and unpretentious, rarity these days even in casual restaurants.

DN
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four of us shared the Gazala's platter and then each of us had a bowl of lentil soup. Each taste of the platter delighted our tastebuds. The lentil soup was excellent but next time I would share one for two people. I regret we had dessert at another restaurant. I know from experience the cookies are very good.

SK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This food is the freshest, most delicious, consistently wonderful food. I'll be coming again and again.

r
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I absolutely loved my food And I followed the bartenders advice and had their signature appetizer which was delicious It had an usual name but of course I don’t remember but the gist of it was a small baked ring of feta and spinach it was excellent.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a large group - including 2 babies and they were nothing but nice and accommodating! Food was delicious and service impeccable.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Booked on open table. Turns out they save only 1 table for the night for reservations so we were still waiting over 30 minutes later on a Friday night for the table to pay its bill. There are too many other good restaurants in NYC to bother with this.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was good but the restaurant was too hot and too noisy. Also, service was slow.

UW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and equal service.

d
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Dinner was disappointing over all. Nothing exceptional. Food was ok and not as good as we expected. We’ve eaten at Gazela’s on 9th Avenue and always enjoyed it. The saag bread was not fresh, the grilled chicken I ordered for the Israeli salad was good but the portion size was ridiculously small for the price. Hostess was very unfriendly and unwelcoming.

LB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was great. When we were there the music -- which sounded like something you'd hear in a European disco -- was way too loud.

e
London
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

Food came out from the kitchen cold ...

RM
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Disappointing food & beverage. Service not good. Much too loud. Will not return.

UW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

We had to ask 3 times for sweetener for an iced coffee, and our main salad course didn’t include the grilled chicken we ordered on the side. The waitress claimed we didn’t order it, and we definitely did.

$35 per person for lunch was expensive considering we shared an appetizer and a main salad, and only had an iced coffee and Club soda.

G
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, we had great time and enjoyed the appetizer platter and some very unique dished that I could not remember the names, but so tasty and out of ordinary tastes.

OT
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had an early reservation (6:15) because the reviews on Open Table and Yelp said that the restaurant can get very noisy. Dining there early is the way to go! The restaurant wasn't empty, but there were plenty of tables open. The staff was friendly and attentive. The food was outstanding, and we could easily hear each other. Be warned, however, that the later it was, the noisier it became, and the less we saw of our friendly wait staff. By the end of our meal, it took a long while to request, and receive, a check, and it was so loud we had to talk loudly into each other's ear to converse. Still, if you go early, or don't mind loud "energy" if you go after 7pm, it's a great experience all around.

PS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic and hospitable place. Excellent falafel and homemade bread. Try the unique desserts.

VC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food, attentive staff. Will return for the kibbeh and dessert platter (& everything else)!

j
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was tasty and well presented. Service was attentive, although they did seem eager to get us out as quickly as possible once we had finished eating.

B
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love their food!
Service and ambience are a nice complement to the delicious food!

w
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious local treasure. Fresh food simply prepared.

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