Gazala's Place

4.0
134 reviews
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$30 and under
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Middle Eastern
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  • Cozy
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 Columbus Avenue."
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Israeli
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Hours of operation

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(212) 245-0709
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between 48th and 49th St
What 134 People Are Saying
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4.2
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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Down to earth casual neighborhood gem with delicious and authentic menu, and I dare say, the best babaganoush in the city. WOW - BYOB! Great kebabs (love the chicken & lamb), hummas, fresh baked stuffed breads (forgot the proper name) and Kenafi for dessert. ENJOY!

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Good everyday food. Not quite a pre-show dinner place.

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4.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Great food. Tiny cozy place. Just short of a star, I had the menu at home which listed “wraps”. It did not say no wraps after 4 pm. I had planned my meal and budget around this

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Excellent Druze cuisine in a very small casual place where you can bring your own wine.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Very small venue but absolutely excellent food. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

This place is outstanding. The Boureka is a must order. The hummus is strong, as are the chicken dishes. Every bite was tasty.

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3.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Good for a cheap bite to eat. It’s ok. Wouldn’t return. It’s nothing special.

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4.0Dined on June 20, 2018

Cute, small and quite. Great before theater. Everything is made fresh to order.
BYOB

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4.0Dined on June 12, 2018

The food was amazing. Everything was fresh. The home made pita will prevent me from ever buying one in a store again, yum.

They don't take credit cards so bring cash. It is a BYOB.

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

We were a noisy bunch, but the other patrons were patient with us This is a hole-in-the-wall place serving delicious Middle Eastern food. It’s not supposed to be fancy or roomy. It’s supposed to be good. And it is.

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4.0Dined on May 26, 2018

We were excited to find a place with a Druze influence in New York City. There were a small number of tables and just about all of them were full causing a somewhat tight fit. But the server was attentive and friendly. The food came fast and was fresh. All in all, a nice meal.

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1.0Dined on May 22, 2018

The food was cold, pita cold and not fresh, meat was too spicy. Not recommended!!!

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4.0Dined on May 21, 2018

A pleasure to dine at an authentic, neighborhood, non-chain restaurant with delicious Mediterranean food. A nice mix of salads, great appetizers and hearty main courses.

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2.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Way over-priced for what it is - the best thing is the daily homemade bread, but at $12.50 it's ridiculously expensive. Everything is served with a watery lettuce and corn salad.

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The restaurant was too limited in its choices. When the reservation was made the customer must be informed there is no wine or beer or alcohol available UNLESS YOU BRING YOUR OWN. Furthermore not to have any ice available is ridiculous. The dessert was baclavar or cookies - that was all. Quick service and their Tabouli exceptionally good but the lamb shank special was not typical and THE SHANK HAD VERY LITTLE MEAT ON IT.

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Great little place to dine on Syrian, Israeli, Lebanese inspired cuisine! The restaurant does not serve alcohol but BYOB welcomed and no charge. The waitress was charming and so pleased with our compliments. My chicken kebab was succulent and we had a custard dessert that was a perfect ending to the meal.

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2018

When I arrived the restaurant was packed and a table wouldn't have been available for another 15-20 minutes. I had theater tickets and had no choice but to go to a different restaurant. Gazala's food is amazing but they shouldn't allow reservations if they're not able to honor them.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Terrific food as always and impeccable service
The bathroom is accessed via the kitchen and is not the cleanest, and the chefs coats are stored in the bathroom.

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1.0Dined on May 2, 2018

The food was not very interesting and not very tasty. All that this place has going for it is low prices.

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1.0Dined on April 29, 2018

We loved this restaurant for the great atmosphere, food and value. However, when we arrived for our much anticipated reservation last weekend at 8PM, we were told that we could not be seated for at least 30 minutes, even though we had the reservation and there was currently an open table. The staff told us they were holding the table for another group that would not arrive for 30 minutes. We were told the restaurant does not take any new reservations after 5PM (even though you can make one on open table) and they were not aware of our reservation. Everyone should beware about using opentable with this restaurant until they get it together. Regrettably, we will likely not be returning.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Gazalas Place is a hole in the wall serving up some authentic regional cuisine that has some of the most perfect humus you can find in NYC. They do a thin style pita that is closer to a tortilla that is delicious with various spiced meats in either kabob form or diced for use with the pita. They have various Israeli and middle eastern specialties that are perfectly done and always fun to try. It is a tiny place and you will be eating with the table next to you so reservations and patience are recommended when dining here but it is worth the wait.

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3.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Despite making a reservation, through Open Table, my family and I waited close to twenty minutes for a table to become available. The waitress/hostess looked clueless when I told her we had a reservation. This restaurant should not accept reservations if they cannot be met. It is so tiny and really not feasible. The service is spotty. There is one waitress who has been there ever since I started going and she often has an attitude. This past visit she was a bit better. The food is consistently good which is why I continue to go back. If they accepted American Express that would be helpful. I like that it is BYOB.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Small place. Food better than the decor. Appetizers of grape leaves with meat great. Kids enjoyed the lamb and chicken kebabs. I had the falafel which was good. Wife a little disappointed with the lamb shank special - swimming in a layer of soup which I presume was not supposed to be the case. Would consider returning.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Tiny but the staff is so sweet they make it all OK. And we brought our own wine with no corkage fee. Outstanding meze. I’m not a fan of tabouli but theirs is so fresh and uses great parsley so it’s not like plastic. Babaganoush was another standout, smokey and creamy. All the bread dishes are amazing, go for the spinich and cheese. Great food and service and very low cost and BYO. Just make a reservation and you’re fine.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

We like to eat lunch at Gazala's before a Broadway matinee. All the usual Middle Eastern dishes, but everything is fresh and tasty. Prices are moderate by any standard, low by New York standards. We especially like the falafel and the various salads.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Enjoyed our date night Service was good as usual.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

This is a tiny place with yummy authentic food. The staff is very friendly and helped us to pick items from the menu.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Very disappointing. The food was overpriced and mediocre.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2018

I've loved everything I've tried from here, especially the hummus. Plus, its BYOB!

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2017

Had a great pre-theater meal at Gazala's Place. Small storefront with WONDERFUL Lebanese food. The home made bread served with dips was a cross between a crepe and pita and was warm and wonderful. Best hummus I ever had (really!)- made and served with roasted chickpeas. Wonderful labneh as well. My son, who has lived in Jordan, thought all was great. My whole branzino was spectacular- fresh, and lemony, perfectly cooked. Huge bourekas. For the meat eaters there were positive reviews of the kibbeh. All in all, terrific food. The poor single server worked her butt off, but was always pleasant and efficient. Needs help!

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2017

妹達夫婦と4人で夕食を食べました。アルコール類は店においていないので通り向かいのデリで購入して持ち込みます。サラダは新鮮でおいしく、素晴らしいです。魚料理もおいしいですが、チキンケパブが絶品でした。地中海料理だそうですが、日本人好みのシンプルな味付けです。お店の入口が分かり難いです。上を見ましょう。

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2017

This is the kind of New York City find that is, sadly, vanishing. A specific cuisine, well prepared, in a neighborhood fixture that is totally consistent and sui generis. Not fancy at all, but a wonderful spot for a pre-theater supper with your spouse or good friends who understand what makes NYC, NYC.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2017

Byob was great! Food was really tasty and the employees were really hospitable. Would definitely come back! Only good for small parties thogh

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2017

Variety of tasty Druse dishes prepared in a tiny kitchen and served fresh. The specials are particularly good. Restaurant is BYOB. Place fills up so reservation is essential.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The service and food were excellent. They were out of a few items- not sure why but what we had was very tasty. There were 4 of us so we were able to try a variety of dishes. It is byob so be aware of that.

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5.0Dined on October 27, 2017

Just a great little place! Wonderful food, cool atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on October 26, 2017

We weren't sure when we walked in and felt it was really small - more like a pizza parlor. They don't have a liquor license so we bought a bottle and sat in pretty cramped space. However, the food was delicious, whole fish was superb, wonderful desserts, really good value. Table turn-over was pretty robust for a Thursday night.

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2.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Simply OK- but a good neighborhood stopping point
Just not special enough to go out of your way

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

Amazing, amazing food. We went for brunch and it was a wonderful experience. The restaurant is both really tiny and a hole-in-the-wall, but the food was phenomenal. It's also one of the few BYOB brunch places in NY - so make sure to pack a bottle of bubbles!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

One of my favorites when I visit the City. Excellent food and service, love the cozy feel, and you can bring in your own wine, which is lovely.

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