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About Gazala's Place

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."

709 9th Ave
#8
New York, NY 10019
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
between 48th and 49th St

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 245-0709

Website:
http://www.gazalasplace.com/

Gazala's Place Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.1

ambience

3.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

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。

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Authentic
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·Dined 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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on November 18, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 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.

Tags: Healthy, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Orange County)·Dined 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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 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.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (E. Tennessee)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This was my 2nd visit to Gazala’s this year, I love it! Fantastic food and service at this tiny little place. Not great for groups.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 9, 2017

The wait staff was kind enough to let me dine in spite of the place was going to close and I arrived late for the 9pm OpenTable reservation. The food was delicious. I ate the goat cheese salad and kibbe for an entree. The server delivered the pita bread.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Excellent food and service, as usual. This hidden gem has been a favorite for many years.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 17, 2017

My friend arrived early at Gazala's and I arrived late, compliments of the NYC subway system having a "bad day". My friend ordered an appetizer of falafel balls while waiting for me. When I arrived, there were only two other diners - on a Sunday at 7:15 pm. There was no ambience, no music and a bored-looking waitress who clearly did not want to be there. It was not an atmosphere conducive to enjoying a pleasant dinner. My friend said that the falafel was so-so. We decided to leave. I was disappointed because Gazala's got great reviews and the expectations I had did not come to fruition.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

The food is very good and an interesting menu. Do not trust the online reservation, they don't take reservations for 2 people. Call the restaurant directly if you have a reservation question. Well worth the dining experience.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 5, 2017

Excellent authentic middle eastern food. The bourekas are outstanding and the baba ganoush is the best! I stick to the appetizers, which are all terrific and more unique than the mains.

Tags: Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 21, 2017

A very nice and tasty meal with awesome pita bread.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The waitress was so rude that we left before sitting down at the table at the back that had been arranged so we would all be facing the wall.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

We had another spectacular meal here. However, honoring reservations always seems to be a problem when you first arrive. The hostess/waitress (there's only one) didn't have our res and asked me if I had booked it on Open Table. When I said yes, she rolled her eyes and walked away. She did end up seating us. I had made the res a week in advance because we were a party of 8 and we had theater tickets. Still worth it because the food is insanely good and the price can't be beat.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Fun
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·Dined on July 21, 2017

My husband and I have been going to this restaurant for over a year. The food has always been good and is reasonably priced. The wait staff was efficient and welcoming. However, on this most recent visit the waitress was extremely surly and downright rude. This treatment persisted throughout the meal. The food was still good but we will not be returning there due to the service.

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·Dined on July 19, 2017

Given the previous reviews, I thought this would be a nice pre-play dinner experience. But it lacked major ambiance. Food was good but not great.

Tags: Tapas
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 3, 2017

The real deal

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 30, 2017

First visit to Gazala's and we loved it. Great place if you love favas. BYO policy keeps the price down. The servers were busy but effective. The room is tiny but not uncomfortably so. We will be back!

Tags: Vegan, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 28, 2017

All of our meals were delicious. We highly recommend this neighborhood restaurant.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Don't be put off by the outside of Gazala. When you look in and realize that it only seats about 20 people, and it looks "worn" you may want to go somewhere else in Hell's Kitchen. Don't do that - go in and enjoy the food. If you like fish, be sure to order the grilled fish as it tastes like it just came out of the sea. Note that this restaurant is BYOB. I'd strongly urge getting a reservation since it is so small.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Pre broadway Sunday brunch
Drawback : A/C and bathroom
Food: Ok, have room for improvement

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Food amazing and good selection. Was all delicious. Very friendly and helpful service for Kiwis in New York. Loved it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Galaza is a super slim, brick walled delicious retreat. Best dessert I've had in a long while. Wonderful service and staff. We ate pre-Wicked at Gerschwin and it was perfect. BYOB -- wish I'd known that ahead -- liquor store across stress.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

This is our second time there and it was as good as the first time. FYI- its' byob. The service is fine. Food comes out in a timely fashion and it is so tasty. It is Mediterranean fare and this time I had the chak-chooka. The branzini is worth it as is the lamb and hummus dishes. Very reasonably priced. It is a tiny place so you can't spread out.

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 2, 2017

My review is regarding the hostess, Illiana.  My experience was quite possibly the strangest, and first such experience, in my 10 years of living in NYC. Despite having a reservation for four people and a half empty restaurant with availability of comfortable seating for four, we were offered a table against the wall where we would have to sit in a single file line. When we asked why, Illiana had a demeaning manner and her interactions with us had racial undertones, which were shocking.  Even her colleague stared at her in bewilderment. We left and went to another lovely restaurant around the corner.  Racism has no place in any establishment in this city where we pride ourselves on our diversity.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 31, 2017

The food was very good and the staff was very helpful with menu suggestions.
Unfortunately it was a rather warm evening--and there was no air conditioning. My dining companion asked for ice for his soda, and we were informed there was no ice available.
I would go back but on a take-out basis only the dining area was just too warm.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 24, 2017

Reminder - BYOB & no credit cards. Different and fun. Staff is great. Food is great. Not very big so make a reservation.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on May 22, 2017

The food was very good. We would have liked more than one piece of home made pita for two people because it was delicious but no one ever came back after our food was delivered to request a second piece.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The restaurant has a very authentic touch and a nice ambient that comes with great food and lovely music. The variety of dishes is great, the food is delicious and the service is superb. It is a small place but exactly that makes it so special and intimate. You feel like being in Palestine, in one of the restaurants with the locals. Highly recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Organic, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Gazala's Place is a Druze restaurant, and I admittedly am only beginning to learn what that designation means. Based on the food, I know that it is a reasonable lunch spot with fresh, delicious food that the chefs have taken care to prepare. I had the spinach and goat cheese boureka, a flavorful, flaky pastry, and my friends had the vegetarian plate, the chicken kebab, and the falafel sandwich. We all left satisfied and nodding to each other that this would become a new lunch spot for us. Terrific.

Tags: People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Raleigh)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Gazala's Place: Huge disappointment! A self admitted foodie, I was so excited to find a small, fun, different type of dining experience. We are so laid back and tolerant—who want to eat if you're tense? So I read multiple reviews, and thought this was the perfect place for an after Broadway dinner. Alas, it was disappointing on SO many levels. It started with our hostess, who, simply put, is rude and ignorant. Indeed, to everyone who came in the door—she snapped at everyone.

First, as we walk in with our party she snaps at our family “close the door now.” She was so rude and insistent, that my wife and adult children ended up standing on the sidewalk outside, looking in through the glass, while I discussed our reservations. We showed up ½ an hour early and asked if we could be seated—but also made it very clear that if that was not possible we were more than happy to return. While Gazala’s place is small, it was mostly empty, and when she looked tense I thought in my head “what’s she going to do with the empty tables—seat a part and hope they finish in ½ hour so that we can be seated?” Eventually she seated us, and after a longer wait than was reasonable glasses of water were brought to us, all while I am thinking “what do they do when the place fills up?”

Unfortunately there was broken glass particles in my wife’s glass of water, so she just skipped it. At this point things are kind of low, so why bother. On to the food-- Mahamar Pie, pita dough topped with sun-dried pepper, tomato, onion and spices made with whole wheat baked pita dough. Sounds wonderful—but sadly it is a disaster. Order it if you like dough, because you are going to get a lot of it! Dry, flaky (but not in a good way), and forget about fillings! Two flecks of sun dried tomato and onions—again a disaster. And this purported to be only of their specialties! The long hair found in the food was not particularly appetizing. At this point is time to make a gracious exit and call it good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on May 4, 2017

Great food
Extremely tiny
Just never saw anywhere that it was cash only until we were there! In fact open table info says credit cards.
Never asked our name or acknowledged open table reservations. Just said " do you have a reservation?" Anyone could have said yes And we got last table

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2017

No need to reserve a table. They don't hold it and there is very limited seating

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 (New England)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Though the food was good, the service was awful. They didn't acknowledge we'd made a reservation, and just happened to have a table available. They also made us put in our order all at once, though we preferred to order apps and then place entrees later. We didn't even stay for a full meal because we felt rushed in and out by the single server.

It's BYOB and cash only, so be prepared.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

The food at Gazala's Place was delicious. The lamb shank and chicken kebab were especially wonderful. The seating area is very small and cozy.

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