First Oasis

9218 Fourth Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
First Oasis +

Andy Kropa


  • Sun 12pm-11pm, Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am
  • $$
  • Delivery, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
This Syrian restaurant descended from the long-running Magic Carpet on Carmine, which was replaced by Shopsin's, and later by Market Table. The menu offers an assimilated take on Levantine food; while the bread salad fatoosh is disappointingly carbophobic, anything made with lamb will be a hit. This includes the moist, meaty lamb kebabs, but also lamb ouzi, a dome-shaped phyllo pie bulging with flavor. The plebian falafel are better than you've tasted recently, but why not spring for kibbeh balls - orotund cracked wheat fritters stuffed with lamb, pignoli, and currants. A raw version of the filling alone is recommended only for the adventurous.

Related Stories (1)

  • Scooping up Raw Meat in Bay Ridge
    8 years ago by Robert Sietsema

    As the Ottoman Empire disintegrated in the 1880s, the Levantine agricultural economy took a nosedive and Syrian Maronite Christians flooded into New York. They brought with them their most famous poet, Kahlil Gibran, whose words ("H...


View All

More Syrian Restaurants in New York


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >