Gazala Place

709 Ninth Ave.
New York, NY 10019
212-245-0709
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  • Daily 11am-11pm
  • $$
  • Delivery, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • BYOB
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Not Accepted
According to chef Halabi Gazala, Gazala Place is the only Druze restaurant in the United States. Druze are an insular tribe that spreads across the Middle East (the chef grew up in Israel), practicing a religion related to Islam and Greek Gnosticism. The food is mostly familiar, but with some incredible twists. The pitas, for example, are thin, whole-wheat, gigantic, and cooked on a domed contraption in the window. Also displayed in that window are a range of mainly vegetarian flaky stuffed bureks, which make perfect carry-around meals. The menu runs from grilled meats (pick lamb kafta) to salads of phreak (smoked wheat) to bread dips featuring eggplant and fava beans in various combinations.

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