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First Oasis

9218 Fourth Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11209 | Bay Ridge | 718-238-4505

Location Description:

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.


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  • Cuisine(s): Syrian
  • Hours: Sun 12pm-11pm, Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-12am
  • Price: $$
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Reservations: Accepted, Not Necessary
  • Parking: No Parking
  • Features: Delivery, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly

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