African and Middle Eastern Food and Cooking

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    May 19, 2014

    Here's a Bloody Taste of a Very Special Kitfo at Awash

    For this week's review, I headed to the border of Bushwick and East Williamsburg to try Kedija Srage's vegan Ethiopian cuisine at Bunna Cafe (1084 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn; 347-295-2227). Her vegan interpretations of tibs and wots, using mushrooms in place of meat and olive oil in place of butter, ... More >>

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    May 14, 2014
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    April 8, 2014

    The Five Best Restaurants in Little Egypt

    The Little Egypt segment of Steinway Street, between Astoria Boulevard and 28th Avenue, has its own particular, welcoming smell, a blend of shisha and grill smoke from the halal cart stationed in front of the Al Iman mosque. Though only one block long, there are dozens of restaurants, bakeries, coff ... More >>

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    April 1, 2014

    Chef Einat Admony Is Sick of the Bull Sh*t Hype

    When Einat Admony and her husband Stefan Nafziger first opened the doors to their West Village falafel shop, Taïm (222 Waverly Place, 212-691-1287), in 2007, Admony didn't feel proud. "I was a little ashamed," she admits. "I was at a really nice restaurant before Taïm, and to open a falafel restau ... More >>

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    March 7, 2014

    Find a Taste of Lebanon at the East Village's Au Za'atar

    Tarik Fallous has been in the United States for 19 years, during which time he and his friends have always been on the lookout for restaurants that serve up the dishes they remember from home. For Fallous, that means Lebanese food -- his mother cooked in that country for 35 years. But his friends ar ... More >>

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    January 7, 2014

    A Taste of Pergola's Mediterranean Fare, Coming to Flatiron Tomorrow

    We wished for more Middle Eastern fare in New York City at the end of 2013, and barely a week into the new year, we're getting at least one new offering: Pergola (36 West 28th Street, 212-679-4842) makes its debut tomorrow in Flatiron, strutting out with a menu of shawarma, kofta, and hummus -- plus ... More >>

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    November 5, 2013

    The Falafel Shop's Falafel Sandwich, Our Cheap Eat of the Day

    Falafel sandwich from the Falafel Shop (127 Rivington, 212-466-1222), $5.95 This hefty package of falafel will leave you enough money for a little baklava -- or, if it's happy hour, a beer across the street.

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    March 26, 2013

    Monster Hot Dog Spotted at Union Square

    Find it at Adel's Halal cart on the east side of Union Square. FiTR has expressed more than a passing interest in hot dogs and all their permutations around the city, so when we discover a new one, we can't wait to tell you about it. Stumbling out of the Beth Israel Medical Center at Union Square ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    Does TD Bank Owe a Debt to Midtown Lunch?

    One of a series of subway teaser ads by TD Bank I was hurrying toward the R train at Elmhurst Avenue with a group of friends - having just eaten a belt-busting Sichuan meal - when I spotted an ad on the mezzanine level. It was a subway billboard for TD Bank ("TD" stands for "Toronto-Dominion"), an ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 5, 2012

    Uzbek, You Bet, at Nargis Cafe

    Grab your post-Soviet bib in Brooklyn

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    August 8, 2012

    Hazar: The City's Best Falafel

    And other pleasures at a Bay Ridge Turkish joint

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    June 5, 2012

    Cheap EV Favorite Tahini Shuttered by the DOH

    Tahini dark during the shank of the dinner hour Tuesday On the edge of the Cooper Union campus and close to the NYU dorms, Tahini is a favorite for students seeking inexpensive Middle Eastern fare with an Israeli bent, especially falafel, chicken schwarma, bread dips like hummus and babaganoush, a ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    The Wall Street Journal Gets Africa Wrong

    There's an interesting story in The Wall Street Journal about how we should get ready for a "Nigerian P.F. Chang's" because African food is the next big thing.There is only one largely unexplored continent left -- and it isn't Antarctica. With the exception of North African and Ethiopian cuisine, th ... More >>

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    March 30, 2012

    Our 10 Best Middle Eastern Restaurants

    New York City has a lot to offer when it comes to Middle Eastern cooking. If you know where to stop for a meal along the city's few Arab strips or even in fancy neighborhoods, you'll find a wide range of the region's typical cooking including grilled meats, honey-drenched pastries, savory flatbreads ... More >>

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    February 21, 2012

    The Hummus and Pita Co.: Pretty Good Fast-Casual Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to the Flatiron

    Looks like the owners of the recently opened fast-casual Mediterranean spot the Hummus and Pita Co. (585 Avenue of the Americas, 212-510-7405) had the Chipotle concept in mind when figuring out the plan for their new eatery. First you pick your protein (falafel, vegetarian salads, gyro, shawarma, ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Fork in the Road's Favorite Hummus in NYC

    It's time for Tuesday Toasts, our weekly feature highlighting the Fork in the Road team's favorite versions of popular dishes and favorite spots in the city for a given activity. They might not be the best or the coolest or the newest, but instead represent the things and places that are near and de ... More >>

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    November 29, 2011

    Za'atar Brings a Feast of the Middle East to the West Village

    Greenwich Avenue has gotten a crop of new eateries recently. Whitehall, the new Brit-influenced spot from the team behind Highlands, is getting lots of buzz, but if it's cheap eats you're after, you're better off checking out new Middle Eastern spot Za'atar (50 Greenwich Avenue, 212-242-3451). The s ... More >>

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    July 7, 2011

    Battle of the Brownstone Brooklyn Falafel: Darna v. Kulushkät

    Rebecca MarxDarna's falafel.​ A few months ago, Darna chose to announce its imminent arrival in Cobble Hill with a rather intimate paean to its signature product. Posted on the storefront window, it read, in part: "...soft on the inside yet firm sexy brown on the inside. Being with you my lov ... More >>

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    March 10, 2011

    Almost Midnight at the Oasis: Falafel Platter at Oasis in Williamsburg

    ​Just follow the bouncing balls: #31 in our 100 Days/100 Dishes Perennially listed among Williamsburg's top 10 eateries is Palestinian fast-food establishment Oasis, perched right above the Bedford Avenue stop on the L and open until 11 pm or later.

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    March 4, 2011

    Our 10 Best Vegetarian Street Foods

    Rebecca MarxMexicue's beet and goat cheese taco.​ While street food is, to many people, still synonymous with street meat, there are plenty of vegetal pearls to be found among the literal swine. You just have to search a little harder, and we have, across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. What ... More >>

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    November 23, 2010

    Gazala's, a Druze Restaurant on the Upper West Side

    ​Chak choka (pronounced "shack shooka") is one of several Druze breakfasts at Gazala's. Gazala's (380 Columbus Avenue, 212-873-8880) is an offshoot of a small cafe in Hell's Kitchen called Gazala's Place, named after chef Halabi Gazala. With Gazala's Place, she opened the city's first Druze ... More >>

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    November 22, 2010

    Where Am I Eating? Taïm

          Life's Sabich ​               Thanks to everyone who played last week's Where Am I Eating? contest. Kim conquered the challenge, quickly guessing that the dish shown is from Taïm. The dish above is Taïm's prized ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    The Taïm Truck Should Hit the Streets by Early November

    ​Chickpea freaks, rejoice: Taïm's much-anticipated falafel truck is scheduled to hit the streets by the first week of November, per the truck's Twitter feed. Just as at Taïm's original Waverly Place storefront, the menu will include smoothies, green falafel, and the mighty sabich. No ... More >>

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    June 1, 2010

    Serious Eats Crowns City's Best Falafel

    Theeatenpath​As far as chickpea news goes, it's not quite as dramatic as the ongoing hummus feud between Isreal and Lebanon, but Serious Eats is featuring a comprehensive look at falafel sandwiches in New York, crowning Taïm as the best in the metropolis. Take a gander at all the runners ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Cheep's Hummus Plate: Cheap and Meatless in the East Village

    A mountain o'veg​ East Village newcomer Cheep's serves up a very cheap falafel pocket, but it was no match for Mamoun's in our recent Battle of the Dishes. Today we stopped by to check out the place's other vegetarian offerings.

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    May 10, 2010

    (Chick)Peas in the Middle East: Lebanon Defeats Israel in Ongoing Hummus War

    AP10,452 kg of national pride.​Israel and Lebanon have more or less been at each other's throats for more than 60 years. And during the last few they've also been arguing over what goes down each other's throats: specifically, hummus.

  • Dining

    May 4, 2010

    Set Sail for Maima's Pepper Coast

    Munching shrimp heads at New  York's only Liberian restaurant

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    April 21, 2010

    Battle of the Dishes: Falafel Sandwiches From Mamoun's and Cheep's

    In one corner: Mamoun's.​Dirt-cheap falafel sandwiches are something of an East Village institution (insofar as there are any East Village institutions left these days), so the shuttering of Snackalicious Cinderella Falafel on Second Avenue last January was greeted with a certain degree of con ... More >>

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    January 5, 2010

    Mimi's Hummus Will Open Its Market on Jan. 25, With a Bar to Follow

    Brownstoner.comMimi's retail sibling, Market, will open on Jan. 25.​ While eating at Mimi's Hummus on New Year's Eve, one-fourth of Fork in the Road heard owner Avi Shuker mention in passing that the market he's opening next door to his Ditmas Park restaurant would be opening at the beginning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Tabbouleh, That Unlikely Dance Club Anthem

    In the Middle Eastern restaurants that dot the planet, tabbouleh is little more than that reliable if somewhat unexciting staple of parsley, tomatoes, bulgur, and assorted herbs. On YouTube, however, tabbouleh occupies a more rhythmic realm. Check out this video, which stars a Borat doppelganger wh ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009
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    May 27, 2009

    Getting Your Phreak On at Gazala Place

    Unique Middle Eastern restaurant flowers in Hell's Kitchen

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    February 24, 2009

    Turkish Restaurant Opens In Fort Greene

    For many months, a banner with pictures of kebabs promised a new Turkish restaurant on the corner of Fulton Street and South Elliot in Fort Greene. Finally, Deniz (662 Fulton Street, Brooklyn), has opened. Co-owner Yucel Yuksel lives in Bensonhurst, where he also co-owns the Turkish fast food resta ... More >>

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    January 28, 2009

    Bati Yummy, Now Open for Lunch

    Bati (747 Fulton Street, Brooklyn), the new Ethiopian restaurant in Fort Greene, is now open for lunch after a soft opening the weekend before last. A friend and I tried Bati last weekend and had some of the best Ethiopian food either of us had had in recent memory. The restaurant is still waiting o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2008

    New This Week: Naya

    This is a big week in New York eating. The first New York Wine and Food Festival starts on Thursday, and there have been lots of high-profile restaurant openings lately, like Corton (from restaurateur Drew Nieporent and chef Paul Liebrandt) and A Q Cafe, the new spinoff from Marcus Samuelsson's Sca ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008

    Memorial Day Special: Lazy Picnic Eats

    It's Memorial Day weekend, prime time for park picnicking and general lolling around in the sun. The new branch of DUB Pies, which is a block away from Prospect Park, turns out buttery-crusted, savory New Zealand-style pies. They are completely perfect picnic food—hand-held and sufficient unto the ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008

    Merkato 55 Deathwatched

    Over at Eater, they've deathwatched Merkato 55, Marcus Samuelsson's newish, chi-chi, pan-African eatery in the meatpacking district. That doesn't necessarily mean that Merkato is on its way out, but the folks at Eater are rarely off the mark when they deathwatch a restaurant. A few weeks ago, I wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2008

    Mamoun's Hot Sauce To Go

    I was grabbing a falafel sandwich from Mamoun's the other day, and noticed that their hot sauce is bottled and available for sale for $3. The sauce is brick red with paprika, black peppery and medium-hot. I poured it all over my sandwich, but it would also be fantastic for homecooking, as an additio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    Our Man Sietsema at Merkato 55

    This week, Our Man reviews Marcus Samuelsson's new pan-African restaurant, Merkato 55. He finds much to recommend, an endorsement that should carry a lot of weight, given Our Man's longtime interest in African cuisine. Our Man reminds us not to fear the Meatpacking location (or MePa, as it is late ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 25, 2008

    Is African Food the Next Big Thing? Maybe With Merkato's Spectacular Catalog.

    Famed Aquavit chef offers a kaleidoscope of African fare in the meatpacking district

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    February 5, 2008
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    November 30, 2007
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    August 29, 2007
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    August 21, 2007

    Getting the Last Laffa

    Full of chutzpah, Brooklyn Israeli joint braves Manhattan

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    July 10, 2007

    African Resto Assimilates

    Thanks, France, for the mustard and the memories

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    December 6, 2005


    Perfect winter food near the corner of Court and Atlantic

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    January 20, 2004

    Phat Fat

    Taking a giant toki at a new Uzbek eatery in Rego Park

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    February 5, 2002
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    September 4, 2001
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    April 25, 2000
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