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Best Shawarma in NYC?

Aloo Vera May 30, 2004 09:40 PM

Ratings based on lamb shwarma, not chicken.

1. Mahmoun's on Macdougall
2. Village Shuwarma on 6th at W.4th Subway
3. Cafe Azuri - 51st at 9th, in spite of the owner
4. Olive Tree

Any suggestions, otherwise? Are there any places that do the Parisien fries-on-top thing? Am I missing any classics? How do those awful Doner places with the jumbo keg size skewer of processed dog food compete with the genuine article?

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    Ken RE: Aloo Vera May 31, 2004 01:21 AM

    try bereket on orchard and houston.

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      Nyufoodie RE: Ken Jun 1, 2004 12:51 AM

      I concur with this reco. The sauce they used in bereket is better than mamoun's. But, mamoun's by nyu is also good. While in bereket try the flat pita with meat on top. it's like a turkish pizza of sorts that's grilled and rolled. It's really good. I am sorry but, I cannot remember it's name.

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        VivreManger RE: Nyufoodie Jun 1, 2004 11:40 AM

        It's called lahmacun -- the c is pronounced like a j.

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      Mark DiBlasi RE: Aloo Vera May 31, 2004 07:30 AM

      Yatagan on McDougall-Turkish doner, home made, beats them all.

      It's not shwarma, which is Arabian and not Turkish, but it's great.

      The giant "doners" to which you refer are actually
      made by Greek foodservice companies and are, strictly speaking, gyros-neither schwarma nor doner.

      Yatagan is not that.

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        Peter Cuce RE: Mark DiBlasi May 31, 2004 07:35 AM

        I like Yatagan but I don't agree that it beats them all. It tastes great while you're eating it, but it's so oily that when you're done, you really regret it. I can only put one Yatagan per six month period into my body.

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          a&w RE: Peter Cuce May 31, 2004 03:55 PM

          I tried this place for the first time recently and was rather disappointed. The meat tasted fine, but the sandwich as a whole was average at best--certainly nothing like the doener kebaps you find in europe. What I got was basically just a mound of meat on a pita with lettuce, tomato, and white sauce. Not what I had expected or hoped for at all.

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            Peter Cuce RE: a&w May 31, 2004 07:47 PM

            You can find good doner kebabs on Coney Island Ave in Brooklyn. There are a bunch of Turkish places out that way -- do a search. I'd be curious to hear how they match up against European versions.

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        Peter Cuce RE: Aloo Vera Jun 1, 2004 07:07 AM

        Try posting a link to this query on the Ourterborough board. There are some good Syrian and Lebanese places in Bay Ridge and Turkish places out toward Coney Island.

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          Salt Peter RE: Aloo Vera Jun 1, 2004 10:39 AM

          If you're in midtown, Bread from Beirut (45 5/6) is pretty tasty.

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            a&w RE: Salt Peter Jun 1, 2004 11:55 AM

            I think it's now called Bread & Olives.

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            bob192 RE: Aloo Vera Jun 5, 2004 12:37 PM

            Ali Baba on McDougal between Bleecker and W. 3rd, just up from Yatagan, across from Mamoun's, has the best I've tried, beats the mess out of Yatagan, ask for the white AND red sauce. The meat is sawn off the spit, then cooked on the grill for several minutes for even more char, one of the best meat sammies in NYC.

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