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Dec 5, 2006 05:15 PM

Middle Eastern food in Brooklyn

Would someone recommend good middle eastern food in Brooklyn? We used to love Fountain Cafe on Atlantic Avenue but the last few times we were disappointed. Thanks.

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  1. a friend of mine swears by Waterfalls on Atlantic and Henry -- posts as recent as Sept. agree:

    1. Waterfalls isnt what it used to be but I think it's better than Fountain. If you're willing to try something a little different, a # of us had a very good experience at Yemen Cafe several weeks ago (search for post if you want details). Zaytoons on Smith St. is reasonably good as well. I think that Tanoreen is way better than all of Atlantic Ave but it's in Bay Ridge (if that matters to you).

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      1. re: Steve R

        Yes, we all enjoyed Yemen Cafe, and the service was really good as well.

        1. re: prunefeet

          Yemen Cafe is AMAZING. When I went we had enough people to share and try several things, every single one delicious. Lamb falling off the bone. Chicken ridiculously moist for white meat. Mouthwatering fried bread strips in honey. And yes, the service was incredibly polite.

      2. I like Black Iris on Dekalb....(228) Great Falafel, Kebabs are pretty decent as well.....relaxed environs, nice people, and BYOB. Their take-out also delivers in a timely manner.

        1. If your not looking fancy, try Fatoosh on corner on Hicks and Atlantic. It has wonderful middle eastern that is on par with the old waterfall, before that went down hill (or down stream?)

          1. Sanaa, the Yemeni place across from Yemen Cafe, has a wonderful chicken schwarma sandwich, the best I've had since I was in Germany. The pita could be better though. Ask for it with some of the yogurt salad on it. Their lentil soup is good too.

            I've not had Yemen Cafe so I can't compare it.

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            1. re: gangly handful

              I was very disappointed with Sanaa on one visit and thought Yemen Cafe was better. The service was beyond incompetent (I usually dont complain about this) though the roast lamb I had was decently seasoned. Cooking was minimal/extremely plain - this may be one place that suffers from having only men in the kitchen (or so I surmise) -

              1. re: jen kalb

                I had lunch at Sanaa about a week ago. I got a shrimp dish. It was perfectly fine, but I didn't feel that its quality justified the much more expensive pricing (even considering the general expense of shrimp) than Yemen Cafe across the street. I haven't tried their shawarma, though, so thanks for the recommendation, gangly.

              2. re: gangly handful

                Just had the minced lamb over hummos at Yemen Cafe. Wow, for me, that just blew everything else on Atlantic away. The lamb is tender and spiced just perfectly. And the bread is phenomenal, alternately chewy and crispy. Go there.