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Best Middle Eastern Lamb in Brooklyn?

ropa vieja Apr 30, 2007 08:39 AM

Not kebab or shwarma, but something roasted or stewed and tender. My candidates are

Yemen Cafe - roast lamb
Tanoreen - lamb shank
Bahara - kabuli palow

Any other thoughts? other places on Atlantic Ave or Coney island Ave or in Bay Ridge?

  1. lambretta76 Apr 30, 2007 09:02 AM

    Yemen Cafe is my choice for those three. The roasted lamb sandwich at Sheep Station is very good, and I believe they do a shank as well.

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    1. re: lambretta76
      Claire Apr 30, 2007 09:34 AM

      I had a delicious, so tender lamb shank at Fez Restaurant in Windsor Terrace recently.

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        prunefeet May 1, 2007 08:46 AM

        I agree about the lamb sandwich at Sheep Station. Also try other lamb dishes at Yemen, there is one, I don't remember the name right now, but it's a really rich and flavorful lamb stew on top of their great bread, which has been shredded and soaks up the lamb gravy, oh my god, it's so good. I like it more than the roast lamb there.

        1. re: prunefeet
          NancyC Jul 1, 2008 10:03 PM

          Special Lamb Fattah! It's my favorite dish there too, although the solid chunks of lamb are amazing as well.

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            prunefeet Jul 4, 2008 09:15 AM

            That's it!!! That's serious comfort food for me. The bread shreds become similar to thick noodles. Man.

      2. jen kalb May 1, 2007 09:32 AM

        Well we visited Bahar recently and thought that the food was pretty poor. I had the kabuli palow and it was a pale version of what it should have been, the meat were just hunks of cooked lamb without the flavor from stewing with spices, yogurt etc that it should have had. Probably was better before when there were actually afghans in the kitchen (looks like theyve turned over to hispanics now)

        ps not that the lamb was bad - but it wasnt good either.

        I bet there are others that should be on this list - what about Damascus Gate, which Ive never tried? Or maybe their stuff is mostly grilled. I might look at one of the moroccan places - Fez? Maison Couscous? - the latter used to have a very good lamb shank in their tagine.

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          mimisa Jun 3, 2008 08:43 AM

          I agree with claire the best lamb tagine I had it @ Fez, widsor terrace , garden amazing hookah fun too.

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            armaity Jun 4, 2008 12:18 PM

            hadremouth, next to yemen cafe

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              EricaJo Jun 7, 2008 07:52 AM

              Best lamb I've had in the past couple months was at First Oasis in Bay Ridge on 4th in the 90s. I had a lamb with rice and veggies in filo dough (can't remember what it was called) and it was amazing -- that night and the next day for lunch. I haven't been to Tanoreen in a year or so, but last time I was there we had an assortment of lamb dishes, all very good.

              Those would be my choices.

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                umsami Jun 8, 2008 05:29 AM

                I like the lamb fattah at the Yemen Cafe on Atlantic.

                Tanoreen is always good too. :)

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                1. re: umsami
                  prunefeet Jun 8, 2008 08:16 AM

                  I love that lamb fattah at Yemen, really delicious.

                2. NYJewboy Jul 4, 2008 09:46 AM

                  Maybe I am missing something, but I thought the lamb at Yemen cafe was really mediocre and a little disgusting. It seemed pretty bland and full of fat, which I guess is a retrograde 'flavor'. I also did not like that bitter root stew, which had no taste except for a bad taste. The bread was good though, as was the hot sauce.

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                    NancyC Jul 4, 2008 05:33 PM

                    Not sure what the bitter root stew is? The only soup-like thing I've ever had there is the lamb broth that comes with everything...so delicious, like pure essence of lamb.

                    I definitely think you're missing something ;). Yemen Cafe's lamb is in my dreams.

                    1. re: NancyC
                      prunefeet Feb 28, 2009 03:00 PM

                      I adore that broth. But I do find the roast lamb a bit one note. I adore that fattah tho, it's like they have used that broth to make the sauce, and the shredded bread becomes like thick, homemade noodles. Man, I want to have that for lunch tomorrow! Do wonder about the bitter root thing.

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                    Kitchop Mar 11, 2009 02:27 PM

                    I had a delicious lamb shank recently at First Oasis in Bay Ridge (4th Ave at 92nd St).

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                      nyj85 Mar 22, 2009 03:25 PM

                      i agree second First Oasis. The lamb ouzi is awesome.

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