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May 4, 2009 07:39 AM

Shwarma/Shnitzel in Far Rockaway Area?

I'll be in the area tonight--who makes the best shwarma and/or shnitzel in the area? I saw a recent post praising Hapina in Cedarhurst, so that's my destination at this point, but I'm open to suggestions.

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  1. hapina is great, great salad bar too

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    1. re: berel

      Go earlier rather than later on the salad bar, it was decimated by 9 when I was there on Thursday. Still, totally agree with berel.

      1. re: DeisCane

        Mondays are always quieter at Hapina. we were there last Monday night at about 7pm

        1. re: berel

          Almost went there last night. My daughter said that she thought that she went there a few years back and found them too spicy but she wasn't sure. So we chickened out and went to Traditions instead.

          Question, are their dishes spicy?

          1. re: MartyB

            I had the shawarma and it was very well seasoned but not spicy. I actually found the zchug to be a bit tame for my tastes.

            1. re: MartyB

              some of the side dishes at the salad bar might be . But generally the mains aren't (don't remember if the have spicy morrocon cigars on the menu).

              Salad bar always has a container of israeil hot peppers (not the canned mild junk)

      2. yossis grill makes the best schwarma place is a dump but their shwarma rocks

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        1. re: BABUSH1972

          True. They also have a 2 piece fried chicken snackbox, all white, that is both tasty and an excellent value.

          1. re: MartyB

            I'm in a decent suit, so I think I'd rather go to place that presents the lower likelihood that said suit will smell like shwarma for a month, although if I am going for amba, I guess it's all pointless anyway...

            1. re: abu applesauce

              Thanks all for the advice. I got lost (as I often do) and ended up finding Grill Point, which I know from Queens. I thought it was very good, a little expensive. I haven't had lamb shwarma in a long time and as I noted, the food was very good, so no complaints; but I don't see myself dropping 25 bucks for a shwarma dinner again in the near future. I can't help but to associate shwarma with a cheap meal.

              1. re: abu applesauce

                What I don't like about GrillPoint as compared with Yossi's Grill is that GrillPoint requires waiter service. A throw out of money if all you want is a shwarma with a soda. So besides it being more expensive you have to throw out another 15%, unless you want to take it out and eat it in your car.

                1. re: MartyB

                  u can eat it at the counter and order on your own

                  1. re: shoelace

                    Piyaz in Queens has 100% lamb schwarma. It uncommon to find schwarma that is not a mixture of lamb and turkey or lamb and chicken. They don't have schwarma prepared on Fridays.