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Sephardic Food in New York

Hi all,

I'm traveling to see my sister & I'm specifically looking for Sepharadic food which I figured there would be a lot of in New York, but I'm not seeing anything but Moroccan. While I love Moroccan, I'm actually looking for a Kurdish dish which I'm getting the feeling I'm not going to get while I'm there LOL

If there are any Iraqi restaurants that would be close, but I don't know, since I only know the 2 dishes I want come from the Kurdish side of my family.

Any help would be much appreciated.


P.S. Can someone recommend some good dance shows that aren't too expensive. We will be in Manhattan on Saturday night.

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  1. Colbeh (midtown) is Persian Jewish. I believe Olympic Pita is Iraqi/Israeli Jewish (at least they serve Iraqi kebab; several locations in Brooklyn & Manhattan). Rectangles (Upper East Side) is Israeli/Yemenite. Mansoura's in Brooklyn is a great Sephardic/Mizrahi bakery.


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    1. re: Peter Cherches

      there is also a kew gardens hills (queens) outpost of colbeh on main street not far from jewel ave.

      1. you might want to check the kosher board - also if you post the names of the dishes you are looking for someone might recognize them.

        1. Piyaz, 189-23 Union Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, Queens. Turkish kosher. We haven't been there yet, but a friend raved about it.

          1. you could call Hapisgah and ask them, I know that the owners are Iraqui-Israeli.

            1. When we first moved to our neighborhood in Brooklyn we discovered a humusiot called Mimi's. It's a cute little place more cafe-ish rather than full on restaurant. They specialize in hummus but they have other dishes as well, mostly appetizer/salad fare. I believe the owners are Israeli. In the last few months it's gotten a bit of press in nytimes and nymag. Definitely check it out if you can... it's one of our favorites!

              1209 Cortelyou Road
              Brooklyn, NY

              1. Thanks guys for all the help : )

                P.S. Looking for Kobeh Marak if someone can read my Hebrew English LOL
                If you need to reach me, I'm on my laptop starting tomorrow morning at sensualfreespirt@gmal.come

                1. There are some groceries on Kings Highway that have frozen kubbeh for soup, there's one in middle of the block around East 3rd or E4th st (somewhere between McDonald Avenue, which has the train tracks running above it, and Ocean Parkway - a stretch of about 6 blocks).

                  I'm not sure whether they have the soup as well, do you mean that slightly-sour flavor soup that is often served with kubbeh? But in that area, both the staff in the stores and the shoppers may very well be able to tell you where to find it. That stretch of Kings Highway has a few Sephardic groceries, bakeries, meat stores, and restaurants (some dairy, some meat) that serve the Syrian Jewish community, and some of them expand their offerings to offer other Sephardic and Israeli specialties.

                  Good luck!

                  1. I'm very interested to hear reports about what you find - hope you enjoy the exploration.