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Apr 12, 2011 03:19 PM

Chickpeace in New City, NY

New kosher schwarma/Israeli restaurant in New City NY. Anyone been there or know anything about it.?

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  1. They are located behind STARBUCKS on main st. I was there last week and had the Shnitzel pita It was delicious would definitely recommend them

    1. Schwarma and falafel and salads were fresh and good, small place with a few tables. Servers were pleasant and eager to please.

      1. Ok. So I'll answer my own question. Fresh food, prepared with care by--I believe--a family of Israelis. Reminds me of my Kew Gardens Hills childhood. Very tasty baby chicken skewers, rice, fries, schnitzel (Gluten free) and delicious Moroccan carrots (if you do the Moroccan carrots well, then it's usually a good sign) and this was a lousy Tuesday night at 6:00. Tables were full. Two tables of young people and the rest older New City folk. Now for the bad news: the prices are too high. 12.90 for the schnitzel in a pita which should have been at least 2 bucks less. We could only afford 2 entrees and there were three of us. We totaled out at over 30 bucks. Not a large menu, but that's okay. I see that they do all of it the way it should be. Fresh sweet potato chips too. The location behind Starbucks should get them some non-kosher customers, I hope.

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        1. re: cappucino

          One more thing: entire place is very clean including the bathroom (decorated with funky flair).

          1. re: cappucino

            I was planning to go with my family, but I looked at the menu, and the pricing and skipped it. Really expenisve, $7.00 for a falafel sandwich. I can't imagine what kind of burger they are selling for $16.00.

            1. re: michele cindy

              Honestly $7 does not sound so high I'd skip the place, especially in NYC where everything is super high. Compair ther $7 to Mama's Vegitarian in Philly (FYI a Philly Chowhound board fav place ) and it is $6 for a latge. Kosher Bite in Baltimore is $6.99 for a laffa or sub (Perhaps a pita as I have never seen or had a fallafel sub there and I have been many times) An entire PENNY less. Not sure about the burger, but when you discuss specialty burgers they do get pricey. Where do you live that a fallafel is so much more reasonable?

              1. re: Prettypoodle

                I go to Mamoun's on Macdougal St. in NYC, it's a true bargain 2.75 a real hole in the wall. The falafel platter was $12.00 at chickpeace. It just seems over priced when looking at the menu, then again, the cost of keeping Glatt Kosher surely marks up the price. It's just that falafel can't cost too much to make, whereas the beef is more understandable for them to charge more.

                1. re: michele cindy

                  Setting aside the increased price of kosher-slaughtered meat, having a kosher restaurant incurs other extra costs as well. Other things can be nonkosher, including tiny bugs hiding in the lettuce and other produce, which needs to be laboriously hand-checked according to many rabbinical opinions, including that of the restaurant's kosher certifier; this means you need to pay someone to do the checking. The kosher certification itself costs money. The restaurant is almost certainly closed on the Sabbath, but they're still paying rent for that day, which is otherwise a busy, profitable day for a restaurant.

                  1. re: michele cindy

                    The place you mentioned is NOT kosher. This being a KOSHER board I really doubt most of the other posters would even think of eatting non kosher food. I will at times but there is no way I'd go to a non Kosher fallafel place. I really dont want to take the chance that the money I spend will come back to bite me in the arse.

                    1. re: Prettypoodle

                      Chickpeace is Glatt Kosher. For price comparison, posted below is a menu from an old favorite, Jerusalem Pizza in Elizabeth NJ, which is also Kosher, and has far lower prices then Chickpeace.

                      1. re: michele cindy

                        I believe that Prettypoodle was talking about your referral to the prices at Mamoun's, which isn't kosher.

                        I agree that the prices at Chickpeace are a little steep, but wanted to point out that there are other factors at work aside from the price of meat.

                        1. re: GilaB

                          Thanks for claryfying. Yes, I'm aware Mamouns is not Kosher, + it has been in the same space for 40 years I imagine they have a decent rent! Note to Prettypoodle, as a contributer to CH I often check in on the Kosher board, and I don't keep Kosher. I'm sure there are many more like me.

                      2. re: Prettypoodle


                        "there is no way I'd go to a non Kosher fallafel place. I really dont want to take the chance that the money I spend will come back to bite me in the arse."

                        This seems to have a bit of anti-Arab bias in the statement. While not advocating you patronize a non-kosher establishment. I am familiar with Mamoun's for more than 40 years. The family has another Mamoun's in New Haven for all this time. I went to High School and University with one of the daughter's from a fine Lebanese Christian family.

                        I do not believe that any money spent there would come back to bite you in the arse.

                        and....many of us out of towners (not living in NYC) grew up eating milicheges out with little regard to the restaurant being kosher supervised. Tuna melts and sundaes at Friendly's and cheese pizza almost anywhere and even felafel at Mamoun's in New Haven were pretty much ok with the kosher teens back around 1970 in New Haven.

                        Things have changed and more supervised food is available, but back then the 'two stomach Jew' was quite common.