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Apr 17, 2012 08:51 PM

Best Falafel, kefta, shawarma

I went to Khumar on Main St in Paterson, great falafel, kefta and shawarma. Far better than anything in NYC. The price was right also. The pita was thin and fresh and heated up on the coal grill. Great place. Does anyone know any others

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    1. re: fourunder

      Interesting, i'll try it. But that stretch in Paterson is like going to the Middle East, I recommend highly

      1. re: foodwhisperer

        I hat to admit it, but it has never entered my mind to try some of the Middle Eastern choices available in Paterson, even though it's fairly close to me and I often travel on Route 80, right through the area. Not even when I shop on occasion at nearby Corrado's. I'll have to change that.

      2. Also check out Aleppo in Paterson. They were reviewed in the NY Times about two years ago. Click on the following link, read about Aleppo, then read about five other Middle Eastern restaurants listed at the bottom of the page.

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        1. re: ambrose

          Thanks for the link, the place i went to was Alkumah, 970 Main St.
          I think I have been to Aleppo if that's the place on the corner , it was very good. About equal to Alkumah. Great neighbrhood for this type of food.

        2. Beyond Pita in Montclair is excellent, some items a little pricey but good fresh quality ingredients. Had a Shwarma this week, my favorite. Only negative is they stuff so much in the pita that it is impossible to eat without getting it all over yourself.
          82 Church St
          Montclair, NJ 07042

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          1. re: WarmBeer

            +1 on all counts!
            The only thing I'll add is that I'm not fond of the pitas they use. But their falafel are my favorites! Hummus is excellent too, as is the tabbouleh...

            1. re: Curlz

              Oh, and the Babaganoush, really smoky flavor, which I love, others might not, but for me makes it even better.

              1. re: WarmBeer

                Another vote for their great smoky babagamoush.

          2. King of Shish Kabob, Woodland Park (formerly West Paterson).


            1. Anything like this closer to Ocean County?

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              1. re: katydid13

                There is an Ibby's in downtown Freehold.

                1. re: equal_Mark

                  My son and I stopped by Ibby's/Freehold recently and we both enjoyed a very reasonably priced (18.00 for two) platter each. Falalfel, hummus and feta for me, falafel and the fixins for a nice pita sandwich for my son. It was a quiet early lunch at the cafe but we enjoyed every morsel.

                  The dessert tray near the register looked mighty tempting (what's not to love about pistachio, honey and pastry) but I had already promised Jersey Freeze on the ride back to the homestead.