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best shwarma in new york area

bubby13 Jun 13, 2012 09:16 AM

where is the best shwarma restaurant in the area

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    zsero Jun 15, 2012 04:07 AM

    How about Pita Off the Corner. Theirs is made with chicken.

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      ATH44 Jun 14, 2012 10:26 PM

      Can someone please tell me where to find University Pita? I went looking for it and found Num Pang Sandwich Shop…

      I like Olympic Pita (on Coney, I had a very bad experience in Manhattan) they are tasty but probably not the "best". I've never had Pita Hut's lamb shwarma, but I was never impressed by anything I got there.
      I've heard good things about places in Syrian neighborhoods in Brooklyn, McDonald and Kings Highway area, but I don't know anything in specific.

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      1. re: ATH44
        DeisCane Jun 15, 2012 06:08 AM

        It's about 40 feet east of Num Pang.

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          PotatoPuff Jun 15, 2012 07:53 AM

          University Pita is on the north side of the street, the entrance is not actually on University place, and it is definitely easy to miss

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          Moishefrompardes Jun 14, 2012 09:00 PM

          i second university pita.

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            bigredesq Jun 14, 2012 11:06 AM

            In my opinion, best (kosher) in Manhattan are:

            1) Azuri Cafe (http://www.azuricafe.com) and Murray's Falafel (http://murraysfalafel.com
            )2) University Pita
            3) Golan Heights (across from YU - Amsterdam Avenue btwn 186&187)
            4) Olympic Pita - 38th btwn 5th and 6th

            I also would give a special mention to Olympic Pita's Brooklyn branch

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            1. re: bigredesq
              hml999 Jun 26, 2012 11:28 AM

              What's the word on the hashgacha at Murray's Falafel? (R' Shmuel Fishelis)

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                DeisCane Jun 26, 2012 12:13 PM

                Well, this will probably get deleted but here goes. It's closed on shabbos and claims to be glatt. In my experience, both of those are usually hallmarks of a more strict level of supervision.

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                  jeffrosenbaum Jun 26, 2012 01:25 PM

                  It is on the lists of kosher acceptable kosher restaurants put out by synagogues on the upper west side and the upper east side.

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                EvanM Jun 14, 2012 07:38 AM

                But who has authentic lamb shawarma, and who saves money by making it with turkey and padding the turkey with chicken fat and beef fat to hide the dryness of the meat? I know there was a place on Coney Island Avenue which let you pick from a turkey spit, a lamb spit, and a beef spit. But they moved to a bigger fancier location and no longer have such good food. Seriously, so many kosher places are focused on cutting costs that quality really suffers.

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                1. re: EvanM
                  DeisCane Jun 14, 2012 08:47 AM

                  When the good ones use turkey, it's almost always thigh meat, so it shouldn't be dry. Almost no one uses lamb anymore. It's been at least 5-6 years since I saw lamb.

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                    The Cameraman Jun 14, 2012 12:52 PM

                    Pita Hut in Lakewood has lamb twice a week. Worth a trip from anywhere in NJ. 732 987-6160

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                      njkosher Jun 15, 2012 06:32 AM

                      Is it on the same day each week?

                      I have only seen lamb in Israel, and even there its hard to find.

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                        The Cameraman Jun 17, 2012 08:31 AM

                        I believe it's Tuesdays and Thursdays.

                        I've had it, it's pretty good.

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                  PotatoPuff Jun 13, 2012 03:08 PM

                  If Jersey counts as New York area, I think Perfect Pita in Fair Lawn is pretty good.

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                    njkosher Jun 13, 2012 09:59 AM

                    Grill Point in Queens.

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                      DeisCane Jun 13, 2012 10:08 AM

                      I don't know if it's the best, but I think University Pita (12th and University) has really been on its game of late. I think it's as good as anything I've had in Manhattan since Ali Baba went downhill.

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