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Jun 13, 2012 09:16 AM

best shwarma in new york area

where is the best shwarma restaurant in the area

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    1. re: njkosher

      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.

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

      1. 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

          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.

          1. re: DeisCane

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

            1. re: The Cameraman

              Is it on the same day each week?

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

              1. re: njkosher

                I believe it's Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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

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

          1) Azuri Cafe ( and Murray's Falafel (
          )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

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

            1. re: hml999

              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.

              1. re: hml999

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