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Aug 7, 2012 03:51 AM

Habibi closed

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  1. That really sucks. Habibi was one of my favorite stops for lunch. Great sandwiches and the best prices for olives around. I'll miss Mehdi.

    1. Huge bummer. I liked Habibi a lot, although I admit I prefer the shwarma at El Shater. Hopefully something good will open in its place instead of another 99 Cent store. A really good Asian market to replace the one that used to be at 48th and QB would be nice!

      1. yeah he had the better falafel his brothers place got better shawarma. But that's really due to the foot traffic. If shater would only fry their falafel to order.

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        1. re: 2slices

          I was at El Shater on Saturday and I think one of the guys who used to work at Habibi is there working the counter now. Maybe he brought along his falafel approach.

          1. re: Humbucker

            I'd guess it's just the pace of the store. Habibi wasn't as busy at lunch and had more space so he'd fry when I came in. Shater gets alot more traffic on Qns Blvd. They really do taste much better right out of the oil, habibis were less dense. It's not like shater doesnt fry fresh, but theyre not hot hot when I order.

            We shall see, might go today.

            1. re: 2slices

              It's now called Grill 43. They gutted the place and set it up as a restaurant. No more groceries. Had a delicious chicken doner and patlican salad there yesterday.
              They also serve large and small size versions of the main courses.

              1. re: johnk

                It's a totally different restaurant now - Turkish, not Lebanese.

                1. re: biondanonima

                  Patlican salad is definitely Turkish!

                  1. re: johnk

                    That was my point - Grill 43 is Turkish, Habibi was Lebanese.

        2. I've always been Team El Shater