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Grill212 - anybody been yet? Manhattan, UWS

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AdinaA Aug 30, 2012 11:12 AM

I somehow missed this opening. http://www.grill212.com 212 W. 80th I've been missing Darna.

Anybody been yet?

It self-describes as Yemenite, and, the way I see it, since they can't spell "Shanitzel" http://www.grill212.com/index.php?p=v... , maybe they really are Timanim.

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    craigcep Aug 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    The menu looks like it's similar to Ali Baba (same price point). Is it sit down? Take out?

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      Maven123 Aug 30, 2012 12:55 PM

      There are a few tables in the back of this long narrow store. The food was absolutely delicious.
      I had the grilled chicken on a Laffa. There was a nice selection from the salad bar to choose from including, Moroccan carrots, potato salad, coleslaw etc. The tables are not as close together as in Ali Baba so I was much more comfortable. They make their own desserts which are typically Moroccan. I understand they will have challah and take out for shabbat in the next few weeks.

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        helou Aug 30, 2012 03:48 PM

        They can't spell "Noodle" either (see Soup menu), so maybe theyr'e just bad spellers. :-)

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          AdinaA Aug 31, 2012 04:11 AM

          Oh but Maven123 says they can cook; in my esperiense por speling does not produse gud cuking.

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            helou Aug 31, 2012 04:17 AM

            Your rite.

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          AdinaA Sep 3, 2012 04:27 PM

          I liked it a lot.

          The food tastes like what Grandma used to make, if your Grandma came from Sana'a.

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            GilaB Nov 5, 2012 07:37 PM

            We had a very positive experience on Saturday night. The restaurant smelled wonderfully of baking bread. We ordered the Yemenite beef and calf's leg soups, which were rich and hearty; I wasn't quite expecting the cartilage in the calf's leg soup, but I enjoyed it anyway. They came with enormous loaves of Yemenite bread, perhaps a pound of bread per person, as well as dishes of hilba (Yemenite herb dip) and schug. My husband also got a falafel, which came with a salad bar; the falafel itself was quite good, the salad bar a respectable example of the form. I believe the whole thing cost about $28. The staff was friendly and pleasant, and we would definitely go back.

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              PotatoPuff Nov 19, 2012 08:49 AM

              Finally went- the portions are enormous! The owners are very friendly and accommodating, but they still seem to be ironing out some details in terms of running the restaurant (they didn't know their hours, had chairs with no tables, customers walking in to the kitchen, etc.) The food was good, particularly the laffa bread.

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                AdinaA Nov 27, 2012 11:15 AM

                We arrived as a family group with 7 adults and 2 small children. they helped us throw several of the small tables together in the tiny dining room. Insisted on feeding the little ones first. While they ate hot dogs and bread with hummus, we adults feasted on hot-from-the-oven bread, salads, and huge bowls of a wonderfully flavorful soup, thick with beef. they serve this with a thick green sauce that you stir in, involving eggplant, cilantro, and I -don-know-what-else. Delicious.

                It was chaotic. Slightly amateurish - the host behaved more like a fond uncle delighted ot have us drop in. But the food was wonderful, the experience was fun, and the entire bill came to $87. Including soft drinks.

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                EGNUWS Mar 5, 2013 01:36 PM

                Love this place really good shwarma and a home style feel... not fancy but amazing food and really nice owners!

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                  PotatoPuff Mar 6, 2013 07:15 AM

                  And their prices are really reasonable. Where else can you get a kosher burger in Manhattan (with fries and salad nonetheless) for under $10?

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