- Jim Leff Feb 6, 2013 01:18 PM
Sick of the lines at Difara's? Try Sason Grill 1012 E 15th St (between Avenue J & Avenue K) (347) 307-6647) right around the corner.
Old-timers may recall my writings about the Hall Street Kosher Cafe, a trailer set up across from the Brooklyn Navy Yards where an Argentinian Hassid named Mario made Jewish soulfood just like your grandmother. Even great kugel and latkes....stuff you'd never find great in restaurants!
Hall Street is still there, and still good. But Mario has split off to open this more Sephardic joint. He has a stupendously limited menu (falafal, shwarma, salad, and I think that's about it). But wait till you see the crazy things he puts in those sandwiches, and the degree of work he goes to. He peels and cuts whole potatoes to make the accompanying chips, for example.
It's a gastronomic point of light, and I'm thrilled to be back in connection with Mario. Go and be happy. He's closed Friday nights through Sunday (sometimes opens late Sunday afternoon, but weekdays are a better bet).
Great guy, too. You definitely want to talk to him while he cooks (imagine a South American hassidic version of Ali from Kabab Cafe). Naturally, the food is mega-glatt-hyper-kosher.
Some pretty good photos in this kosher blog (thanks to Barry Strugatz for the link):