How authentic is Grill 212? Hijabi authentic. (Manhattan)
Rare, but nice, to find a kosher place in this town that attracts diners who appear and sound Arab, including hijabis. I love the food at Grill 212, and assume that the Arab crowd it sometimes attracts is a testament to the authenticity of the food. This is a small place on West 80th. Not at all fancy, probably does more business take-out than eat in. A Yemenite treasure.
I like this place a lot. Ii find it to be one of the better Israeli-Yemenite places in the city.
I don't know about Arabs, but a large group of my friends, critical palates all, got take-out there recently to eat at someone's apartment. Everyone, even the Syrian Jews among us, thought the food was wonderful. We ordered a variety of dishes and every one of them was delicious, even the fried tilapia. Often the fish at a kosher fleishig place is there only as a sop to those who don't eat meat, but this fish was as fresh and tasty as the rest of the dishes.