Brooklyn – Williamsburg
436 Union Ave at Metropolitan St, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Your dollar goes far at this tiny Middle Eastern joint from the Egyptian immigrant family that brought you Taco Chula. Start with a plate of homemade pickles or the creamy baba ghanoush and move on to a heaping mixed grill of tender spice-inflected chicken, shish kebab and kofta. The restaurant"s namesake is a family recipe made the Egyptian way--with fava beans rather than chickpeas; one of the three available varieties is the flavor-laced Parisien, which is stuffed with French fries, fried eggplant, cucumber and sauerkraut. Seating is limited, but in warmer months the tiny dining room leads to a cozy outdoor eating area, where you can bring your own booze.
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