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Alibaba on Amsterdam and 85th St.

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Alibaba on Amsterdam and 85th St.

Dave Feldman | Aug 10, 2001 12:51 AM

I don't want to oversell this place, as I've only had two meals here, but if nothing else, I urge Chowhounds to try the turkey shawarma, which is wonderfully moist. After the turkey is carved from the rotisserie, it is grilled and then the the grill-guy asks what you want on it. I'm not big on humus on shwarma, but everything else is fresh and the hot sauce is tasty. I love being able to custom-order (extra onions for me). But the key to the sandwich, albeit with a $1.50 surcharge, is the fantastic homemade Lafah, homemade Yemenite pita.

Withe each order, you are also given a small takeout container, which you can fill with any of 12 or so vegetables, some fresh and some marinated.

The babaganoush and humus are indifferent, but the place is full of interesting stuff, including a lot of interesting soups (including Hameen, a Yemenite version of Cholent), cornish hen kebabs, bourekas, etc.

Kosher. Closed on Sabbath. Free deliveries for orders above $15 from 72-96th St. on the west side.

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