Restaurants & Bars

Outer Boroughs

one arabian night in astoria...

Share:

Restaurants & Bars 6

one arabian night in astoria...

astoriaboy | Jun 11, 2003 01:17 AM

so, i decided to try the new kabab place under the el (22-75 31st street), al dayaa...i called ahead and ordered the meat combo plate -- shish, chicken and kafta kababs with rice and salad or fries for $13...the owner is very cool and obviously puts a lot of love into his work...he gave me rice, salad, fries and baba ghanoug -- didn't even charge me extra...all the kababs were exceptional...and the baba was awesome -- wonderfully smokey and smooth...i highly recommend this place...it's a great addition to the astorian culinary landscape...

i also was going to have some selections from the brick oven, that are listed on the take-out menu -- spinach pie, in particular...unfortunately, he's not yet set up for that...so, i headed out to djerdan to satisfy that craving...and, as usual, the spinach pie rocked...don't forget to call ahead if you want spinach pie from djerdan...odds are you'll have to wait 20 minutes for them, if you don't...

then, i headed over to laziza to pick up some dessert...not that djerdan doesn't kick ass with their desserts (because they do) -- but, nobody beats the ziz! :) ...i had the two types of kanafa (the orange creations, towards the left of the display)...i remember the last time i was at laziza, there was a father with his three younsters...and the oldest boy pointed at the flat pizza-looking kanafa and said anxiously, "oooh...that's the goooood stuff"...i chuckled and nodded in agreement...laziza is such a gem...everything i have tried there has been exquisite...such subtle flavors -- nothing i have yet tried has been sickly sweet...things here are done with a master's touch -- and lovingly so...

along with the kanafa, i had the pistachio baklava...that's the thing that i have least enjoyed...it is obviously very well made, but it is for people who are serious about their pistachio...to me, it's a little overwhelming...but, i also tried this other little round baklava-type pastry that was lighter on the pistachio...it was just right for me...they were more like the cashew-filled lady fingers, which i love...i also tried, for the first time, a laziza cookie...it looks like an average chocolate cookie...but, it is much better than average -- a delicate bitter-sweet chocolate taste...really nice...if anybody has any other favorites from laziza, please share...i love their honey cake that is slightly accented with coconut -- very special...i'm curious to know how the other cakes are...

very special thanks to andyk!!!...if it weren't for him, who knows how long (if ever) it would have been before i would have known of al dayaa's existence -- much less, that they served up such extraordinary food!...

dominick

Want to stay up to date with this post?