I have to admit that I haven't been at El Shater in a while, so maybe some of you already know about this. But for those who don't, it's a must try.
El Shater has had (good) pastries for as long as I remember, but it looks to me like they expanded the selection. I went in looking for something else and when I got to the counter to pay I saw, among others, this pastry made with kataifi and pistachios. I couldn't resist and got a couple. (My poor DH didn't get more than half of one.) Divine. Something I immagine a sultan would have for dessert.
It looks like a piece of sushi roll, the rice being replaced by kataifi and the filling by pistachios, held together by the most delicate syrup - I could even taste the rose water in it. The sweetness is just right, so hard to find in middle eastern pastries - so many times overly sweet. The kataifi crumbles in your mouth like a most delicate sable cookie. Should I say more? Try it, you won't be sorry. It's $1.50/pc.
El Shater - corner of 43rd Ave and 43rd St.