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First Oasis, Syrian in Bay Ridge


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First Oasis, Syrian in Bay Ridge

myclawyer | Feb 25, 2008 06:29 AM

First Oasis
9218 4th Ave

Easy access from the R train. Sit at the back of the train and exit the north stairs. The restaurant is 1/2 block north on 4th Avenue.

After reading Sietsema's review, I decided to make the trek. For me, it was a schlep, since I live in Rego Park, but I can honestly say that this was well worth the 1.5 hour R Train ride. Everything about this place was fabulous. The raw kibbeh (Minced raw lean lamb w/cracked wheat, onion & spices topped w/olive oil) was delicious. The humus was also wonderful, as was the pita bread served with it.

For the main course, I had the lamb ouzi (pieces of lamb mixed w/vegetables, rice, raisins & nuts baked in phyllo dough served w/cucumber yogurt salad). This was one of the most delicious meals I have ever had. My SO had the vegetable ouzi and she raved about it as well.

I had a cup of Syrian coffee for dessert. This coffee is slightly sweetened, a thick consistency and was absolutely wonderful.

The space was bright, clean and modern. The owner is a delightful fellow named Said who told me that he used to have a restaurant with the same menu in the Village but that the rents got too high.

This restaurant is definitely on my list and, despite the trek, I will return.

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