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I'll pass on the gyro, where is the best shawerma in NYC?


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I'll pass on the gyro, where is the best shawerma in NYC?

Mtbdec28 | Jun 4, 2011 11:17 AM

I just moved here from San Francisco Bay Area and I am surprised by the lack of good shawerma places, in fact I haven't found one yet. What they call shawerma here is actually gyro. I can't understand why gyro is much popular here, is it cheaper and faster to make and more convenient to eat? I don't understand the appeal of it, gyro has some mystery meatloaf-like meat, topped with of all things green and red cabbage and even spinach, sometimes containing a mayo or watery yogurt sauce, and enclosed in a small pitiful pita. I would like to find real shawerma like the ones I would find in Arab-owned restaurants in the Bay Area. Meat whether chicken or lamb is usually marinated in Middle Eastern spices and herbs, lemon juice and olive oil, grilled on the spit, then topped with tomatoes, parsley, onions, picked turnips and cucumbers, slathered in a spicy tasty tahini sauce, wrapped in lavash (maybe not authentic but still much better) and grilled, and then served with a garlicky yogurt sauce and red chili pepper sauce. The portions are huge! The only thing that came close to this is shawerma from Karam restaurant in Bay ridge, but it was lacking flavor and the sauce had an overwhelming old garlic taste, it is like they use the jarred minced garlic. Know of any places that serve Arab style shawerma in Nyc?

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