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Ya Hala Lebanese in Yonkers

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Ya Hala Lebanese in Yonkers

Deven Black | May 8, 2003 05:00 PM

I ate lunch today at Ya Hala Restaurant, a small Lebanese place at 326 S. Broadway in Yonkers (914-476-4200). My guess is the place does most of its business at night because I was the only customer at 12:30 in the afternoon.

I had the Middle Easter Platter ($4.99), a generous serving of babaganoush, hummus, falafel and tabouleh, served with pita, pickles and olives. The babaganoush was wonderfully smoky and had a great thick but not chunky texture. The two falafel balls were freshly fried, not at all oily, with a crisply crunchy exterior and very fresh parsley mixed with chickpea inside. Hummus was very smooth and delicately flavored. I like hummus with more tahini than this one had. The tabouleh was a bit too full of freshly chopped parsley and could have used both more mint and more bulgar wheat.

Prices here are very reasonable: the top price on the menu is $11.99, for a combination of shish kebab, kifta kebab, and shish tawook (chicken kebab) with rice and salad. Steak, and a platter with a whole red snapper are $10,99, and everything else is under $8. I will definitely try to return here to explore the rest of the menu.

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