Kabab Café

Middle Eastern Restaurant$$$$
Astoria, Astoria
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  • Kathryn Y.
    "... day. Don't miss the lamb brains, lamb cheek, hearts, sweetbreads, liver, or..."(4 Tips)
    MayaPapaya
    "lamb cheek dish and duck dumplings"(2 Tips)
    New York Post
    "his madness into the striking mezze platter"(3 Tips)
    Abigail K.
    "... house. arrive early, byob and get ready for well spiced mezze,..."(2 Tips)
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  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerDecember 28, 2014
    Ali's tiny spot feels like a friend's house. arrive early, byob and get ready for well spiced mezze, cauliflower and more. Vegetarians have lots of options.
  • TeeAnje B.
    TeeAnje BrightAugust 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask Chef Ali what he suggest for the day; as there is no tangible menu to look at. Anything he suggest will be a great try, or ask for the Lamb Shank, and the Duck & Rabbit Ragu.
  • Kathryn Y.
    Kathryn YuAugust 14, 2011
    The menu is given verbally and changes every night. Ask if you can have a mezze plate and the organ meats of the day. Don't miss the lamb brains, lamb cheek, hearts, sweetbreads, liver, or tongue.
  • New York Post
    New York PostSeptember 1, 2014
    El Sayed sublimely blends his madness into the striking mezze platter, filled with freshly fried falafel and chicory leaves, cut apples and crudités, handmade baba ganoush, hummus and ful. Read more
  • Violet B.
    Violet BennettAugust 8, 2015
    Let the chef give you a recommendation. We had a mixed platter of hummus and babaganoush ect with fresh pita to begin, then the lamb shank for a main. Absolutely phenomenal.
  • Bill B.
    Bill B.June 3, 2011
    Beef shank & cows foot: sophisticated cultures understand how good this is. Sweet bread with caper sauce and lamb brain: man is that good. This is one of the best meals I've had in a long time.
  • James C.
    James ColinoApril 6, 2012
    Go early. The chef will entertain you and walk you thru a great variety of animal parts, veggie treats and roasted anything. Amazing.
  • Mike S.
    Mike ShemeshJune 11, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Best restaurant in NYC! Cash only. Start with a mixed plate and don't be afraid to eat the more exotic offerings
  • Claire S.
    Claire SextonMay 7, 2012
    So delicious! Trust the chef, just say what you're allergic to or don't like and Ali will fix you something nice.
  • GourmetLive
    GourmetLiveApril 1, 2011
    Eat like an Egyptian with Kabab Café’s Mezza that’s a typical Middle Eastern appetizer. “It’s a large selection of different vegetables cooked raw in a healthy preparation,” notes Chef Michael Ginor.
  • MayaPapaya
    MayaPapayaFebruary 3, 2010
    I love this place! The owner, Ali, is awesome and everything is delicious and made fresh. Try the lamb cheek dish and duck dumplings - everything is good though.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 15, 2010
    Kabab Cafe is a safe bet for everything from hummus to lamb brain to a few rips off the water pipe with owner El Sayed himself.
  • Melanie W.
    Melanie W.December 26, 2014
    I'd like to go back for a full meal, but am afraid of the fact that they don't have a menu with prices.
  • Kaitlin Y.
    Kaitlin YapchaianDecember 29, 2011
    Get the chicken with duck fat and pomegranate sauce
  • Sheikh H.
    Sheikh HossainOctober 15, 2013
    Horrible experience. Took girlfriend here. Doesn't have a menu. Verbally told us the menu. Didn't give us 30 seconds to choose what we wanted to eat. Told us it's a bad omen and told is to leave.
  • Nora G.
    Nora GomezDecember 19, 2011
    Ask Ali for a recommendation. BYOB!
  • Cate W.
    Cate WJanuary 8, 2012
    The kushari is a great authentic dish!
  • Colleen L.
    Colleen LindsayMarch 28, 2010
    Don't bother with the menu. Let Ali suggest something for you. You won't be sorry!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 27, 2014
    Check out Kebab Cafe as seen on No Reservations Read more
  • Jasmine C.
    Jasmine ChanApril 9, 2014
    Sweetbreads!! Get that. Or everything.
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Anthony Sasso, chef of Casa Mono, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Lamb brains. Read more
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PhanAugust 10, 2014
    Let them decide what you're eating :)
  • Alexandria K.
    Alexandria KOctober 13, 2013
    Overpriced but good home-cooked style Egyptian food
  • Jared
    JaredApril 11
    Trust Ali. He knows.
  • Jon Michael A.
    Jon Michael AnzaloneAugust 13, 2011
    This is NYC's best restaurant.
  • Jon Michael A.
    Jon Michael AnzaloneDecember 6, 2010
    Heaven.
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