Kabab Egyptian Moroccan food Astoria

Posted on February 1, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Middle Eastern |

Kabab (25-12 Steinway St at 25th Ave) If food can be called sexy, you want a poster of this stuff pinned to your ceiling… above your bed. Just walking into Kabab is an experience in itself. The small restaurant is decorated with colorful tiles and old artifacts like photos, turn of the century subway maps and antique instruments. The world music playing is almost as seductive as the aroma of the food. This tiny eatery’s kitchen is situated in the middle of the cozy restaurant. You can watch as Chef Ali prepares your savory meal with special herbs and spices. Ali not only prepares the food, but also is your host for the evening. Restaurants don’t get much more intimate than this. Ali won’t be giving you a menu- rather than taking your order, he caters to your particular taste.  Serving you mouth watering duck or lamb with apricot brown rice and seared greens. Don’t eat meat? Try the vegetarian friendly cous cous with vegetable medleys. Looking for a lighter meal? How about the savory fish or chicken entrees. The apple and beet salads are arranged on your plate in such an artistic way you almost hesitate before biting into the delectable morsels. Kabab is a restaurant of grand taste but not grand expenses. Ali doesn’t take credit so be sure to bring cash. It’s best to bring your own wine of choice- as the selection is limited. If the restaurant is full, you can head over next door to the bigger version, Mombar-it’s partner serving up a similar menu. Air conditioning is limited so if you’re thinking of going in the hotter months you might want to get take out. Although you will miss out on the scarlet colored hibiscus tea brought to you in a wine glass.

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