Popular Middle Eastern Restaurant Gazala’s Is Back on the UWS

Gazala’s is once again open on the Upper West Side. The popular Druze restaurant with its signature thin, springy pitas closed in the neighborhood in 2015, and is now back at 447 Amsterdam Ave. between 81st and 82nd streets.

Chef-owner Gazala Halabi has an expanded menu and a full liquor license here. New dishes in addition to her classic spreads, salads, fish, and kebabs include shrimp hummus, a cauliflower tahini salad, and shawarma. The bar in the 100-seat space focuses on Israeli wine and cocktails with arak, an anise liquor.

The UWS location was busy before it closed. Halabi has been looking to return to the neighborhood since, but two leases prior to this fell through. She was 27 when she opened the original location of Gazala’s in Hell’s Kitchen. Now 39, she says the differences in this new location come with that age.

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