Seeing someone shaving roasting spits of meat with an electric saw into pitas and platters is pretty common in this part of Astoria (Little Egypt). But the quality of the shawarma and kebabs at Duzan set it apart from the other counter-service Middle Eastern spots in the area. We recommend the chicken shawarma and some creamy hummus, and make sure to try all of the different sauces, like the very spicy harissa.
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Artopolis Bakery is a coffee shop in Astoria that specializes in Greek pastries and dark roast coffee.
The Strand Smokehouse
The Strand is a huge garage-like space filled with picnic tables. Bring a group, and try some of the best barbecue in Astoria.
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Studio is the all-day restaurant on the second floor of the Freehand Hotel, and it’s a great place to eat a burger and people watch.
You’re going to need an hour on the train to get to Tanoreen. But if you appreciate Middle Eastern or Mediterranean food, it’s more than worth it.
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A falafel sandwich at Taim is the best thing you can get in NYC for less than $10 and also theoretically eat daily without disastrous consequences.
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