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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Trattoria L’icontro is not only awesome, but worthy of a trip to Astoria with a group of your friends. Everything about the space is thoroughly cheesy and overstated, but that's kind of the whole point. No gimmicks, just really good Italian food and really nice people.
"NO MENUS. JUST FISH" is pretty much everything you need to know about this Astoria restaurant.
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Zizi Limona is a Middle Eastern spot in Williamsburg that works for pretty much any casual dinner situation.
Samesa is a small counter-service spot in Williamsburg that serves great Middle Eastern food.
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Nargis Bar & Grill
Nargis serves good Uzbek food in a casual space in Park Slope. Expect big portions of salads, meat-filled dumplings, and kebabs.
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