Welcome to the home of the original tableside shawarma

Walk-ins are welcomed and please expect a long wait at times.
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My Lebanese Cookbook

Your Lebanese favorites made easy for the whole family

Lebanese cooking is one of the world’s healthiest and most vibrant, flavored with richness of spice, the tang of yogurt and citrus, and the brightness of herbs like mint, cilantro, and parsley. My Lebanese Cookbook shows you how just a few basic ingredients can create deliciously aromatic and zesty dishes your family will love.

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Au Za’atar

Au Za’atar is a Lebanese / Middle Eastern restaurant which has quickly become a destination in the East Village for New Yorker's and tourists alike, serving family recipes from Lebanon and other middle eastern countries. Au Za'atar has become famous for it's signature specialty The Original Tableside Shawarma. You can order your choice of Chicken, Beef or Lamb. The Shawarma is prepared fresh and beautifully mixed in a marinade made with many blended spices. The wait staff brings the Shawarma directly to your table to finish cooking as you enjoy an endless assortment of mezze with a glass of Lebanese wine or beer. When it has finished cooking you can carve it yourself or your server will do it for you. So come and have a unique and engaging culinary experience like no other and enjoy a romantic dinner or an intimate meal with friends and family in New York's legendary East Village.

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East Village Location:
188 Ave A (Corner of 12th street & Ave A)
New York, NY 10009
Current Hours Every Day 11 am - 11 pm
Reservations are highly recommended.
Midtown East Location:
1063 1st Ave (Corner of 58th street & 1st Ave)
New York, NY 10022
Current Hours Every Day 5 pm - 10 pm
Reservations are highly recommended.