Zaytoons

★★★★☆
  • 283 Smith St

    Brooklyn, NY 11231

    Cross street: at Sackett St.

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  • 718-875-1880

About Zaytoons

Hours
Mon-Thu 12pm-11pm Fri-Sat 12pm-12am Sun 12pm-10pm
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hi i been go to zaytoons for 2 years i never had any proplem i love the food and the place .
the people work there frindly .
the last 2 time i was there i found big guy behind the counter he left me standing long time wating for him to take my order and he is busy talking with every body
and when he fainily take my order he give me wrong food
and same thing hapin the 2nd time i was there .

i dont have to kiss his hand to take my order
i love zaytoons i want to eat from there but i need batter servic.....

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★★☆☆☆

hi i been go to zaytoons for 2 years i never had any proplem i love the food and the place .
the people work there frindly .
the last 2 time i was there i found big guy behind the counter he left me standing long time wating for him to take my order and he is busy talking with every body
and when he fainily take my order he give me wrong food
and same thing hapin the 2nd time i was there .

i dont have to kiss his hand to take my order
i love zaytoons i want to eat from there but i need batter servic.....

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Fresh. Friendly. Consistent. You can't go wrong. I have been eating here for years and have NEVER had a bad meal.

[ this one person who gave it a bad review might prefer fast food? I like how they mention the "Hispanics" in the kitchen. What is THAT supposed to mean? ]

DELIGHTFUL and DELISH!

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★★★★☆

Fresh. Friendly. Consistent. You can't go wrong. I have been eating here for years and have NEVER had a bad meal.

[ this one person who gave it a bad review might prefer fast food? I like how they mention the "Hispanics" in the kitchen. What is THAT supposed to mean? ]

DELIGHTFUL and DELISH!

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The vanderbuilt location was a tremendous disappointment. 1 poor waiter serving a full restaurant. Hard, overcooked, almost black, old falafels, the cucumber yogurt so salty you couldn't eat it, the rice was cold, yes cold! And the salad was very boring and make with out any care (despite 5 hispanics working in the kitchen, but hey maybe thats why) What a waste of money!! Yuck!

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★☆☆☆☆

The vanderbuilt location was a tremendous disappointment. 1 poor waiter serving a full restaurant. Hard, overcooked, almost black, old falafels, the cucumber yogurt so salty you couldn't eat it, the rice was cold, yes cold! And the salad was very boring and make with out any care (despite 5 hispanics working in the kitchen, but hey maybe thats why) What a waste of money!! Yuck!

Pros: Cant think of anything

Cons: Very bad food

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beststreetbrooklyn.blogspot

One of my favorite things about Middle Eastern restaurants is that
they tend to be BYOB, a plus for any New Yorker on a budget. With a
six pack in hand to split with my dining companion, this Zaytoons in
Carroll Gardens was already a step ahead of the game (note that
Zaytoons on Smith & Sackett is BYOB while its sister restaurant on
Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights is not, once again proving that Smith
Street = Best Street).

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★★★★☆

beststreetbrooklyn.blogspot

One of my favorite things about Middle Eastern restaurants is that
they tend to be BYOB, a plus for any New Yorker on a budget. With a
six pack in hand to split with my dining companion, this Zaytoons in
Carroll Gardens was already a step ahead of the game (note that
Zaytoons on Smith & Sackett is BYOB while its sister restaurant on
Vanderbilt in Prospect Heights is not, once again proving that Smith
Street = Best Street).

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I had the best dinner last night @ Zaytoons. Friends and I had to wait only 10 mins for a table, but the food came out in ten mins also. We ordered a meze plate of 5 different salads. Cucumber yogurt was creamy and the grape leaves were tasty. Individual pizzas made it easy to share and experience different tastes. The staff was so great. The waitress was very busy so she forgot our water but we didn't mind too much since it was byob. I will go back and plan on sitting outside next time its warmer.

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★★★★☆

I had the best dinner last night @ Zaytoons. Friends and I had to wait only 10 mins for a table, but the food came out in ten mins also. We ordered a meze plate of 5 different salads. Cucumber yogurt was creamy and the grape leaves were tasty. Individual pizzas made it easy to share and experience different tastes. The staff was so great. The waitress was very busy so she forgot our water but we didn't mind too much since it was byob. I will go back and plan on sitting outside next time its warmer.

Pros: food delish but inexpensive

Cons: wait for tables

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I love the place , I love the food , I love the people , I just love everything about the place ..I saw they are opening another middle eastern place on court ..sad to say how people are ...They want to open the same thing as zaytoons ...sad very sad ..I dont care if they open 10 more places ZAYTOONS won't lose me !

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★★★★★

I love the place , I love the food , I love the people , I just love everything about the place ..I saw they are opening another middle eastern place on court ..sad to say how people are ...They want to open the same thing as zaytoons ...sad very sad ..I dont care if they open 10 more places ZAYTOONS won't lose me !

Pros: Everything

Cons: That they opening another place to battle with Zaytoons

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Here's a letter I emailed from the Zaytoons website, and never heard a reply:

We've placed MANY orders from your restaurant, and today would be the last attempt to do so. Just now, I attempted to place an order with one of your employees who was taking the order on the phone. After a misunderstanding (on his part), he proceeded to yell at me on the phone, as I tried to get my co-worker to decide what he wanted on his platter.

I told him there was no need to yell and he responded by telling me that there were others on the line he needed to speak to. I told him calmly that I would no longer be ordering, and hung up. He then called me and asked why I 'just hung up' on him. After letting him know that it was not the case and that I'd hung up after not being happy with the treatment I was getting from him, he simply hung up on me.

I called back and asked to speak to the manager, and of course was told he was 'not around today'. I find that hard to believe, but I expected that response. Let me just reiterate, that I was calm throughout and never rude to your employee - he had no need to be so vile to me. I hope to receive some sort of response from you, but at least wanted to let you know. We are avid fans and friends of restaurateurs in the area, and are no longer customers of Zaytoons.

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★☆☆☆☆

Here's a letter I emailed from the Zaytoons website, and never heard a reply:

We've placed MANY orders from your restaurant, and today would be the last attempt to do so. Just now, I attempted to place an order with one of your employees who was taking the order on the phone. After a misunderstanding (on his part), he proceeded to yell at me on the phone, as I tried to get my co-worker to decide what he wanted on his platter.

I told him there was no need to yell and he responded by telling me that there were others on the line he needed to speak to. I told him calmly that I would no longer be ordering, and hung up. He then called me and asked why I 'just hung up' on him. After letting him know that it was not the case and that I'd hung up after not being happy with the treatment I was getting from him, he simply hung up on me.

I called back and asked to speak to the manager, and of course was told he was 'not around today'. I find that hard to believe, but I expected that response. Let me just reiterate, that I was calm throughout and never rude to your employee - he had no need to be so vile to me. I hope to receive some sort of response from you, but at least wanted to let you know. We are avid fans and friends of restaurateurs in the area, and are no longer customers of Zaytoons.

Pros: none.

Cons: Horrible service, food is not great. Not worth the beratement.

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all i want to say zaytoons is a good place and good food.
but the delivery servic is horrible
i order delivery every 2 days . i dont know whats going on
i never got my order right . i use to got it right and i was happy but not any more
what make me angry when i call to tolde thim about the mistak no one says sorry they make it sound is my mistak..
thats horrible

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★★☆☆☆

all i want to say zaytoons is a good place and good food.
but the delivery servic is horrible
i order delivery every 2 days . i dont know whats going on
i never got my order right . i use to got it right and i was happy but not any more
what make me angry when i call to tolde thim about the mistak no one says sorry they make it sound is my mistak..
thats horrible

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We got food to go at Zaytoons the other night and the food was fine but the person that took our order at the counter was so rude I'll never go back. He spoke to us rudely, kept interrupting us, and then once our bag was packed, let it sit on the counter in front of us for 5 minutes before telling us it was ours (knowing full well we were standing there the entire time). There are plenty of other great places to eat Middle Eastern food in Brooklyn so there is no reason to support a place that treats customers so poorly.

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★★☆☆☆

We got food to go at Zaytoons the other night and the food was fine but the person that took our order at the counter was so rude I'll never go back. He spoke to us rudely, kept interrupting us, and then once our bag was packed, let it sit on the counter in front of us for 5 minutes before telling us it was ours (knowing full well we were standing there the entire time). There are plenty of other great places to eat Middle Eastern food in Brooklyn so there is no reason to support a place that treats customers so poorly.

Pros: good food

Cons: really rude counter help

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This place is tiny, so it's much easier to go during the warmer months when you can sit outside. The food is consistently amazing and in large quantity. Leg of lamb is the best dish and without bothering with appetizers, will leave anyone full. No alcohol.

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★★★★★

This place is tiny, so it's much easier to go during the warmer months when you can sit outside. The food is consistently amazing and in large quantity. Leg of lamb is the best dish and without bothering with appetizers, will leave anyone full. No alcohol.

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I have been eating at Zaytoons at least once a week for the past 6 months. I usually go with friends who all love the food and the service. I must admit beside loving the food I go to look at the guy with all the muscles who works there. He makes my dining experience worth it more than I can say. WOW! Who needs dessert when you can look at him!

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★★★★★

I have been eating at Zaytoons at least once a week for the past 6 months. I usually go with friends who all love the food and the service. I must admit beside loving the food I go to look at the guy with all the muscles who works there. He makes my dining experience worth it more than I can say. WOW! Who needs dessert when you can look at him!

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I have eaten here many times and always been pleased with food and service. Ordered delivery with a friend recently; the order arrived incorrectly so we sent back the side for which we had been incorrectly charged. The delivery guy was very understanding and polite, but then minutes later the dispatcher/owner called and blew his top about a ***$2*** item. I explained the situation, and he started giving me a hard time, so I hung up. I then received EIGHT phone calls from at least 3 different numbers -- all of them clearly from the restaurant. Considered calling the police and reporting harrassment. Will *NEVER* order take-out from them again, which is a shame because the food was yummy.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have eaten here many times and always been pleased with food and service. Ordered delivery with a friend recently; the order arrived incorrectly so we sent back the side for which we had been incorrectly charged. The delivery guy was very understanding and polite, but then minutes later the dispatcher/owner called and blew his top about a ***$2*** item. I explained the situation, and he started giving me a hard time, so I hung up. I then received EIGHT phone calls from at least 3 different numbers -- all of them clearly from the restaurant. Considered calling the police and reporting harrassment. Will *NEVER* order take-out from them again, which is a shame because the food was yummy.

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i went here for dinner on my first date with my boyfriend, and i fell in love with it from the start. i find myself always craving their hummus and their spinach pie is so good. they're a bit cramped and sometimes there's a wait, but i hear they're going to expand so that's a plus.

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★★★★★

i went here for dinner on my first date with my boyfriend, and i fell in love with it from the start. i find myself always craving their hummus and their spinach pie is so good. they're a bit cramped and sometimes there's a wait, but i hear they're going to expand so that's a plus.

Pros: great food

Cons: small space, sometimes a wait to get in

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I live right around the corner from Zaytoon's and have been dining there regularly for the past 5 years. The food is phenominal and the prices are great. Their hummus is outstanding. The falafel and the pizzas are all very good as well. In my opinion it is the best restaurant in the nieghborhood, and that's really saying something as there are many great places to eat there. This is always the first place I recommend to people who are exploring or new to the area.

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★★★★★

I live right around the corner from Zaytoon's and have been dining there regularly for the past 5 years. The food is phenominal and the prices are great. Their hummus is outstanding. The falafel and the pizzas are all very good as well. In my opinion it is the best restaurant in the nieghborhood, and that's really saying something as there are many great places to eat there. This is always the first place I recommend to people who are exploring or new to the area.

Pros: phenominal food

Cons: small space

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This food was excellent! I had the sundried tomato, pepper, scallion dip with the flat bread for a starter. Then I had the shish kabab (lamb) with thier fragrant rice and light salad, DELICISOUS!!! My bf did not like all his food but I made ALL the right choices. :-) For the amount of food we ate, STUFFED to the GILLS and my bf can eat, it came out to $40 for the two of us including the ice mint tea we had! WONDERFUL deal... could not believe how inexpensive it was!!!

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★★★★★

This food was excellent! I had the sundried tomato, pepper, scallion dip with the flat bread for a starter. Then I had the shish kabab (lamb) with thier fragrant rice and light salad, DELICISOUS!!! My bf did not like all his food but I made ALL the right choices. :-) For the amount of food we ate, STUFFED to the GILLS and my bf can eat, it came out to $40 for the two of us including the ice mint tea we had! WONDERFUL deal... could not believe how inexpensive it was!!!

Pros: Great food and atmosphere...

Cons: The are not closer to my house... :-)

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Some Friday's I'm just broke, but since I'm committed to eating out every Friday night, I 'm glad there is a Zaytoons. On a cold winter evening, when you open their door, the smell of roasting overwhelms you. Your glasses fog and you settle in for some soup and hommus. Toni and I brought our own wine last week. Good deal - 4 dinners for less than $35... total. Delicious!

michele

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★★★★★

Some Friday's I'm just broke, but since I'm committed to eating out every Friday night, I 'm glad there is a Zaytoons. On a cold winter evening, when you open their door, the smell of roasting overwhelms you. Your glasses fog and you settle in for some soup and hommus. Toni and I brought our own wine last week. Good deal - 4 dinners for less than $35... total. Delicious!

michele

Pros: value, menu

Cons: crowded

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We had gone to Zaytoon's numerous times and had good experiences. Recently, we called to place an order for delievery. When the order arrived, it was incorrect. We called the restaurant and I spoke to the owner. He insisted this is what I had ordered and refused to fix the problem, so we sent the food back with the delievery man. A few minutes later the owner actually called me and YELLED at me! He said to never order or come back there again, which of course, we won't.

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★☆☆☆☆

We had gone to Zaytoon's numerous times and had good experiences. Recently, we called to place an order for delievery. When the order arrived, it was incorrect. We called the restaurant and I spoke to the owner. He insisted this is what I had ordered and refused to fix the problem, so we sent the food back with the delievery man. A few minutes later the owner actually called me and YELLED at me! He said to never order or come back there again, which of course, we won't.

Cons: attitude, cleanliness

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Zaytoons is a restaurant right on Smith Street. This place has pretty inexpensive food ranging seven to ten dollars for a dish. Their food taste good and their setting are pretty good. One plate that is pretty food is mixed salad called Mezza Plate. It is recommended that you stop by and try their taste. Service is good.

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★★★★☆

Zaytoons is a restaurant right on Smith Street. This place has pretty inexpensive food ranging seven to ten dollars for a dish. Their food taste good and their setting are pretty good. One plate that is pretty food is mixed salad called Mezza Plate. It is recommended that you stop by and try their taste. Service is good.

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I had heard of Zaytoons before, but had never been there to check it out. The food was some of the best Middle Eastern food I have ever had. I definitely recommend this place to anyone craving some steaming hot schwarma.

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★★★★★

I had heard of Zaytoons before, but had never been there to check it out. The food was some of the best Middle Eastern food I have ever had. I definitely recommend this place to anyone craving some steaming hot schwarma.

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This place is great. Everyone is so nice and the service has greatly improved. The kabobs are cooked to perfection. Everything on the menu is fabulous. It is very affordable and a great place to go on a date. Don't forget to BYOB.

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★★★★★

This place is great. Everyone is so nice and the service has greatly improved. The kabobs are cooked to perfection. Everything on the menu is fabulous. It is very affordable and a great place to go on a date. Don't forget to BYOB.

Pros: Great Food, BYOB, Affordable

Cons: Sometimes slow servic, Don't Deliver 24/7!

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Zaytoons' homemade pita bread is the best I've ever had, hands down. The sandwiches, platters, and pitzas are top notch too, but I could make a meal just out of their pita bread and babaganoush. YUM.

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★★★★★

Zaytoons' homemade pita bread is the best I've ever had, hands down. The sandwiches, platters, and pitzas are top notch too, but I could make a meal just out of their pita bread and babaganoush. YUM.

Pros: tasty food, quick service, cheap

Cons: very small

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The pitzas (pizza toppings on a large, thick pita) can feed two if you share an appetizer, and that makes it easy to walk out of here without spending a fortune. Also recommended is the falafel platter or the platter with olives, hummus, etc. The restaurant is one of the few on Smith Street with a bring your own beer/wine policy.

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★★★★☆

The pitzas (pizza toppings on a large, thick pita) can feed two if you share an appetizer, and that makes it easy to walk out of here without spending a fortune. Also recommended is the falafel platter or the platter with olives, hummus, etc. The restaurant is one of the few on Smith Street with a bring your own beer/wine policy.

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I've tried most of the menu and have never been dissapointed. Their appetizers are especially nice and a selection of them can make a wonderful light meal. The lentil soup is a must. I crave Zaytoons at least twice a week.

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★★★★☆

I've tried most of the menu and have never been dissapointed. Their appetizers are especially nice and a selection of them can make a wonderful light meal. The lentil soup is a must. I crave Zaytoons at least twice a week.

Pros: Lentil soup, Fatoosh Salad, Hummus

Cons: Inconsistent service

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Went there on a Sunday recently. My chicken pita sandwich was the best pita sandwich, BEST, that I've ever had. All ingredients were delicious, but the tahini was out of this world. The falafel sandwich was also very good. And it's great value: $12 for two sandwiches and two drinks, incl. taxes but before tip.

Now for the bad part. We had to wait a good 45 minutes to get our food served. We're talking pita sandwiches here. They were woefully understaffed: only two waiters instead of the four needed, short in the kitchen too (this I was told later). Waiter seemed like a nice guy but he was overwhelmed and impossible to track down. Could've been simply a bad day. Or they could simply be suffering from their own success.

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★★★☆☆

Went there on a Sunday recently. My chicken pita sandwich was the best pita sandwich, BEST, that I've ever had. All ingredients were delicious, but the tahini was out of this world. The falafel sandwich was also very good. And it's great value: $12 for two sandwiches and two drinks, incl. taxes but before tip.

Now for the bad part. We had to wait a good 45 minutes to get our food served. We're talking pita sandwiches here. They were woefully understaffed: only two waiters instead of the four needed, short in the kitchen too (this I was told later). Waiter seemed like a nice guy but he was overwhelmed and impossible to track down. Could've been simply a bad day. Or they could simply be suffering from their own success.

Pros: Food

Cons: Short-staffed, Long wait

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After a pitcher of Sangria right down the block this place was an oasis for a good bite to eat. The hummus was spectacular along with the shrimp pizza made to order. The BYOB policy saved us a few bucks and I left very satisfied! I'll be back...

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★★★★★

After a pitcher of Sangria right down the block this place was an oasis for a good bite to eat. The hummus was spectacular along with the shrimp pizza made to order. The BYOB policy saved us a few bucks and I left very satisfied! I'll be back...

Pros: inexpensive, tasty, service - great

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Cheap, good food with a friendly staff and a BYOB policy - what more could you ask for? Zaytoons has mastered the art of serving standard middle eastern food that can easily become a staple in anyone's diet. I often have a hard time prying myself away from the chicken shwarma to try other delicious items on the menu. This is a must try and easily fits within anyone's budget. I think it's even worth a trip for non-Brooklynites!

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★★★★★

Cheap, good food with a friendly staff and a BYOB policy - what more could you ask for? Zaytoons has mastered the art of serving standard middle eastern food that can easily become a staple in anyone's diet. I often have a hard time prying myself away from the chicken shwarma to try other delicious items on the menu. This is a must try and easily fits within anyone's budget. I think it's even worth a trip for non-Brooklynites!

Pros: Great Food, Inexpensive, Friendly Service

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I love the inexpensive, authentic food at Zaytoons, but their delivery service is horrible! I've had them deliver to me twice, and both times the appetizer I ordered was missing. The first time, I attempted to call them back and got only an answering machine (numerous times!). The second time, I called, informed them that my food was missing, was told that they would deliver it within five minutes, and then had to call them again when this didn't happen. I finally got my appetizer, but without the bread it was supposed to come with. I suggest dining in the restaurant only.

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★★★★☆

I love the inexpensive, authentic food at Zaytoons, but their delivery service is horrible! I've had them deliver to me twice, and both times the appetizer I ordered was missing. The first time, I attempted to call them back and got only an answering machine (numerous times!). The second time, I called, informed them that my food was missing, was told that they would deliver it within five minutes, and then had to call them again when this didn't happen. I finally got my appetizer, but without the bread it was supposed to come with. I suggest dining in the restaurant only.

Pros: inexpensive, good food

Cons: delivery service

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Considering there's an almost-as-good restaurant under the name "Zaytoon" in Dublin, there must be something about that name that brings tastiness to a restaurant. The food is never disappointing, with excellent chicken kabobs and falafel. The pitzas are a hightlight (I'm salivating right now thinking of them) and the pitas are the best of the five boroughs. The price... well, when I was broke, this was the only restaurant I went to. Excellent all around. Two broken thumbs up (this is Brooklyn, after all).

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★★★★★

Considering there's an almost-as-good restaurant under the name "Zaytoon" in Dublin, there must be something about that name that brings tastiness to a restaurant. The food is never disappointing, with excellent chicken kabobs and falafel. The pitzas are a hightlight (I'm salivating right now thinking of them) and the pitas are the best of the five boroughs. The price... well, when I was broke, this was the only restaurant I went to. Excellent all around. Two broken thumbs up (this is Brooklyn, after all).

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simple dishes cheap eat dispite the kitchen smell you have when you get out.

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★★★☆☆

simple dishes cheap eat dispite the kitchen smell you have when you get out.

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They just keep improving; check out their weekend seafood entrees the Kabobs are a must.

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★★★★★

They just keep improving; check out their weekend seafood entrees the Kabobs are a must.

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Very good falafel. The restaurant itself is fine for a quick meal, but best thing about Zaytoon's is that they deliver.

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★★★★★

Very good falafel. The restaurant itself is fine for a quick meal, but best thing about Zaytoon's is that they deliver.

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Zaytoons has the standard kasbah trappings, with hanging lanterns, dark, tasseled curtains and a decorative hookah or two, but here the food--more than the atmosphere--creates a transporting experience. Open later than most of the nearby…

 

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