El-Rawsheh

★★★★☆
  • 2548 Steinway St

    Astoria, NY 11103

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  • 718-267-6222

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Mon. - Sun. 10am - 2pm

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This place was recommended to me and I drive in from the city to get food from there. I often call them in advance and have the lovely lady set up appetizers and dips and serve them at dinner parties as appetizers to add some Mediterranean flair to my menu. Prices are very reasonable and ingredients are fresh and tasty.

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★★★★☆

This place was recommended to me and I drive in from the city to get food from there. I often call them in advance and have the lovely lady set up appetizers and dips and serve them at dinner parties as appetizers to add some Mediterranean flair to my menu. Prices are very reasonable and ingredients are fresh and tasty.

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As Newsday has reported awhile back, they do have the best falafel on Steinway Street, and the other items are also fresh and delicious, the fresh lemonade is an authentic treat too. I've lived in the Middle East and I know what I am talking about. This is a family-owned ethnic establishment of the type that used to be common in NYC before commercial rents drove most of them out, so reviewers expecting trendy Manhattan-style decor or Olive Garden style 'corporate' service should stay away. I suspect one of the prior reviewers here never considered the possibility that the waitress was not talkative because she doesn't speak English! That said, if you appreciate Lebanese food and small family businesses, by all means try El Rawsheh.

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★★★★★

As Newsday has reported awhile back, they do have the best falafel on Steinway Street, and the other items are also fresh and delicious, the fresh lemonade is an authentic treat too. I've lived in the Middle East and I know what I am talking about. This is a family-owned ethnic establishment of the type that used to be common in NYC before commercial rents drove most of them out, so reviewers expecting trendy Manhattan-style decor or Olive Garden style 'corporate' service should stay away. I suspect one of the prior reviewers here never considered the possibility that the waitress was not talkative because she doesn't speak English! That said, if you appreciate Lebanese food and small family businesses, by all means try El Rawsheh.

Pros: Authentic, fresh food and authentic atmosphere

Cons: Not fancy or trendy, some servers don't speak English well if that is a problem

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The food was decent and reasonably priced, but the service was terrible! We were seated at a dirty table with the previous customer's leftovers. They removed the items and didn't bother to wipe the table clean. We ended up having to clean the tables ourselves. The menus were sticky and dirty. We had to pay extra for the water! The waitress never opened her mouth, not even to say thank you or you're welcome. The ambience is definitely not romantic because we saw laundry hung on the neighbor's clothing line a few feet away from where we were sitting. The food was average, nothing spectacular. We will definitely not be back!

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★★☆☆☆

The food was decent and reasonably priced, but the service was terrible! We were seated at a dirty table with the previous customer's leftovers. They removed the items and didn't bother to wipe the table clean. We ended up having to clean the tables ourselves. The menus were sticky and dirty. We had to pay extra for the water! The waitress never opened her mouth, not even to say thank you or you're welcome. The ambience is definitely not romantic because we saw laundry hung on the neighbor's clothing line a few feet away from where we were sitting. The food was average, nothing spectacular. We will definitely not be back!

Pros: Service, Ambience

Cons: Food, Value

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I was walking around the neighborhood when the fascinating smells called me in. I ordered (albeit butchered the pronounciation of) the Kafta Mechwi. It was fabulous, esp. combined with Babaghanouj and Pita. Don't let the atmosphere scare you, it's good food.

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★★★★☆

I was walking around the neighborhood when the fascinating smells called me in. I ordered (albeit butchered the pronounciation of) the Kafta Mechwi. It was fabulous, esp. combined with Babaghanouj and Pita. Don't let the atmosphere scare you, it's good food.

Pros: Kafta Mechwi, Babaghanouj, Falafel

 

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