Cafe Arzu. 101-05 Queens Blvd. NYC

Offering some of the best kebabs I’ve ever tasted in the city, this Uzbek kosher restaurant has its loyal customers, and rightly so; make sure you request the pilaf in advance, a mistake we innocently made. Beef neck, lamb and chicken kebabs were all of supreme quality, and the spicy tomato salad and Uygur manty (pumpkin or beef) are fresh and easy to share. Samsas are recommended, and most regulars order pasta and soup here too. Service is shaky but the prices and BYOB policy keeps people happy.


Subway: 67th Ave (M, R)


Rego Pita. 97-12 Queens Blvd. NYC

Friendly quick Israeli food in a no-frills space; their mixed lamb shawarma meat was tasty, though a little dry, and the pita could be toasted just a little more. Falafel is hearty, serve-yourself salad choices are great, and the baba ganoush isn’t all that bad. The pastels have great texture, even if the pumpkin one is a little on the sweet side for my taste.


Subway: 63rd Drive Rego Pk (M)