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Vogue Reviews: Zooba, New York City

Zooba NYC | Courtesy of Zooba

Zooba NYC. Courtesy of Zooba

Where: 100 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012, United States

The Low Down: The famous fast-casual chain Zooba, hailing from Cairo, has made its way to New York City, debuting at the fashionable district of Nolita.  

Renowned for its Egyptian street food, New Yorkers are in for a real treat with the head chef Moustafa El Refaey and co-founder Chris Khalifa bringing a devoted comfort menu, including a mix of traditional bites as well as new modern twists.

Menu highlights include ta’ameya aka Egyptian falafel made with a mystery formula comprising of fava beans and herb blend – who doesn’t love a dish with a secret recipe? The ta’ameya, which is fried and stuffed into homemade Baladi bread, comes in a range of flavors that can be infused according to a person’s mood and appetite. 

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Other street food classics dished up at Zooba include koshari – a hearty mix of braised chickpeas, lentils, macaroni, and rice – as well as hawawshi – beef patties. Prices are incredibly affordable, and portions delightfully plentiful.

While, the food is the main draw it isn’t the only appealing thing about the restaurant. Also go for the unique and cosy vibe thanks to the cool LED lighting and kitsch decor, including hand-painted wall paintings paying respect to Cairo’s street carts.

Recommended dishes: Five packs of ta’ameya with classic tahini and pickled lemon sauce.

Dress code: Stylish yet casual.

Vogue Verdict: Perfect place to spend an exciting get-together with your loved ones, while trying a new take on Egyptian cuisine. 

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