Ever since we came back from our 2 week stint in Israel, I’ve been on the hunt for good hummus like Mike Tyson seeking fine Orecchiette (baby ear shape pasta). I’ve had good Hummus at Mimi’s and Zion Deli in Brooklyn, Hummus Kitchen in Hells Kitchen, and a fine Hummus with Srug at Ta’im among other spots. But as soon as I tasted the Hummus with lamb and pine nuts at Gazala’s Place I was transported. The creamiest, smoothest, nuttiest, freshest I’ve had so far.
Gazala’s Place is the creation of Gazala Halabi who brings her Druze recipes from Daliyat El-Carmel, a Druze village perched on Mt. Carmel. While in Israel we visited the Druze village next door, Usafia and had a memorable Druze hospitality lunch there while learning about their way of life.
Gazala also dishes out large, herby, delicious falafel balls, nice fresh salads, and various tasty hummus and Hummus-like specialties like the pictured Foul Massary, fava beans with tomatoes. Their Bourekas of the day which I havent tried yet also looks terrific.
I cant guarantee that this is the best Hummus in town but I can guarantee without a doubt that this is the best Druze with Russian waitresses in Hells Kitchen. Gazala opened another location on Columbus and shows her Russian fetish there as well. Check it out readers. Both of you!
Calculating the effort in traveling 2-3 hours each way for this hummus… Yes, it’s on the bucket list.