When Dr. Mandoo came back to NYC, we met up a few times for lunch. She needed to get acclimated back to the real world aka NYC and I was happy to assist. First up, lunch at Gazala Place. This tiny little Druze Israeli restaurant in Hell's Kitchen has always caught my eye. There was always a person up front working some dough into fluffy round bourekas. Why did I never go before? I don't know. I don't really have an excuse. I just didn't. But finally Dr. Mandoo suggested we go and I was sure glad she did.
These chickpea based fried balls were dotted with parsley, garlic, and spices. The crunch factor was intense. So incredibly crispy on the outside. I thought that maybe it was a bit overly crunchy but Dr. Mandoo loved it.
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