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Title: Zaytoun
Post by: ptbass75 on May 28, 2018, 08:34:21 PM
New Mediterranean/Middle Eastern on its way.  Couldn’t see the interior, but sign says they are going to serve falafel and shawarma.  It would be such a great boon to have a slammin’ falafel place nearby. 
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Shelby2 on May 28, 2018, 10:26:04 PM
New Mediterranean/Middle Eastern on its way.  Couldn’t see the interior, but sign says they are going to serve falafel and shawarma.  It would be such a great boon to have a slammin’ falafel place nearby.

Sounds like it would fill a void in the area. Where exactly is it -- is it in the first block after Roosevelt?
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: ptbass75 on May 29, 2018, 10:23:34 AM
 Yes, it is on the east side, About halfway up the block on the other side of Roosevelt. There’s also a new Japanese ice cream roll/crêpe place going up there as well.

 The name of this restaurant is “Zaytoun,”  which upon looking up is Palestinian for the word “Olive.“ So, yes, I think this will be a welcome and gap-filling culinary addition to the neighborhood.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: the80s on May 29, 2018, 11:15:58 AM
Yes, it is on the east side, About halfway up the block on the other side of Roosevelt. There’s also a new Japanese ice cream roll/crêpe place going up there as well.

 The name of this restaurant is “Zaytoun,”  which upon looking up is Palestinian for the word “Olive.“ So, yes, I think this will be a welcome and gap-filling culinary addition to the neighborhood.

Definitely "Zaytoun" and not "Zaytoons"? The latter is a pretty tasty Middle Eastern restaurant with two locations in Brooklyn. https://zaytoons.com

Curious to see what this is either way!
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: dssjh on May 29, 2018, 11:42:07 AM
that would be excellent!

does anyone else remember Greek Captain, which was on 82nd in the '90s? really tasty, cheap seafood -- a spinoff of an Astoria place.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: deja on May 29, 2018, 01:34:23 PM
I remember Greek Captain, used to get take out from them.  If I remember right, they had huge portions for a very reasonable price. 
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Nefsikaa on May 29, 2018, 01:42:46 PM
Just looked them on facebook, they have a page. I'm intrigued to see what they mean by Mediterranean mixed with Colombian. https://www.facebook.com/ZaytounRest/
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: missmarty on June 02, 2018, 03:05:52 PM
We've been on a falafel kick- best right now are to buy either the balls or frozen mix at Trade Fare on 89th and make them ourselves. My 9 year old just had Mamoun's of West Village. 4 came in a bag- I called them Downtown Nuggets! Wish that were an option here.

We just bought what claimed to be a falafel sandwich from a cart on 73rd, next to the delicious award winning schwarma carts- it was not falafel. Some kind of breading chopped and fried like they do to chicken. Next time I go by, I'm going to ask him why he sold us that.

Looking forward to Zaytoon. I was hoping it was the upscale deli style eatery in Lower Manhattan. Just checked and that's Zeytuna.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: jeanette on June 02, 2018, 07:32:13 PM
We've been on a falafel kick- best right now are to buy either the balls or frozen mix at Trade Fare on 89th and make them ourselves. My 9 year old just had Mamoun's of West Village. 4 came in a bag- I called them Downtown Nuggets! Wish that were an option here.

Caffe Bene sells fried ready-to-eat falafel balls in the refrigerated section. Around $6 for a tray of 10 or 12.

We just bought what claimed to be a falafel sandwich from a cart on 73rd, next to the delicious award winning schwarma carts- it was not falafel. Some kind of breading chopped and fried like they do to chicken. Next time I go by, I'm going to ask him why he sold us that.

Some falafel carts throw the balls on the grill and then chop them. That way the product gets mixed throughout the salad in the rolled pita. I prefer it that way.

If you are trying to go vegetarian, ask the grillperson to clean the grill; they will scrape it but some animal fat is still going to transfer onto your falafel. 
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Jeffsayyes on June 03, 2018, 12:07:55 PM
We've been on a falafel kick- best right now are to buy either the balls or frozen mix at Trade Fare on 89th and make them ourselves. My 9 year old just had Mamoun's of West Village. 4 came in a bag- I called them Downtown Nuggets! Wish that were an option here.

Caffe Bene sells fried ready-to-eat falafel balls in the refrigerated section. Around $6 for a tray of 10 or 12.

We just bought what claimed to be a falafel sandwich from a cart on 73rd, next to the delicious award winning schwarma carts- it was not falafel. Some kind of breading chopped and fried like they do to chicken. Next time I go by, I'm going to ask him why he sold us that.

Some falafel carts throw the balls on the grill and then chop them. That way the product gets mixed throughout the salad in the rolled pita. I prefer it that way.

If you are trying to go vegetarian, ask the grillperson to clean the grill; they will scrape it but some animal fat is still going to transfer onto your falafel.


Sounds like we've got falafel covered.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: bellabella on June 03, 2018, 05:14:30 PM
Missmarty you must try Pahal Zan in Forest Hills. By far the best falafel. The place is super tiny but the food is outstanding and the owners are so sweet!!
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: dssjh on June 03, 2018, 06:37:31 PM
near the R train, Bella? or more off Austin? or, of course, i could just look it up....
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Shelby2 on August 03, 2018, 08:05:21 AM
https://twitter.com/zaytounrest
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: MrPlaza on August 03, 2018, 01:27:53 PM
Woohooooo!
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Nefsikaa on August 03, 2018, 03:20:50 PM
Very happy that Zaytoun just had their grand opening yesterday. I didn't have a chance to try the food, but they were very friendly when I stopped by to grab a menu & congratulate them. Family run business. Bright & clean inside. The salad bar area looked clean & fresh. I'm looking forward to trying the food....& wishing them the best of luck!
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: ClydeM on August 03, 2018, 04:23:24 PM
Does anyone else find it odd that the photos they posted on FaceBook and Twitter are just stock photos of mediterranean food?
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: carrefour_ny on August 03, 2018, 06:36:08 PM
I'm sure they'll swap those with their own after they open.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Shelby2 on August 03, 2018, 09:15:36 PM
It's open as of today! Their hours are currently 11 to 11, although in the future they will expand the hours to include breakfast.

(https://i.imgur.com/70soQ8e.jpg?1)

I will post a few more pics.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Shelby2 on August 03, 2018, 09:19:48 PM
This was a small assortment I was given to try. The vegetable sauce was amazing -- not sure what it's called. The food is a mix of Middle Eastern cuisines. The chef is Jordanian and the guy who does some of the cooking is Tunisian.

(https://i.imgur.com/CxYHFo5.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Shelby2 on August 03, 2018, 09:28:13 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/cZXZcH6.jpg?2)

(https://i.imgur.com/uJXuwsd.jpg?2)

(https://i.imgur.com/ZumWe06.jpg?2)

(https://i.imgur.com/VbQPPQw.jpg?2)

(https://i.imgur.com/K2WO5xl.jpg?2)

Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Shelby2 on August 03, 2018, 11:21:35 PM
Last two pics

(https://i.imgur.com/696BTlf.jpg?1)

(https://i.imgur.com/JykasY9.jpg?1)

Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: gente on August 03, 2018, 11:50:43 PM
Stopped by there tonight to grab a menu. I was also given a sampler plate for free. Even though I had just had dinner, I finished everything. It was really good. And the people working there were so friendly. It was one of those places where you walk in and already feel like family. I really wish the best for these guys. They have something really unique going it seems.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: dotley on August 05, 2018, 05:53:13 AM
I stopped in yesterday, talked to the owner, who is a resident of JH, and tried a few menu items.  The hummus was excellent as was the baba ghannush.  I didn't try the falafel.
The owner said delivery will be available next week.  They are still in the process of organizing themselves.  The restaurant's layout is similar to the Brazilian restaurant on Roosevelt and 76 St.  I think the reference to Colombia is that they also sell arepas.
The owner is an experienced restaurateur. I think they will do well, especially when Target moves in and more foot traffic will pass by.  I will definitely go back.
The hours will be 11-11
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Jeffsayyes on August 05, 2018, 08:26:01 AM
Does anyone else find it odd that the photos they posted on FaceBook and Twitter are just stock photos of mediterranean food?


Not in Jackson Heights, no.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: MrPlaza on August 05, 2018, 08:27:41 AM
Looking forward to trying it out. But yeah, those menu and Facebook/Twitter photos are very misleading if they are essentially a bowl/sandwich/salad spot (Chipotle of [enter cuisine]). Like, at least remove the shakshouka photo, because that’s a stretch. Lol.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: petegart on August 05, 2018, 05:31:46 PM
Many thanks for letting everyone know this is now open!  I read the recent updates and walked over to see.  It looks great and I can’t wait to really try it.  For the past few years I have gone to Woodside (Souk El Shater) to buy hummus and babagonush every week.  I am hoping with this place so close I won’t have to! 
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: the80s on August 06, 2018, 12:09:28 PM
I tried this place on Sunday. I'm very glad to have it in the neighborhood; we don't have this kind of food really available anywhere else, so it's definitely filling a need.

It is set up like a Chipotle of Middle Eastern food, but they also have a full menu (I think they do offer shakshuka for breakfast, though I'm not certain). It's kind of choose-your-own adventure; you can do a plate or a pita, or just sort of pick and choose. I tried the babaghanoush, which was garlicky and delicious, and they heated the pita in the oven for me, which was great (nice fresh and fluffy pita). They threw in two falafel balls for free; I didn't love those, but I tend to only like falafel fresh out of the fryer, and these were premade.

The place is clean and pleasant, and the people working there are really nice. I wish them lots of success and I'm very glad they're here! Definitely worth stopping by.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: bellabella on August 08, 2018, 05:40:46 PM
We stopped in today. The place was very clean. The staff and owner? were very welcoming. While I  was going over the menu  they offered us samples of the falafel. We ordered a side of falafel and a platter with rice, hummus, cucumber salad, cabbage. The falafel is very good. It was hot, fresh, crisp and not greasy!!! The prices were reasonable as well.  I am very happy to have them nearby and wish them much success!
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: toddg on August 08, 2018, 09:49:24 PM
My family tried Zaytoun tonight, and we were all very pleased.  Everything was delicious.  The beef shawarma was nicely seasoned, the baba ganoush was nicely smokey, and the sauces were very flavorful.  The staff (when we visited, it was the owner's brother) was very eager to ensure that everyone was happy.  And the prices are reasonable enough that we'll be able to afford to visit frequently.   A great addition to the neighborhood!  I just hope they're able to broaden the menu a bit over time with a bit more variety.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: petegart on August 09, 2018, 07:39:36 PM
YEAH!! We tried this on Wednesday, the Hummus & Babagonush are both very good. They each came with a nice fluffy pita.  We are so glad this place opened in our neighborhood! 
Please give them a try, they are very nice people, and they are selling foods we usually do not see. 
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: stevn on August 09, 2018, 09:14:57 PM
Got take-out tonight. Very nice people working there. The food is great. The veg platter and meat platter were wonderful. Very filling. They pita bread is really great too.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Liz on August 12, 2018, 06:45:58 AM
Just wanted to add my appreciation.  The food is Halal.  Very fresh, great pita, humus, falafel, and the chicken is terrific, as well as the salads.  The owner is very nice, and the prices are reasonable.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: dssjh on August 12, 2018, 12:39:59 PM
got there right after opening today for some carryout -- baba, carrot salad and turkish salad. the very nice counterman offered me a falafel to taste, and it was good enough that i ordered the seven for three dollar add on. everything looked great, and tastes wonderful. looking forward to trying a breakfast shakshouka, which is on the menu.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Bel84 on August 25, 2018, 03:00:17 PM
Took out the vegetarian platter last night. Absolutely delicious. What the neighborhood has needed for a long time. Cross Roosevelt Avenue and check them out. These guys should make it!
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Shelby2 on August 27, 2018, 08:39:31 PM
I just noticed you can order food/delivery via the Yelp app or site. https://www.yelp.com/menu/zaytoun-jackson-heights-2
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: ljr on September 02, 2018, 01:17:41 PM
We ordered from here Friday night and were very pleased! Fresh and delicious and very affordably price. Delivery was quick, too.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: abcdefghijk on January 13, 2019, 11:45:47 PM
Gone?
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: dssjh on January 14, 2019, 08:40:06 AM
i hope not!

was it closed yesterday?
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: Shelby2 on January 14, 2019, 08:55:19 AM
i hope not!

was it closed yesterday?

It's always closed on Sundays.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: KDGHP on January 14, 2019, 10:13:08 AM
Gone?

I don't know. I passed by it Thursday evening around dinnertime and the gates were down, which struck me as odd. I was hoping that they might be on vacation or something. I did really like the place.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: stevn on January 14, 2019, 10:23:42 AM
It may be closed. I walked by on a Saturday evening. The gate was partly up and it was dark. People were talking inside. This place is/was really good. The owner commented to me once that business was difficult because the food is unique to the area and they do not serve alcohol.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: dssjh on January 14, 2019, 11:40:19 AM
the seamless and grubhub links are dead, and there's no answer on the phone -- they open(ed) at 11 weekdays...sadly, doesn't look good.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: fillmorep on January 14, 2019, 12:22:23 PM
It was always empty when I went in there. Part of the problem was the lack of an ethnic base here to support them. The ones who did probably aren't regular visitors to that block. They had really good food so it's indeed a real shame! Middle Eastern food is so healthy and well-priced.
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: JHMNY on January 29, 2019, 01:29:36 PM
A new pizzeria/cafe has opened at the former Zaytoun location on 82nd Street.

Jackson Heights Post:

Pizzeria, Cafe Opens on 82nd Street at Former Mediterranean Restaurant Space (https://jacksonheightspost.com/pizzeria-cafe-opens-on-82nd-street-at-former-mediterranean-restaurant-space)
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: MrPlaza on January 29, 2019, 04:06:24 PM
Am I the only one that feels like this is an anticlimactic ending for what could have been a exciting new neighborhood addition?
Title: Re: Zaytoun
Post by: ljr on January 29, 2019, 09:37:30 PM
Guess you can't go wrong with pizza, pizza, and more pizza...alas...