The 10 Best Halal Eateries in Astoria, Queens

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2 December 2017
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In a city of diverse diners like the Big Apple, many eateries cater to special diets. One such dietary need is halal, a Muslim law relating to meat preparation and the avoidance of swine. Of course, New York City’s halal food scene isn’t just for one group of eaters, as evidenced by its inclusion of Chinese, Indian, American, and other world cuisines. For when you’re craving something new, here are the 10 best halal eateries in Astoria, Queens.

Fatima’s Halal Kitchen

Restaurant, Halal, Chinese
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One of many Chinese restaurants in Astoria, Fatima’s Halal Kitchen stands out for its affordable prices, delicious food, and, of course, its pork-free menu. You won’t miss the swine, however, as sesame chicken, beef and broccoli, shrimp chow mien, and more Chinese standbys round out the menu at this local favorite.

Namaste

Restaurant, Indian, Halal, $$$
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Bring your halal date to Namaste, an Indian eatery where the décor is elegant, complete with dimmed lights, and the food is always delicious. Familiar dishes such as the popular chicken biryani and garlic naan are dependably delightful, while plates of tandoori wings and chili paneer whet your appetite for adventure—and amor.

Shawarmania

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Halal, Contemporary
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After years of white sauce-slurping, New York City’s shawarma obsession is still going strong. Nowhere is this more apparent than at Shawarmania, an Astoria eatery known as much for its long lines as for its tasty shawarma platters, featuring your choice of chicken, beef, or lamb over yellow rice, pita, and, of course, plenty of white sauce. Tip: Skip the crowds, and take advantage of the eatery’s standout delivery service, satisfying locals nearly as much as the food itself.

Tut’s Hub Royal Cuisine

Restaurant, Halal, Street Food, $$$
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Eat like an Egyptian at Tut’s Hub Royal Cuisine. Here, you’ll feed all of your senses thanks to the restaurant’s over-the-top décor and authentic Egyptian eats, such as feteer, or Egyptian layered pastries, carb-heavy kushari, and cinnamon-spiced beef and lamb koftas.

Halal Sandwich Shop

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Halal
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At Halal Sandwich Shop, Middle Eastern mainstays are reimagined for the all-American eater. Here, hot hero sandwiches come filled with delicately spiced beef tagine and chicken kebab; a halal cheeseburger makes an appearance, and not-so-classic sandwich and soup combos feature robust Moroccan tomato and beef soup and lentils in a light onion broth.

Little Morocco

Restaurant, Moroccan, Halal
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The service at Little Morocco is a treat in itself, bested only by the spot’s low prices and high-quality food. Legs of lamb fall off the bone here, and moist chicken kebabs are seasoned to perfection. And the vegetable sides? They threaten to steal the show. End your meal with a steaming cup of sweet Moroccan mint tea and even sweeter customer service, and you’ll have had a perfect dining experience, a rare find in New York City.

Boishakhi

Restaurant, Bangladeshi, Halal
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Serving no frills, just flavor, Boishakhi brings a bite of Bangladesh to Astoria, Queens. Let a friendly staff guide you through the ordering process; you’ll have the chance to choose among recipes such as aromatic meat biryanis, Bengali-style fish, fan-favorite chicken samosas, and more.

Duzan

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Halal
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Consider yourself warned: the shawarma sandwiches at Duzan may ruin you for street cart “cuisine” forever. Here, fluffy pitas come filled with chicken, beef, lamb or falafel, Duzan’s fan-favorite hummus, and the sauces of your choosing (tip: go with all of them), making for a super-sized sandwich that never tops $7 and always tops expectations.

King of Falafel & Shawarma

Restaurant, Middle Eastern
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It isn’t an ordinary occurrence for a shawarma spot to earn shoutouts from The New York Times and New York City’s prestigious Vendy Awards. Then again, King of Falafel & Shawarma isn’t your ordinary Middle Eastern eatery. From humble beginnings as a roving food truck to a dining destination boasting two brick-and-mortar locations, the King has captivated locals with its unlimited white sauce, generous portions, and signature made-from-scratch halal meats over rice.

Pizza Ghetti

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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This list wouldn’t be complete without a pizza mention. At Pizza Ghetti, notoriously pork-centric Italian cuisine is made accessible to all thanks to the eatery’s exclusive use of halal meats. Pizza, pasta, and hero sandwiches feature turkey pepperoni slices, all-beef meatballs, buffalo chicken, and more safe-to-eat ingredients so that you can gorge con gusto.

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