Yemen Cafe

Yemen Cafe

Yemeni Restaurant$$$$
Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
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    The experts at Village Voice and Serious Eats recommend this place
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    Sarah T.
    "Complimentary lamb soup is amazing!"(6 Tips)
    Bana A.
    "Beef kabsa is the best <3<3"(3 Tips)
    Yousif D.
    "Order Haneez with Kabsa rice 🍛🍛"(3 Tips)
    Amal A.
    "Hanez is really good and the hummus with the arabic bread is amazing"(8 Tips)
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  • Samantha T.
    Samantha TanApril 17, 2014
    Huge portions of delicious melt-in-the-mouth lamb haneeth and salta, complimentary lamb soup, unlimited sweet hot chai (self-service), soft and fresh warm flatbread...YUM!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Helena W.heart icon on user image
    Helena WongDecember 16, 2014
    5 stars for Authenticity! Try the Lamb Haneeth, Chicken Curry & Hummus. Complimentary naan, salad and soup. I will be back!! p.s. No alcohol served.
  • Nader N.
    Nader NouraeeAugust 21, 2014
    The lamb haneeth is ridiculously good, no exaggeration. Meat so soft and juicy, it feels like butter in your mouth. The waiters will keep the freshly baked bread coming, and free chai refills!
    Upvoted May 31
  • David B.
    David BlackmanFebruary 3, 2016
    This place is so ridiculously delicious and warming. Meals start with warm lamb broth and cardamon tea. Hummus + pita and the Lamb Haneeth are amazing. *no* alcohol.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistApril 11, 2017
    Can "Shak-Shookah" be shakshuka without runny eggs? If it's Yemeni, absolutely, like at this duo of restaurants scrambling their eggs into a super flavorful plum tomato-based sauce. Read more
  • John F.heart icon on user image
    John FonteinNovember 3, 2017
    One of the most authentic Yemenese places I've been to. Order the lamb haneeth and don't forget the free sweet tea!
  • Keith W.heart icon on user image
    Keith WoodJune 27, 2015
    Great authentic place. Have only been during lunch, but the "Lunch" portions are generous and fulfilling. There wasn't a seat avail on a Friday afternoon, but its just as good at home. Lamb Haneeth!
  • Kassheart icon on user image
    KassMarch 10, 2017
    Complimentary tea and soup that are out of this world. Every entree I've had has crushed it, but special shout out goes to the lamb
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMay 31, 2012
    Our food critic Robert Sietsema says the Haneez is so tender and flavorful that “a toothless guy could enjoy it.” It’s ranked number 2 on his top lamb dishes in NYC.
  • Loukas P.heart icon on user image
    Loukas PetridisJanuary 28, 2018
    The food is excellent. We had the lamb loubia and lamb haneeth, both were exquisite. The portions are very generous, enough for two meals on
  • Selenheart icon on user image
    SelenOctober 29, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The softest and juiciest lamb you can ever have in nyc, you can forget about using a knife, especially lamb haneeth is a must try.
  • diana j.heart icon on user image
    diana jinAugust 5, 2016
    First time trying Yemenite food and it was so good! Generous portions of the main dishes are served with complimentary soup and salad.
  • Amandaheart icon on user image
    AmandaDecember 25, 2015
    The lamb soup to start is incredible and the lamb haneeth is the best! For dessert try the Fatah with honey and cream. So good!!
  • Sabrina M.heart icon on user image
    Sabrina MajeedMarch 1, 2015
    Get the lamb salta, the lamb literally falls right off the bone. Also the fattah with honey is the perfect balance of savory and sweet.
  • Pia F.heart icon on user image
    Pia FouillouxDecember 17, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    one of my favorite restaurants in Brooklyn Heights. I've tried almost every dishes in the menu and I love all of them.
  • Pratheeksha K.heart icon on user image
    Pratheeksha KSFebruary 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Complementary, delicious, flavorful tea(and lamb soup for the carnivores). Really nice staff. Great baba and hummus.
  • Brea S.heart icon on user image
    Brea SimpsonOctober 30, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Free soup when you sit down is delicious. Chicken and hummus and Lamb Haneeth are enough to three. So good.
  • Vahidheart icon on user image
    VahidJune 20, 2016
    Authentic food. Try lamb haneeth and don't forget the complimentary sweet tea.
  • Jeremy F.heart icon on user image
    Jeremy FisherAugust 22, 2018
    Baba ghanoush, Foul, Fatah with Honey (must order), Fahsah
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsOctober 2, 2013
    Barebones-casual Middle Eastern serving food that's soulful, delicious, and a great bargain.
  • Stuart A.
    Stuart AdlerFebruary 13, 2014
    Yummy is an understatement! Run, don't walk here and enjoy an authentic Middle Eastern meal- flatbread, soup, and all!
  • 7th.List
    7th.ListDecember 30, 2011
    Taste - Roasted lamb; Yemeni House Aseed; Yemeni house salta; foul madamas...each meal begins with a complimentary bowl of rich, salty lamb broth Read more
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonOctober 20, 2013
    Try the Salta - Lamb and okra stew served in a cast iron bowl that sizzled and steamed for nearly 10 minutes! Wow!
  • Sarah T.heart icon on user image
    Sarah T.September 20, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Complimentary lamb soup is amazing! Be sure to try to baba ganoush. Any entree is sure to be awesome.
  • Jason L.heart icon on user image
    Jason LeibowitzMarch 12, 2018
    Been here 10+ times
    Super authentic and delicious. Get the Salta.
  • Sameer C.heart icon on user image
    Sameer ChohanMay 8, 2017
    The fahsa here is amazing. It comes in a stone bowl
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonOctober 20, 2013
    Try the Yemeni Pita Bread - Thick, chewy and perfect for hummus & stew! ...and recommended by CIA agent regulars.
  • Campbell B.heart icon on user image
    Campbell BirdOctober 13, 2015
    Where else can you get Yemeni food? Get the lamb fattah. You won't regret it.
  • Julius T.heart icon on user image
    Julius TarngMarch 1, 2015
    So damn good. Can share a lamb salta for two. Hit up the free tea in the back.
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonOctober 20, 2013
    Try the Lamb Soup - So delicious and loaded with lamb that I forgot to try to pick out the CIA agents in the restaurant.
  • 𝓗.🧘🏻‍♀️
    𝓗.🧘🏻‍♀️October 18, 2014
    Yummy yummy the best Arabic restaurant in New York ,, I love it 🍚🍗🍢🍲🍖
  • Citizen X.
    Citizen XSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best lamb dish in New York, slow roasted that the meat just falls off the bone. Enough said.
  • Shane A.
    Shane AntonyJune 26, 2014
    Not sure abt the hype. Haneeth was dry and not huge (there was a ton of rice). People rant abt the free soup/salad but the entree costs $20 for a reason. Go if ur in the hood but don't make a trip.
  • Zina A.
    Zina AlamJune 21, 2016
    Order the lamb haneeth - so good! One of my favorite restaurants in BK.
  • Ahmed A.heart icon on user image
    Ahmed A.May 18, 2021
    The restaurant is the best Mediterranean restaurant in New York City 👌
  • Jim A.
    Jim AndersonOctober 20, 2013
    Try the Haneeth Lamb - So Good! And recommended by 4 our 5 CIA agents. (The 5th one isn't talking.)
  • Andrew F.heart icon on user image
    Andrew FurmanJuly 29, 2018
    Great lamb
  • Nauman N.heart icon on user image
    Nauman NoorSeptember 18, 2018
    Waits are worth it though chicken kebab was a bit over cooked. Go for the lamb dishes as those never disappoint.
  • Niketa G.heart icon on user image
    Niketa GandhiOctober 27, 2018
    Cozy place for amazing authentic food! Amazing customer service!
  • Safari647heart icon on user image
    Safari647February 17, 2016
    If you come with a group the plates are a great size for sharing
  • Amal A.heart icon on user image
    Amal Al RebhOctober 9, 2014
    Hanez is really good and the hummus with the arabic bread is amazing
  • Amal A.heart icon on user image
    Amal Al RebhOctober 9, 2014
    They gave us a complementary soup, flat bread, salad and amazing cup of tea
  • Sree B.
    Sree BhandaramSeptember 3, 2013
    Delicious food, definitely try their Salta, free (unlimited) tea
  • Angie J.heart icon on user image
    Angie JenieMay 28, 2017
    Lamb haneeth is so good!
  • Fedor S.heart icon on user image
    Fedor SokolovApril 19, 2019
    Everything is beyond yummy
  • Chris F.
    Chris FMarch 8, 2017
    Use the styrofoam cups for the self-serve hot tea unless you like burning your fingies. The metal cups are better for water.
  • Ariel D.
    Ariel DavisMay 28, 2012
    Delicious babaganoug and hummus! Puffy bread they serve with it is dangerously good.
  • Luana P.heart icon on user image
    Luana PomponetDecember 2, 2018
    Simple place with delicious food and huge portions!
  • Spotted by Locals - city guides by locals
    Unbelievably authentic! Like being in Qatar! Read more
  • Gheart icon on user image
    GDecember 30, 2018
    The lamb is so soft but would love more flavor
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