Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Gazala Place

34. Gazala Place
709 9th Ave between 48th and 49th

Baklava is a Middle Eastern dessert made with layers of phyllo dough, chopped nuts and honey that is often pretty messy to eat, given the flakiness of the dough and the fact that the honey tends to stick to your hands. The pistachio and walnut baklavas made at Gazala Place didn’t taste like the mass-produced baklava that I’m used to, as they weren’t intensely sweet or sticky with honey. Both are fairly tall with countless layers of phyllo dough, though they didn’t hold together well, were slightly burnt and I found myself eating the pistachios and layers of dough separately. At $5 for the pistachio and $6 for the walnut balkavas, they aren’t cheap and for a dessert pasty I’d probably pass this up for something from Amy’s Bread.

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