Yemenite Israeli Cuisine On The Upper East Side

I was meeting a Yemenite Israeli girlfriend of mine for lunch one day and asked if we could go to Rectangles on the Upper East Side. Why, you ask? Because Rectangles touts itself as an Authentic Yemenite Israeli cuisine and bar and I wanted to see if it was any good and figured she would be able to tell me. Also, I was really craving a falafel and they had it on their menu.

Letting her do the ordering, we got two dishes that filled our tummies to the brim. Her tummy much flatter and svelte than mine, but still two tummies.

Malawach – crispy Yemenite pancake served with a hard-boiled egg, fresh crushed tomatoes & hot sauce: Although she did say that her mom makes it better, it was still quite delicious in my eyes. Very similar to a scallion pancake in the Asian culture, this was a thick pancake folded over and over with layers of butter/oil/magarine, minus the scallions. So rich tasting and the size of a full dinner plate, if you gave me enough time, I could eat the entire thing without getting tired of it.

Combination Platter – hummus, babaganoush, turkish salad, tabouleh & falafel: So I was really craving falafel and this was definitely a better than decent and very good falafel. Crispy on the outside, mealy on the inside. Nothing on this platter was fancy. Everything was very straightforward. Hummus was hummus, as was the tabouleh, babaganoush and Turkish salad, but was made from good ingredients, which in turn made everything taste fresh and alive. Plus, the platter for some reason made me feel like I was eating something really healthy too, which was a bonus, even if I really wasn’t.

I would definitely return to Rectangles,  for $20, we were full, got to taste so many different things and left happy on our way to go rowing in the park. High five.

6.5 out of 10


1431 1st Ave

Btwn 74th & 75th St

-Joyce Huang
Rectangles Cafe & Bar on Urbanspoon


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