Queens >Food & Dining > Mombar
2522 Steinway St, Astoria, NY | Directions 1110340.767429 -73.912243
Mon. CLOSED;Tue. - Sun. 5am - 11pm
Didn't wow me – Okay. I've now tried Mombar after a couple of visits to brother Ali's Kebab Cafe. I must say that Mombar wins with respect to room to move around, and I do think Moustafa beats Ali hands down at customer service. Ali can be downright rude at times, and I think Ali plays fast and loose with his billing. HOWEVER, I prefer Ali's food, which is like a party in your mouth. We shared among our group and I just found everything to be lacking a little in seasoning and flavor ... something that Middle Eastern food typically has.
Overpriced – I had dinner there with some friends yesterday night, and I ordered the stuffed chicken that took almost 1 hour to be prepared! The owner was quite nice though. As we didn't ordered any appetizer, after 30 minutes he brought us some as house complements.
The food was not impressive and overpriced. And, unfortunately, they don't have any Egyptian beer nor any Egyptian drink.
It was my first time in an Egyptian restaurant and I was quite disappointed with the Egyptian food. We tried to go to Kabab (also Egyptian) next to Mombar, but the restaurant was full, since there are only 10 tables...
Great place! – Nine of us got together at Mombar over the past weekend and had such a great experience. I can confirm that it is a BYOB place and cash only, so be prepared. Also be prepared to wait some time for your food to arrive because each dish is prepared fresh from the "open-air" kitchen by one chef, who was later joined by another as the place got really busy. The food was worth every minute of the wait. The lamb chops were awesome as were the various tagines that several people had. I had a beef shank special that was very delicious. The waiter had no problem opening up the bottles of wine for us and charged no "corkage" fee that many BYOB places charge. We were even each given several bottles of spring water without charge.
It is definitely a place that will remain on our lists of places to eat. We were most pleasantly surprised by the bill: for two appetizers, nine entrees and tip, we each only had to chip in $30 dollars!!
Completely unexciting – I just got back from a 2+ hour meal at Mombar, and I'm ready for another dinner. The service was impossibly slow (got there at 7:30, ordered at 7:45, got our entrees after 9:00), the men working there had perma-scowls, they claimed to have no tap water, then charged us for the six bottles of water they put on our table. The food is overpriced and bland. I had vegetarian couscous (at $14, was the second least expensive entree on the menu), and it looked like it was largely made from frozen mixed veggies.
Boring, and a waste of my time and money.
Out-of-the-way Steinway Gem – This place is incredible. The food is absolutely wonderful and the owner cooks all of the food himself. The two guys that work there are just plain old nice guys. It's not cheap and it does take a long time if the place has a good number of people in it, but the food is well worth the wait. We go here any time we are looking for something out of the ordinary.
Must visit! – This place is amazing. I went for my birthday dinner, after doing quite a bit of online research looking for some middle eastern food. This place did not disappoint.
The service was exceptional, and the food was as well.
We ordered a mixed appetizer and I ordered the lamb entree. My boyfriend ordered the rabbit, which he wasn't as excited about. My food was perfect.
I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I would go again and again and recommend it to anyone.
Definitley a hidden gem in NYC!
Great Gem! – I live in the neighborhood and have been here several times. I don't recommend the tasting menu or going when it's very crowded on weekend nights. The chef is marvelous and the food is outstanding. Try going during the week and you won't be disappointed.
A Big Disappointment – After reading the reviews, I was excited to visit. Big mistake! From the moment I got there, they had no ice for the almost warm bottled spring water they served me. I ordered the $30 price per person fix menu and I got very little in return. This includes 1 appetizer, and 3 main courses. Sounds like alot, huh? Wrong! The portions were so tiny, even a child would be hungry still, the ambience, well, there was none, very grimey, dark, hot (no a/c), steamy & smokey from the kitchen. The food was very plain (I was looking for the salt but didn't want to insult the cook). The service was lacking as it took 30-45mins. per dish to be served. The only decent thing about this place was the bread with good dipping sauce. Other than that, save your money & time on another place. Will never go again.
Amazing! – One of the best restaurants I have ever eaten at- and my friends and I jokingly refer to ourselves as "Team Food" so guess how much I eat out...
Every thing was perfect- the food, the service, the spot itself. We started with mixed apetizers- I really think that's the best way to go. We all ordered different things for entres and desserts so that we could all taste each others. And everything was amazing. I especially liked the desserts- the baklava isn't as sweet as the Greek stuff I'm used to in the neighborhood... and this sweet porridge like dessert was simply heaven.
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