Craving Middle Eastern food?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable Middle Eastern restaurants around Jersey City, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.
1. Gypsy Grill
Topping the list is Gypsy Grill. Located at 187 Newark Ave., Gypsy Grill is the highest-rated inexpensive Middle Eastern restaurant in Jersey City, boasting four stars out of 458 reviews on Yelp. In addition to classics like shawarma, kebabs and falafel, Gypsy Grill offers weekend specials featuring Egyptian dishes. Check out the hawawshi (pita stuffed with minced meat) and the koshary — an Egyptian favorite made with rice, pasta and lentils topped with tomato sauce, chickpeas and crispy fried onions.
2. Westside Shawarma
Next up is West Side food truck Westside Shawarma, which can be found at the corner of West Side and Communipaw avenues. Westside Shawarma serves up hearty shawarma platters and sandwiches. With 4.5 stars out of 22 reviews on Yelp, it's proven to be a local favorite for those looking for a cheap option.
3. The Halal Cart
Then there's The Halal Cart, another food truck, located at 3033 John F Kennedy Blvd. in Journal Square. Yelpers give the low-priced halal spot — which offers lamb, chicken and falafel in sandwich form or over your choice of rice or salad — four stars out of 30 reviews.