by John D. on
I get that a lot of people LOVE this place, but I'm less impressed. Their hummus was the best I've ever had and the lamb was tasty, but even their best food is slightly more expensive than it's really worth. What really sealed it at only 2 stars, though, was the Israeli cous cous. Israeli cous cous can be a superb dish, so I expected it to be at least as good as I would make for myself. It wasn't. I think they just tossed some cous cous into a pot of boiling water, drained it, and called it a day. The result was something similar to a bland pile of mini pasta balls. Maybe someone who is unfamiliar with the food may have not noticed or cared about the mediocre preparation, but if you've had their cous cous and been unimpressed, try this for yourself: Buy some Israeli cous cous, lightly toast it in a pot or pan with a bit of olive oil, then add some water, your favorite savory spices, a bay leaf or two, and let the water come to a boil. Add more water if needed (i.e., if the cous cous is too firm and most of the water's boiled off). Serve warm. Congratulations--you've just made Israeli cous cous that is vastly superior to Zahav's.
by Rodrick Dobmeier on
Aye, Aye, Aye. HORRIBLE place for not only tourists trying out New York City nightlife, but ANY one in New York PERIOD! This nightclub is lowclass at its VERY best. I can name 5 nightclubs in THE BRONX that are better than this spot. Mind you the Bronx is supposedly where all the "ghetto" spots are which I disagree completely. Smelly, over-priced drinks, and NOT cool people. The smell.. I don't know a combination of smells really. It smells like some serious weed inside and outside of the club. Terrible body odor up in there. Like hot sweaty stuff and people who are allergic to bathing. Oh, and hot armpits too. Most manhattan spots offer only expensive drinks, but coming from a spot that isn't very upscale the drinks shouldn't be as pricey as they are. The people lol, let's not go there. Lets just say Gossip Girl types/socialites would never hang there even if their lives depended on it! The music was nothing to brag about either. The DJ always sucked and played horrible mixes and blended songs terribly. I went to Strata a few times and usually I stood in V.I.P. which sucked very much too and was almost always crowded/dirty. HOW THE HECK can you call that V.I.P. if its filled with nothing, but cheap looking chicks trying to smash the corny old promoters??! Ha. GROSS! I gave Strata 2 stars because despite all the negativity I had some good times at this spot with my friends. Not for the club itself. WE MADE IT FUN! Strata aka Gramercy Room or whatever the heck its known as= NO! =)