A Sandwich a Day: Lamb Shawarma at Wafa's in Forest Hills
In this great city of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around New York. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.
Come to Wafa's for the eggplant, but stick around for the lamb shawarma ($7.95). This stuffed-to-bursting version is a little different from other renditions you'll find in this city, and it's all the better for it.
The lamb itself is sweet and tender. Not the best out there, and not the lambiest, but it's portioned generously and cut thick enough to yield some satisfying chew. So what's special here? The tangy sauce, redolent with...what's that...curry powder? Yup, this is a shawarma that tastes like a romp through the nearest Patel Brothers, and it's way better and more exciting than you'd expect. Sweet, Americanized curry spices and lemony tahini are great, if ever so slightly overpowering, on lamb. That sauce is downright addictive, and I'm already thinking about my next visit for more.
Do also note the bread, much thinner than pita and more pliant than a wrap. While it relies on the foil to keep the sandwich fully together, it admirably gets out of the way taste-wise, allowing that lovely sauced lamb to come through all the more clearly. Is this the best shawarma you'll ever have? No, but it's certainly intriguing, and an absolute pleasure.