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A Sandwich a Day: Shish Tawook 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.

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[Photograph: Max Falkowitz]

Okay, so "shish tawook" is a fancy way of saying chicken kebab. And a white meat chicken kebab sandwich tastes...well, you know pretty much know what it tastes like. There's just not a lot of variance among them.

But sooner or later, you're going to share a meal with someone who only eats white meat chicken. When you do, take them to Wafa's, share some stellar vegetable appetizers, and let them order the shish tawook ($7.95). You may actually fight them for it halfway through.

Like the lamb shawarma, this sandwich is wrapped in a thin, pliant Lebanese pita that lets its stuffing shine. The chicken is moist and well seasoned, earnestly chicken-y and a pleasure to eat. Accompanying vegetables are spare but well-done: crunchy lettuce and slivered pickled turnips that have a mild pungent kick. And the saving grace for white meat chicken everywhere: lush but light yogurt sauce that walks the line between healthy and indulgent. Really, this is everything you could want out of a chicken kebab sandwich. And want it, you will.

Wafa's

100-05 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (map)
718-880-2055
wafasfood.com

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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