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A Hit Palestinian Restaurant Reveals Plans for a Second Brooklyn Location

Plus, New York Times critic Pete Wells (sort of) returns to negative reviews — and more intel

A mural being painted at the second location of Ayat.

Ayat to open a second location in Brooklyn

Less than a year after opening its doors, Bay Ridge Palestinian restaurant Ayat is gearing up for an expansion. “NEW 2nd LOCATION ALERT,” owners Abdul Elenani and Ayat Masoud announced with air horn and siren emojis over the weekend. The new restaurant will be located in Brooklyn and will have a rooftop that can be used year-round, the owners confirmed in a comment on the Instagram announcement.

An exact address and opening date for the restaurant’s second location aren’t known at this time. Eater has reached out to Masoud for more information.

The popular Palestinian restaurant opened in Bay Ridge last October and became a quick hit in the borough for its griddled flatbreads and spinning towers of meat. The restaurant caught the attention of New York Times critic Pete Wells shortly after opening, who found that its best dishes weren’t its shawarma or kebabs, but its Palestinian staples, including “improbably delicate” lamb kefta and squash stuffed with rice and onions. Ayat has had a longtime home on Eater’s guide to the best new restaurants in Brooklyn.

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