Yemen Cuisine (Matam Al-Wahda مطعم الوحدة) really looks like a hole-in-the-wall more than the other Yemeni restaurants in New York. I had to convince my not-so-adventurous friends to enter. The restaurant was pretty empty when we entered but by the end of our meal it was lively and full of people.
We got maraq soup and salad at the beginning as usual. The maraq soup was the usual. The salad had a new dressing I haven't seen before and it was light and good.
For the main dishes, we got chicken ogda and lamb zerbian (called lamb kebsa here). The chicken ogda was quite different from every other ogda I've ever had. It wasn't shavings of chicken meat, instead it was more like cubes of chicken. The sauce was thick with some spices I couldn't recognize and not so tomato based. It was good but different. The lamb kebsa came with a lot of meat and not so much rice! It was good but the rice wasn't as fluffy as I like it.
The fresh bread was great and soft as I like it. The sahawiq was particularly spicy here.
At the end we had some tea which was the same as all the other New York restaurants. They do not make any Yemeni dessert here. The staff were kind but a bit indifferent. $36 for 3 people.
After sampling all the Yemeni restaurants in the Atlantic Avenue area of Brooklyn, I like Hadramout Restaurant the best in the Atlantic Avenue area.
145 Court St
(between Atlantic Ave & Pacific St)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Neighborhood: Cobble Hill
+1 (718) 624-9325