September 3, 2012
1076 Main Street
Paterson, NJ 07503
  • Opened: 2002
  • Cost: $$
  • Credit Cards: All Major
  • Alcohol: None
  • Parking: Street
  • Take Out: Yes

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September 3, 2012


A mainstay of Paterson’s Middle Eastern Restaurant row on Main Street, Al Basha is a comfortable, slightly upscale option for Lebanese fare. 

The hummus is wonderful.

We visited for a midweek lunch. The hummus alone, spectacularly creamy and rich, is worth a visit. While the pita alongside is served in a bag (not homemade), in this neighborhood even store-bought pita are a step above. Al Basha is the perfect place to try a variety of meze, or small plates. We enjoyed the “stuffed” falafel, nice and spicy; and the kibe, ground meat fritters, here mixed with walnuts. The beef shawarma sandwich is also very good, with nicely flavored meat wrapped in a thin pita.

Stuffed Falafel

Al Basha’s full menu includes meat platters, salads and seafood. The large dining room is kept fairly dark, with a television tuned to an Arabic station. Service is efficient, but the restaurant was more or less empty when we visited.

Hot mint tea is a nice way to end any meal at Al Basha.


Off the Broiler

Mint Tea

One Response to “Al-Basha”

  1. Michael Mark says:

    I’ve been going to Al Basha for takeout several times recently and it looks like Al Basha has stepped up their game on the pita bread. Instead of the generic-brand pita bread that’s available in your local chain supermarket, they have been serving a thicker-version of pita bread that appears to be locally made and is very addictive.