Habibi, the Lebanese eatery, closes
Habibi, the Lebanese eatery located on the corner of 43rd Street and 43rd Ave., has closed.
The store, which was open for 12 months, was run by Mehdi Osman and served items such as chicken and beef shawarma, falafel rolls and hummus that were cooked by Osman’s wife, an experienced chef. It also sold Lebanese staples—from breads to nuts.
The eatery was located at the same spot as where El Shater operated until it closed a little over a year ago. Osman was a member of the family that ran El Shater until all the brothers went their separate ways.
Osman’s older brother, Ahmad, opened “Souk El Shater” at 43-03 Queens Blvd. last August. That Lebanese eatery is still in operation.