Pahal Zan offers great taste & spirit
by Michael Perlman
May 27, 2020 | 5364 views | 0 0 comments | 241 241 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pahal Zan opened its doors nearly 20 years ago and has become a Forest Hills staple, earning the nickname “Mediterranean in a Pita.”

“Our mission is to provide delicious food to our community and be an integral part of it,” says Avi Ohana, managing partner of the restaurant at 106-12 71st Avenue.

Pahal Zan has enticed palates with Israeli and Moroccan cuisine served with love. Three chefs take pride in preparing food with the finest ingredients, and it is estimated that over years 150,000 falafel pitas have been served.

“Pahal Zan” is an ancient Aramaic term for “the one who feeds everybody.”

“We aspire to that divine image by becoming God’s partners and provide food to those in need,” said Avi Ohana. “We have been proud to serve schools in the community by feeding kindergarten kids among other students, but because of COVID-19 that was affected.”

Falafel is the most popular food, but the Moroccan-style ground beef kebabs and lamb kebabs, as well as chicken pita and turkey shawarma, are also crowd pleasers. Popular appetizers include the vegetable cigars, which are Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres with vegetables and tahini sauce, and a rich whole vegetable Moroccan soup.

The restaurant is currently offering every healthcare worker a 15 percent discount. And readers of the Forest Hills Times can get 15 percent off the entire menu with a coupon code through

Due to the pandemic, new safety protocols were put in place.

“We hired a professional disinfecting company for a deep cleaning, and we take the safety of our patrons very seriously by using gloves and masks,” Ohana said. “We are offering a contact-free delivery service within one hour. We will call you when we get to your home and leave the food outside your door.”

Pahal Zan is one of the many family-owned small businesses affected by the pandemic.

“The pandemic hit us hard, and as a local small business we are hoping that our community will continue to support us,” Ohana said. “Small businesses are the backbone of our city. These businesses are more likely to utilize other local businesses such as banks and service providers. In fact, for every $100 spent at a local small business, $68 will stay in the community.”

Pahal Zan’s current hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. it is closed on Saturdays in observance of Shabbat. For catering or other information, visit or call (718) 793-7177.
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