Shawarma quick and kosher in Lawrence

Shawarma is the specialty at the new Ahuva's Shawarma is the specialty at the new Ahuva's Grill Express in Lawrence. (Undated) Photo Credit:

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Five Towns residents in need of a fast shawarma fix are in luck. Ahuvas Grill, the two-and-a-half star Yeminite-Israeli restaurant in Hewlett, just spawned a quick-serve takeout spot, Ahuvas Express, in Lawrence. Like the original spot, this one is glatt kosher.

Co-owner Avi Tsadok said the place is furnished with six bar stools. Every day, the kitchen turns out two kinds of shawarma, similar to gyro one made with baby chicken, the other with lamb and turkey. The meat is marinated, layered onto a spit, rotisserie-roasted and sliced.

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The shawarma may be had on pita ($10.95) or a baguette ($12.95), or as a platter ($16.95 baby chicken; $17.95 lamb) with a choice of salad, rice or fries. Also on the short menu:  hummus with falafel ($7.95), spicy schnitzel pita sandwich ($9.95) and grilled chicken on a baguette ($11.95).

Ahuvas Express is at 480 Rockaway Tpke., Lawrence, 516-239-0110, ahuvasgrill.com.

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