Oasis, the venerable falafel and shawarma café that, let’s face it, is everyone’s favorite bathroom to use when the Bedford L is down, is opening a new branch on the north side of Greenpoint. According to the owner, the menu will more or less match that of its Williamsburg counterpart, with a few additions. Like another Greenpoint newcomer, Oasis is opening in a former pizza place with the brick oven still intact, so expect “pitza” staples like lambajin as well.
Either blinding hunger or moderately blinding drunkenness have clouded memories of the food quality at the Williamsburg Oasis, but this is good news for a neighborhood mostly devoid of Middle Eastern food (with the notable exception of Kestane Kebab on Nassau Avenue). Along with the KFC/Taco Bell and the underrated slice-joint Casanova, there seems to be a growing, varied fast-food district lining the horrible-for-pedestrians strip of McGuinness Boulevard near the Pulaski Bridge. Oasis of Greenpoint is expected to open in early-November.
Oasis of Greenpoint, 230 Calyer St., at McGuinness Blvd., Greenpoint