Seeing someone shaving roasting spits of meat with an electric saw into pitas and platters is pretty common in this part of Astoria (Little Egypt). But the quality of the shawarma and kebabs at Duzan set it apart from the other counter-service Middle Eastern spots in the area. We recommend the chicken shawarma and some creamy hummus, and make sure to try all of the different sauces, like the very spicy harissa.
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