This is one of my favorite Middle Eastern restaurants. I might even argue that it’s the best in New York state. The owners here know us by now because we frequent Ya Hala so much. It’s a casual yet intimate environment that’s perfect for dates or even eating by alone. My menu staples are the falafel sandwiches and the hummus plate. A lot of times falafel can taste like it’s right from the box, almost “dog food”-like. But Ya Hala’s falafel tastes like it’s definitely homemade.