Nouri Brothers Market & Syrian Bakery
999 Main Street, Paterson NJ
975 Main Street, Paterson NJ
As I mentioned in my posts about Al-Basha and Al-Safa, the strip of Main Street in South Paterson known as “Little Arabia” or “Little Damascus” is filled with many restaurants and businesses that cater to Syrians, Lebanese, Palestinians and other ethnic groups from the Middle East that call Northern New Jersey home. Two of the best grocery stores on that street are Nouri Brothers and Fattal’s Bakery.
Nouri Brothers Storefront on Main Street in Paterson
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Lots of pre-packaged Baklava and phyllo pastries ready for taking home or to a party.
Various types of Middle Eastern cheeses.
These blocks which look like cheese are actually Halwah, a candy made out of sesame seeds.
More sweet goods.
Eggy sweet breads.
Various vegetables plus pre-made dishes and appetizers. The torpedo shaped things are Kibbe, a bulghur wheat and meat appetizer that is deep fried.
Nouri has an excellent selection of beans and grains and legumes. This is a bright orange varietal of lentil.
Nouri’s bread selection is quite impressive.
Nouri bakes its own varieties of pita, including whole wheat.
There are several others it imports as well.
Nouri also packages its own nuts.
Middle Eastern eggplants, for making babaghanoush or for grilling.
Middle Eastern sausage and dairy products.
Nouri has an impressive variety of olive oils from around the world.
A closeup of some of the pre-packaged baklavas.
Nouri’s pickle bar.
This is a type of flatbread seasoned with Zatar, a middle eastern spice blend made with sumac.
Fattal’s is another Bakery/Market on Main Street that is very popular with the locals.
In addition to pita breads of all kinds, Fattal makes Lahmajun, Syrian “Pizzas” topped with a tomato/red pepper/meat mixture. You heat these up in the toaster oven for a few minutes and top with raw onion and parsley to serve, with some fresh salad for a light lunch.
To work off some of the calories from lunch, the group of us walked down the street to Fattal’s Bakery, to do some shopping. Here is one of the store managers with fresh dates, which he offered to us to taste. They have the texture of a crisp apple but the flavor of a date.
Fresh whole wheat Syrian pita bread.
Freshly baked Lahmajeen on display.
Lahmujeen being baked in the oven.
Spinach and Cheese pies.
Fattal’s also has a fully stocked Halal butcher on site.
Ground Halal lamb and beef for making Kebabs.
Spiced kebab meat and sausages, ready to cook.
Need a special order? No problem.
Fattal’s has just about everything you need to cook a Middle Eastern meal.
As well as Spinach and Cheese pies.
These mini pitas were especially cute.
These sweet bagels looked interesting.
This is a lavash, a type of wrappy flatbread.
Fattal’s sells baklava by the pound in many different flavors.
They also have a very extensive Halal butcher onsite.
Virtually every type of obscure Middle Eastern ingredient can be found here.
Need spices to make kebabs and dips? No problem.
Or better yet, they’ve got some dips already made and packaged to take home. Just add pita bread and you’re all set for movie night.
Check out all ‘dem hookahs.
Fattal’s also has a huge tea section with practically every flavor you can think of.