"Getting the community together" was one inspiration of this annual event, held by Balady each year since 2006. As of 2013 the public iftar is constrained to the sidewalk near the halal market's storefront; likewise, the dates that traditionally break the daily fast were crowded on a single plate with roast lamb, roast chicken, kufta (beef kufta, I believe), rice, salad, and olives. A mild-cheese-filled pastry and potent Arabic coffee came after.
Annual iftar feast outside Balady Foods
7128 Fifth Ave. (71st-72nd Sts.), Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
(The 2013 iftar feast was held on July 31)