Some of us cannot live without our weekly Shawarma fix or resist from getting that oh-so-delicious hummus to dip our carrot sticks in. Either way, falafels, shawarmas and hummus aren’t the only things the people from the Middle East eat! For the love of pita, they have so much more to impart, if you just look through the veil. If you enjoy the big three, chances are, you will love these dishes!
Middle Eastern restaurants have been trending for a while and I guarantee, the food will surprise as well as satisfy you. Just catch a bus to NY and be on your way to one of these!
Here’s a list of some of the most bomb Middle Eastern restaurants in the city:
1. Tanoreen: Functional since 1998, Chef Raiwa Bishara sets the standard for Middle Eastern food in Bay Ridge.
How to reach: 7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209, USA
What to eat: Musakhan. A flatbread topped with sumac spiced shredded chicken, slow-cooked onions and crushed roasted almonds. A true Tanoreen specialty.
2. Taïm: Bringing crazy flavored falafels! Yeah, we thought there’s only one. Plus, they’re gluten-free and vegan!
How to reach: 222 Waverly Place, New York 10014, USA
What to eat: Falafel. Choose from 3 different falafel flavors: Green (parsley, cilantro and mint), Harissa (Tunisian spices) or Olive (Kalamata olives).
3. Ilili: A 300 seater restaurant that qualifies as fine dining without the major price tag!
How to reach: 236 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001, USA
What to eat: Kebab Kerez. You won’t be able to go back to normal meatballs after you’ve had these. Lamb and beef meatballs in a cherry sauce with kataifi and scallions.