Think falafels, donner kebabs and couscous, the humble yet endearing flavors that dance on the tip of your tongue, urging you to take another bite! If you feel anything close to hungry, you shouldn’t punish yourself, just catch the next bus to NYC and go to one of these amazing restaurants. Persian, Arab and Lebanese cuisines are here and hot to cater to your every craving from appetizers to desserts!
Here’s a list of some of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in New York City:
1. Balaboosta: Ingredients from India, Europe, South America and the Middle East shine brightly in the kitchen, run by chef-owner Einat Admony.
How to reach: 214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012, USA
What to eat: Israeli Street Fair. Chicken and merguez (a red spicy sausage made of either mutton or beef) in a pita pocket dressed in yogurt and pickles with a side of sweet potato fries.
2. Au Za’atar: Named after a unique blend of Middle Eastern spices, the cafe offers Arabian and French fusion delicacies.
How to reach: 188 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, USA
What to eat: Kafta W Jebne Bi Ajine. Lebanese spiced minced meat, onions, parsley, cheese and more spice, baked on flatbread. Talk about food comas, this one will put you in one!
3. Ravagh Persian Grill. Healthy, yet delicious Persian food options.
How to reach: 1135 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065, USA
What to eat: Albaloo Polo With Jujeh. Thick pieces of chicken marinated in lemon juice, grilled and served with cherry spiked basmati rice.