mezze

Nisi Estiatorio

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Overview:

This relaxed, intimate spot is a Greek gem in the West Village. The façade is done in fresh white and blue colors, leading to a raftered bar and front dining room complete with an enchanting outdoor patio with Edison bulbs.  The menu is filled with seafood, vegetables, olive oil, yogurt and much else that falls under the Mediterranean diet. You are brought an assorment of mezzes with toasty country bread like creamy taramosalata, spanakopita,  tzatziki and saganaki. To try a sampling, get the mixed grill for two option with lamb chops, sliders, kebabs and chicken grilled served with fries, tzattziki and toasted pita. 

Information:

Address: 302 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:  (212) 727-7463

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$$


 

Celestine

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Overview:

Celestine is an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant located on the Dumbo waterfront. The space is situated just under the Manhattan Bridge and MY GOD what a view! You can see the entire Manhattan skyline and straight passed the Brooklyn Bridge. Patrons will come just for the view but luckily the food is worth staying for. The space is modern and sleek with floor to ceiling windows that flood the dining room with light. . The kitchen, led by Executive Chef Garett McMahan, serves seasonal, soulful fare that draws inspiration from Northern Africa, the Mediterranean coastline, and the Middle East. Graze on mezzes like taramasalata, baba ghannouj and fingerling skordalia. For an entrees check out the "for two" section featuring whole grilled fish with artichoke & couscous or the duo of lamb with kibbeh & saddle.

Information:

Address: 1 John St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone:  (718) 522-5356

Neighborhood: Dumbo

Price: $$$


 

Au Za'atar

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Overview:

You'll find Au Za'atar in a cozy corner spot of the East Village. Divided into three dining areas plus a handful of outdoor tables that run along Avenue A they offer plenty of seating. The décor is rustic with bare brick and wood-paneled walls. Named after Lebanon's signature spice mixture, the restaurant attempts to encompass the full range of typical food found in the region, calling itself an "Arabian French bistro." The food is fantastic and there is a seemingly endless list of hot & cold mezzes, dips, and grilled meats & fish to order. A range of spices and fresh vegetables go into satisfying plates perfect to share like familiar dishes of falafel and hummus or more adventurous offerings like fattet al-betenjane and mujadara. Mixed grill platters of grilled meats and sauces is fun & tasty to share. Comfortable neighborhood spot that is good for groups, vegetarians and meat lovers alike. 

Information:

Address: 188 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 254-5660

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$$


 

Shuka

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Overview

Shuka is a brand new Soho restaurant from the same team and chef that ran the former space, Hundred Acres. Structurally the interior has remained the same with 3 distinctive dining areas but it has been given a whole new feel. The space has been washed with white and vibrant turquoise paint then decked out in beautiful decorative tiles and Moroccan prints. The menu is Mediterranean with a long list of dips, small plates and kebabs of grilled meats & seafood. Mezzes include fried haloumi, lamb tartare, bourekas & za-atar fries. Every single dish is seasoned aggressively and completely worth while. The vibe is fun and hip making it an amazing spot to come with a group and share tons of dishes. I can't wait to return time & time again. 

Information:

Address38 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

Phone:  (212) 475-7500

Neighborhood: Soho

Price: $$-$$$


 

Ilili


Overview

Ilili has been renowned as one of the better, if not best Lebanese restaurants in the city for years. The food is casual but you can have said food in a very chic setting. The interior is breathtakingly grand with dramatic high ceilings and warm lighting. The room is designed to look like as though you are sitting amongst the windows in the streets of Beirut. Because of it's large size, the space is ideal for big groups & celebrations. You will find classic Mediterranean mezze throughout the menu perfectly designed to split, allowing you to order many dishes. For smaller dishes graze on hommus, labne, chankleesh (feta) & grape leafs. The main dishes offer a huge variety of grilled proteins like lamb & beef. Such variety of vegetarian, fish, and meat options will allow you to return many times and never have the same meal twice. 

Information

Address:  236 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

Phone :  (212) 683-2929

Neighborhood: Flatiron

Website: http://www.ililinyc.com/

Price: $$-$$$