Category Archives: Lebanese

Zaytinya, Washington D.C.

Zaytinya, Washington D.C.

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Any mezze, Kabab platter, Lamb special

 

 

 Zaytinya is José Andres’s masterpiece in Washington DC.

Set in a striking space, Zaytinya offers modern mezze dishes from the cuisines of Greece, Turkey and Lebanon. The small plate fare here is exceptional. Dishes crafted with zesty vegetables, tender meats and a perfect balance of spices really keep both the palate and the soul gleaming.

The service was outstanding. Our dishes were brought in and whisked away with a gracious efficiency and the quickly disappearing basket of warm pita bread and drinks were constantly replenished throughout our meal. Everyone from our waiter to the maitre d’ kept tabs on how our meal was progressing. The head chef Michael Costa even created a special spicy dip just for us when we asked for a side of hot sauce.

My experience at Zaytinya was near flawless. Other than a slightly chewy octopus dish, there wasn’t a bite or a moment that I didn’t relish at Zaytinya.

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

HOMMUS

 

 

TZATZIKI

 

 

BABA GHANNOUJE

 

 

FATTOUSH

 

 

BANTIJAN BIL LABAN

 

 

SEASONAL WILD MUSHROOMS

 

 

FALAFEL

 

SPANAKOPITA

 

 

KEBAB PLATTER

 

 

PEYNIRLI PIDE

 

 

OCTOPUS SANTORINI

 

 

LAMB KLEFTICO

 

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Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
Zaytinya
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
American New / American Traditional
* Street Address
701 9th St NW , Washington, DC 20001
* Phone
(202) 638-0800
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Wafa’s, Forest Hills, Queens

Wafa’s, Forest Hills, Queens

 

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Food: ☆☆☆ 

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $

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THE KING OF FALAFEL AND SHAWARMA, ASTORIA, NYC

THE KING OF FALAFEL AND SHAWARMA, ASTORIA, NYC

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MY RATINGS FOR THIS MEAL

Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Cost: $

I recommend: Falafel

 

And the winner of this years Vendy Awards is……….

Farez “Freddy” Zeideia’s – the King of Falafel and Shawarma.



I really do agree with the king of falafel part. Freddy fries up an unbeatable, oblong shaped falafel, which is absolutely delicious. Its crisp on the outside and the filling is perfectly spiced.

The best part is that you get to try a free falafel while you wait for your order to be cooked up.

Freddy’s halal cart serves up quite a variety of shawarma, falafel and chicken rice combinations.

I really liked the basmati rice that comes with their rice platters. It is very nicely flavored and the pickled turnips that they add to their salad really adds great bite.

All the people working at the King of Falafel and Shawarma cart are super friendly and even though it is a food cart, it has a nice homey, community feel to it.

So if you are in and around Astoria, do make sure that you go and pay homage to the king!


Here is some of what we ate:



FALAFEL




CHICKEN AND RICE PLATE




SHAWARMA PLATE


 

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Ilili – Brunch, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

Ilili – Brunch, Gramercy/ Flatiron, NYC

 

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Philippe Massoud has a story to tell at Ilili (which means tell me). Ilili is a high end, contemporary Lebanese restaurant, located in the Flatiron district.

Massoud’s culinary tales are woven into the nouveau Lebanese cuisine he’s created that draws on his beginnings in hospitality in Beirut and experiences that followed suit in the United States. Read the rest of this entry

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Naya – Mezze & Grill, Midtown East, NYC

Naya – Mezze & Grill, Midtown East, NYC
NAYA – MEZZE & GRILL
686 3rd Ave
(between 43rd St & 44th St)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 557-0007
http://www.nayarestaurants.com/



At Naya, traditional Lebanese cuisine meets designer chic!

The sleek, modern space consists of a narrow passageway lined with cool glass and white leather cubicles. It opens up to a bright back room which is suitable for group seating.



The food at Naya is outstanding and so well priced. You could just eat their Mezze and be full! Read the rest of this entry

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