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Tasty Lebanese Bites at Karam in Bay Ridge

New York Lauren Rothman 2 comments

Karam is one of the many small, independent shops and restaurants that make Bay Ridge so fun to visit: homey and familiar—even on a first visit—its excellent food is just one more reason to kick back and stay awhile. More

The Food Lab: For the Best Baba Ganoush, Go For a Spin

The Food Lab J. Kenji López-Alt 30 comments

I used to hate all things eggplant. Until I had my first taste of really great baba ganoush. It was made by a good friend of mine, an Israeli line cook who'd take time out of her afternoon to hover over the eggplants slowly charring over the open flames of the kitchen's burners, waiting until they were meltingly tender, before recruiting me to carefully peel them before she'd mix them up with lemon juice, tahini, garlic, and olive oil. The resulting dip was simultaneously smoky, savory, bright, and creamy...and I was addicted. More

The Best Baba Ganoush

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 9 comments

Rich, smoky, and creamy, our recipe for baba ganoush uses the salad spinner to concentrate flavor and a slow emulsion method for the ultimate in dippable texture. More

Slow Cooker Lebanese Red Lentil Soup

Jennifer Olvera Post a comment

Traditional red lentil soup is prepared in the slow cooker before it's garnished with cilantro, red onion, and lemon juice. More

Slow Cooker Lebanese Red Lentil Soup

Serious Eats Jennifer Olvera 8 comments

Traditional red lentil soup is prepared in the slow cooker before it's garnished with cilantro, red onion, and lemon juice. More

A Tasting Tour of Sunnyside's Top-Notch Turkish and Lebanese Food

New York Max Falkowitz 5 comments

A quick glance at the pubs that line Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside may have you thinking that the neighborhood is solely Irish territory. But there's some great Middle Eastern food if you know where to look. More

Al Safa's Counter Serves Up Solid Lebanese

New York Paul Yee 16 comments

Sitting at the window in one of the booths at Al Safa offers a framed view of the ever-evolving population of Bay Ridge. Once an enclave for Irish and Italian immigrant families, it's now home to Brooklyn's largest middle eastern community. Looking into the restaurant, you'll find Zein Safa, the amiable chef/owner of Al Safa preparing an abundance of middle eastern dishes, heavily influenced by his Lebanese roots. More

A Sandwich a Day: Mekanek at Toum Lebanese Truck

New York Max Falkowitz 6 comments

Toum, a Lebanese food truck that's been making the rounds on 46th Street in Midtown, Prospect Park, Dumbo, and Tribeca, makes wraps good enough to right every sad wrap that's ever wronged you. More

The Vegetarian Option: Dependable Middle Eastern at Waterfalls Café in Cobble Hill

New York Lauren Rothman 1 comment

My favorite kind of restaurant is the neighborhood restaurant: a place right down the street that's short on frills but long on coziness, serves down-home but excellent food at fair prices, and where the quality never seems to suffer no matter how many decades old the restaurant is. Waterfalls Café is that kind of restaurant. More

A Sandwich a Day: Falafel at Homemade Falafel

New York Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Does the namesake falafel hold up to the shawarma at Homemade Falafel? I think so. More

A Sandwich a Day: Veal Tongue at El Rawsheh

New York Max Falkowitz Post a comment

Take a bite without knowing and you might guess it's lamb shoulder, subtly gamey and deeply tender with soft striations of fat. But there's a darker, more mineral quality to the meat, a funk that, come your second bite, you realize could only come from tongue. This is one of the more approachable applications of the muscle out there. More

A Sandwich a Day: Shawarma at Homemade Falafel

New York Max Falkowitz 2 comments

Like at Cedars Meat House a few blocks away, Homemade Falafel does a rather nice Lebanese-style shawarma ($6). It's a simple thing, and all the better for it: just some beef, sauce, a little vegetable for crunch, and pita that gets out of the way. More

A Sandwich a Day: Shawarma at Cedars Meat House

New York Max Falkowitz 5 comments

Cedars Meat House is a slender storefront along Astoria's 30th Avenue that's easy to miss, but if the glistening shwarma on spits don't catch your eye, a glance at the bottom drawer prices will. $3.50 for a shawarma sandwich! Not even Mamoun's can offer that. More

Almayass in the Flatiron: Armenian-Lebanese Food That's Best In Small Servings

New York J. Kenji López-Alt 2 comments

It's always a gamble trying to adapt a successful overseas to the fickle U.S. market. Occasionally you might strike gold—think: Till Death Do Us Part's metamorphosis into All In The Family. But more often than not, you end up with Chateau Snavely or Payne desperately trying to capture the magic of Fawlty Towers. Having spent a few meals out at Almayass, the successful Middle Eastern chain of Armenian restaurants that has most recently expanded to Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, it feels more like the American version of The Office: a refreshingly unique and strong beginning that gets progressively less exciting. More

Kofte Kebabs with Spicy Harissa Yogurt Sauce and Grilled Flatbread (Minced Lamb Kebabs)

Serious Eats J. Kenji López-Alt 6 comments

Kofte Kebabs are traditionally made with lamb, however, ground beef or pork can be substituted. Harissa is a Tunisian spice pasted made from piri-piri peppers. If you can't find it, any fresh chili sauce will do, such as sambal oelek. More

First Look: Lebanese-Armenian at Almayass in the Flatiron

New York Max Falkowitz 3 comments

Lebanese restaurants aren't rare in this city, but they aren't especially common either—a shame for New Yorkers who'd rather pig out on eggplant and yogurt than foie gras and pork belly. Lebanese cuisine is Southern Mediterranean meets Middle Eastern, and can be as conservative or as exotic as you care for. At the newly opened, surprisingly fancy Almayass in the Flatiron, both routes are open to you. Want to stick to pita, hummus, and kebabs? No problem. Curious about quail egg-topped Lebanese salumi, beet root dips, or bulgur-studded tartar? They can make that happen. More

Head to Wafa's in Forest Hills for Surprisingly Delicious Lebanese Vegetables

New York Max Falkowitz 9 comments

I wasn't looking for great eggplant at Wafa's in Forest Hills, but it found me, along with several other vegetable-forward wonders. And I'm glad they did. More

Apps Only: Balade

New York Ben Fishner Post a comment

Editor's note: In "Apps Only," Ben Fishner will be eating his way through New York's appetizer, bar, and lounge menus as your guide to fine dining on a budget. He blogs at Ben Cooks Everything. Grilled haloume cheese. [Photos:... More

Healthy & Delicious: Tabbouleh Salad

Serious Eats Kristen Swensson Sturt 6 comments

Traditional Lebanese tabbouleh is essentially parsley salad dressed in lemon juice and olive oil, with a few grains, tomatoes, scallions, and mint thrown in for variety. Admittedly, I'm not too crazy about the dish. Sure it's fun to pronounce and undoubtedly healthy, but I find it pretty dry, and eating a forkful kind of makes me feel like a bunny. More

A Sandwich a Day: Sujok Pita at Al Safa

New York Caroline Russock 2 comments

Although I'd never heard anything about Al Safa in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, when I walked in I just knew that it was going to be good. Scanning the menu, I was intrigued by the Sujok Pita ($5) described as hot spiced ground beef and lamb sausage. More

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