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Oct 26, 2006 02:58 PM

Mideastern restaurant - suggestions?

Would greatly appreciate some suggestions for great Mideastern food in Manhattan from you who know the Manhattan food scene much better than us.
We are staying in the East 70's, but would certainly travel for a great dining experience.


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  1. You'd have to travel a bit but these are all great...

    Bamiyan - Afghan cuisine - 3rd Ave corner of 26th St

    Turkish Kitchen - 3rd Ave btwn 27th and 28th

    Ali Baba - 34th btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave

    I also love the Shwarma at Chickpea

    1. Turkish Kitchen, on 3rd Av., b/t 27th & 28th Sts., is our favorite for that cuisine. Excellent food, efficient service, and very attractive decor.

      Ethos, on 3rd, b/t 34th & 35th Sts., serve delicious traditional Greek food in a casual, taverna-style setting. They specialize in whole fresh fish (displayed on ice). The kitchen grills your selection to perfection, and the staff then expertly fillets it tableside. The lamb dishes, including moussaka, are cooked and served in clay pots.

      Darna, on 2nd Av., b/t 34th & 35th Sts., serves excellent Moroccan fare. (Note: Don't miss the sensational bewats appetizer.) Friendly service and pleasing Moroccan-inspired ambiance.

      1. Casa la Femme on East 59th serves very good Egyptian food.

        1. I'd suggest the "cart", best hallal around and a true NY experience. 6th ave right by the Hilton.

          1. Beyoglu on 81st/3rd is pretty good - you can make a meal of the mezes