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Ideas for a catered Lebanese meal?

Anyone ever ordered a quantity of food from a Lebanese restaurant in Brooklyn? If you liked it, please tell me where it is. I'm looking for someplace to order shawarma, tabouleh, baba ghanoush, etc. for a large dinner party. Thanks.

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  1. A friend had Sahadi's, the middle eastern grocer on Atlantic Avenue, cater a dinner several years ago and was quite pleased. Not surprised, as the items I get from their deli are usually very good. See the link below for their catering menu. No shewarma, and I've never seen it in the store, but it's probably worth asking them. I know they have the shewarma spices, because that's where I buy mine. Good luck.

    http://www.sahadis.com/catering.ihtml

    1. I know D'vine taste in park slope does catering. It is a gourmet lebanese deli not a restaurant almost the same as Sahardi.You should check it out by trying a sample of their food first before ordering.

      1. The Sahadis are Lebanese Christians, and do excellent catering. The food is authentic and well prepared, and they are so wonderful to deal with.

        We went to a large party they catered last yuear and enjoyed everything.

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        1. re: Fleur

          Lebanese christians and muslims alike have the same cuisine. being Arab I can tell you that Sahadi's delhi food is catered for American taste and is not as good as the food you would find in bay ridge where it is more geared for Lebanese and Arabs. I do agree that they have a very good business sense and that their shop is great.

          1. re: bebe

            Where in Bay Ridge do you recommend? And how do they compare to D'vine Taste, which I think is much better than Sahadi's (as much as I love Sahadi's)?

            1. re: rose water

              Tanoreen...is it Lebanese, I think so. Delicious food, I don't know if they cater though. Lots of old posts on this place. It's in Bay Ridge.

              1. re: prunefeet

                http://tanoreen.com/about.html

                (by the way, Rawia is from Nazareth and is Palestinian... but it would be splitting hairs, as the food is very close to Lebanese... unless rose water goes and tells me otherwise).

                oops... didn't see welle's post below.

          1. Thanks for all the ideas. I think I'm going to try D'Vine as it's the closest.

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            1. re: ardnaxela

              Let us know how you like it. I had the treat of eating loads of food from D'vine Taste this weekend, courtesy of ramen girl, who recommended it above. Incredibly smokey flavored baba gannoush, delicious garlicky tahini, and a luscious leg of lamb covered in spices and loads of garlic were particular highlights, and god were they good! (Made better by ramen girl's incredible grilling skill, of course!)

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              D'Vine Taste
              150 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            2. All good suggestions, but I'd go to Tanoreen in Bay Ridge for a very special bit of Lebanese cuisine catered.

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              1. re: pitu

                If you do choose Tanoreen, make sure you can pick the food up or have it delivered way ahead of time. I had them cater a party for me and the party was ruined as I spent the first hour and a half of the party on the phone with them trying to figure out where my food was.

                1. re: chowkitty

                  well, THAT'S a drag! was it delicious once you got it?
                  I love that place...

                2. re: pitu

                  Tanoreen is not Lebanese, but Palestinian, in case the OP or the guests care.

                3. I think the food from the Family Store on 3rd Ave and Bay Ridge Ave AKA: 69th St, is great!. I don't know if they cater, but they make delicious stuff..

                  1. Ditto on the Family Store. They catered my wedding and it was incredible. People still tell me it was by far the best food they've ever had at a wedding.

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                    1. re: guojie

                      I just read on another thread that Tanoreen is the aunt of the Family Store!
                      I gotta try it . . .

                      1. re: pitu

                        I'm not surprised . Their stuff is just so good that you want to keep eating even when you are full. I have tried so many things there and everything has always been seasoned perfectly. I have yet to make it over the Verrazano w/o devouring several items. I can only imagine what other drivers are seeing, lol!
                        Of course, I do the same thing when I stop at the Spartan Cafe and get Spartan chicken on pita.... I end up eating that huge sandwich on the way home,. No easy task, mind you. :-}

                    2. One of my Brooklyn favorites is Karam, just up from the NE corner 86th and 4th (8519 4th Ave, actually). It's a Lebanese hole-in-the-wall with kick-ass food. We catered a big party with food from there a few years ago, and it was lovely and not terribly expensive. {We picked it up; I'm not sure if they deliver.}

                      I found it years ago when I asked a guy in a felafel shop that I liked why I couldn't find any gourmet Arabic food in the city. "Where would you go if your mother came to visit?" "I'd have her cook." "OK, but if you wanted to give her the night off?" He thought for a moment and said "Karam." It took us a while to get there, because we were never appropriately dressed for a nice dinner when we were in that part of town. Finally, we were, so we drove by -- and found a very unassuming felafel shop with about a dozen chairs. BUT, everything was good, we kept coming back regularly thereafter, and I have found them to be pretty consistent. Shwarma are kebabs are good, Mujadarrah is my personal favorite, but it's really all good. Only thing I've ever had that I didn't care for there was brains, and that's because I'm just not a fan. (I thought, "ok, let me give it another shot, because if anyone willl do it in a way that I'll like it, these guys will." Oh, well.)

                      -TreatyOak

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                      1. re: TreatyOak

                        My friend (who first introduced me to Chowhound) has been raving about Karam for years, but I still haven't checked it out. I will have to get on it...perhaps a series of trips are in order, so that we can figure out the subtle differences in Palestinian v Lebanese food (which I know nothing about--sorry, Steve R).

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                        Karam
                        8519 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

                        1. re: rose water

                          I'm perfectly willing to subject myself to being part of a good scientific investigation.

                          1. re: Steve R

                            I'm kinda wondering how the Maronite Christian identity works into this - like the Jewish cuisine in Rome or something, the culinary cultural traditions of a religious group . . . and I'm thinking the Claudia Roden books might be helpful.
                            hmmmmmmmmm

                            I'm going to Tanoreen as soon as they get back from vacation!

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                            Tanoreen
                            7523 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209

                            1. re: pitu

                              Hang on--they're on vacation? Do you know for how long? I was planning on going there this week!

                              EDIT: Never mind, I just called there. They're on vacation through today, and reopen tomorrow, 8/28. On their voicemail, they also mentioned their website: www.tanoreen.com

                              1. re: rose water

                                Palestinians and Lebanese ultimately share the same cusine. Lebanese may eat certain dishes more often such as kibbeh and may have slightly different names for the same dish but it is the same cuisine. My husband is Maronite Christian from the Part of Palestine that borders with Lebanon and I am a Palestinian Muslim from the West Bank. We are the same people with the same language, culture and the same food. The only difference between a Muslim and Christian is the Christian may drink liquor and occasionally supplement pork for lamb (because it is cheaper) while a Muslim does not eat pork or drink alcoholic beverages.

                                I am glad that you enjoy our cuisine. Hospitality is very important part of our culture and this plays into why Tanoreen is such a good hostess. Karam is good for certain street foods such as shawarma and the falafel is Ok. The manaeesh with cheese or zattar are good in the morning when he makes them, but I do not find his imjadara or tabouleh to be good.

                                I have not been to Tanoreen, but I may try it one day and see what I think. Since we can cook the meals ourselves, we rather eat asian food or french when we go out to try something new like you do.

                                Sahtein,

                                1. re: bebe

                                  I have to disagree a bit, at least with respect to dessert. There's clearly a difference between Palestinian and Lebanese knafeh. The Palestinian version, which I had at Tanoreen last night, is topped with buttery shredded phyllo dough strips, which is topped with a sweet rose watery syrup. $12 for a huge plate, and you have to order it in advance. It is incredible stuff that I highly recommend.

                                  The Lebanese, via D'vine Taste, has a semolina topping. Also tasty, but texturally I far prefer the Palestinian version.

                                  While I'm at it, the appetizer special with chicken, pine nuts and carmelized onions on chewy fresh bread, the kibbeh, the fattoush, and the pomegranate walnut spread at Tanoreen are just incredible.

                                  1. re: rose water

                                    Although she doesnt call it knafeh, she does serve a thick semolina cake that is very good as well.

                                    1. re: rose water

                                      Are you sure that the difference is a Palestinian vs Lebanese thing or just different versions that happen to be prepared by a Palestinian place vs Lebanese? Id imagine that you'd need a bigger sample size to be sure? the whole region shares a basic repetoire of similar desserts - I dont know enough to know who owns what variations, esp when the cultures live right on top of each other.

                        2. strips of phylo dough would not be conventional kinafe. This sounds more like kulaj. She may call it kinafe because it is her version. Before colonialism the whole area was one and were were then divided. Believe me when I tell you the cuisine is essentially the same, with minor differences. If you want a better idea of what Palestinian kinafe looks like go to laziza in astoria on Steinway. This is the closest or even better would be nablus sweets in Patterson new jersey. They have the best kinafe in the area. Nablus is a west bank town known for it's kinafe and kinafe can have a cheese or custard like filling and either a softer semolina like topping or a courser one. Nablus sweets is the best. I am glad tanoreen is doing well. Nothing like seeing a fellow Palestinian succeed.