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Mar 22, 2008 05:26 AM

There's got to be some decent Lebanese in Jersey,NY, or CT, right?

I'm of lebanese decent and from Detroit where there are more lebanese restaurants than pizza places, so I'm very familiar with what is good and with what isn't. Thus far, I haven't eaten any lebanese food worth mentioning, including many Patterson spots and Benny's in Englewood, all of which would make my grandmother turnover in her grave with dissapointement (Ba-at-te-lut-mah). So, question remains: in this crazy polyglotal tri-sate area, does a place that serves decent lebanese food exist or must I fly NorthWorst air everytime I want some decent Kibbeh?

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  1. Someone? Anyone? I too would like some good Lebanese food!

    1. I would go to Hanna's in Danbury which is more of a lebanese market with a few tables for wait service, but the food is very authentic.
      There is also a lebanese restaurant in Stamford, Myrna's
      I've never been, but it might be worth a try...

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      1. re: mom2

        We're big fans of Myrna's, but have limited experience with other Lebanese, so don't know how it compares. Would be interested in hearing from those that know the cuisine well.

        A selection of the hot and cold mezza is the way to go. Our favorites are the kibbe, lamb sausage, lentils & rice, fried halloumi cheese, hummus w/meat and the shankleesh.

        1. re: cteats

          I'll second Myrna's in Stamford, and note that they are expanding the Stamford location, opening a place in Greenwich, on W. Putnam right near Barcelona, and are trying to locate a spot in Darien as well.

      2. I'm not Lebanese, but it is one of my favorite cuisines. Matter of fact, I'm going to have it tonight! The best I've had is Tabboule in Ridgewood in the Kings Plaza on Maple Ave. Ridgewood is full of over-priced mediocre places (in my opinion)--but Tabboule is very good. Their fattouche salad, kibbe, and shawarma are really fantastic. The food is always fresh and flavorful. The owners are really great--and friendly. There are a few tables inside, but I live close enough to get takeout. Last time we were in there, we noticed they have a sunday brunch and a Lebanese "hookah" night. Give it a try, and let me know what you think!

        1. I agree, Myrna's in Stamford is very good, as is Hanna's in Danbury. There is also a small place on High Ridge Road in Stamford, Layla's Falaffel that is decent.

          1. When I was a critic, I had a great meal in Paterson...lots of great middle eastern fare off Main St. My favorite spot moved to NYC. Byblos, in the 30s on the east side. Great food, and very nice owners.

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            1. re: Picnicchef

              My dude and i used to frequent Byblos, as it is the closest to what I know Lebanese cuisine as being...the last time we went, however ,was the last time we'll ever go...Kibbeh Nayeh (raw lamb) wasn't fresh(SCARY) beef schwarma was almost inedible, and everything else was sub-par....unfortunately, that was the only spot in Patterson that i thought was worth its lebanese sumac...