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Food from Saudi Arabia in New York?

My new year's resolution was to eat at restaurants from every different country without leaving New York City. I've been working my way through the first few (and capturing the memories at fabulouslyunforeign.com) and come across one country I can't find any restaurants from: Saudi Arabia. I really hope people here have suggestions.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Hi rebeccaas21,

    Unfortunately I cannot help you on your present quest to find a Saudi Arabian restaurant but I just wanted to say WOW! What a fabulous idea!

    Good luck in all of you searching! I look forward to checking out your progress on your website.

    Ciao,

    Glendale is hungry...

    1. Hmmm, that's a hard one even in the Arabian Gulf region, as the local cuisine tends to be "home food" in these countries. I think attempts to find Kuwaiti, Bahraini, Emirati, Omani etc. cuisine would be similarly frustrated, but I would be amazed and happy if you found anything.

      An Iraqi restaurant would serve a some dishes like kabsa and quzi typical of the region, but now Le Kabbr is closed I can't think of one to recommend. They love their schwarma in Saudi, but all the schwarma places I like in NYC are actually Israeli.

      I've seen Saudi dates at Fairway. And if you want to roll up your sleeves and give it a try yourself, the cookbook "Cardamom and Lime", although written by a Kuwaiti woman, contains recipes for rice and meat dishes and date-based desserts that are also typical of Saudi Arabia. You can find dried limes and other required spices at Kalustyan's.

      Your best bet might be to call the local Saudi consulate in NYC and ask where they eat when they get homesick - see http://www.saudiembassy.net/embassy/u.... They might have some sort of event at the UN cafeteria or something.

      Good luck!

      1. In Brooklyn there are a cluster of Middle Eastern places on 5th around 72, that seemed more Arabic than Lebanese.

        I liked Damascus Gate (Syrian) .

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        1. re: Geo8rge

          Once in London I visited an elegant Lebanese restaurant which seemed to be gettin heavy patronage from Saudis. Im thinking (maybe a bit of exaggeration?) that Lebanese may be the fine cuisine of the region.

          I think Damascus Gate may have had a name change.

          1. re: Geo8rge

            Damascus Gate is closed. The other restaurants seem to he Hookah bars. There are some nice groceries and dessert places, but I did not see and real Arabian restaurants.

          2. I was under the impression that most of the restaurants in the Kingdom are run by Palestinians, Indians, and those of nationalities other than Saudi. (IS THIS TRUE?)

            So I wonder how many "real" Saudi restaurants you would find even within the country.

            1. There are numerous Yemeni restaurants on and near Atlantic Avenue in downtown Bklyn - you would at least be eating a cuisine from the Arabian Peninsula if that would satisfy your geographic urge.