What do you think of Neyla in Georgetown?
I'm coordinating a group dinner tomorrow night (6 of us, just a casual thing, we gather a few times a month together for dinner), and the destination ended up as Neyla off Wisconsin in Georgetown. I say "ended up" because we had originally planned on trying Arisu, the Korean place on Wisc., but when I tried to call the phone # wasn't working, anyone know if they've closed? I'd still like to try it eventually.
Anyway, we still wanted to stay in Georgetown, but I was kind of at a loss as we've already been to both Hook, Bodega (a favorite), Mie n Yu (hated it), and we didn't want Italian. So, through an opentable search, I narrowed it down to Neyla. Just want to know any opinions about the place, although it's probably too late to change reservations now, still, I wanted to know what to expect (had a bad experience with Current Sushi for our last excursion). Also, any suggestions for must-try dishes? Thanks in advance, and I'll report back after our dinner tomorrow.
Haven't eaten there but the menu looks good. Walked in last weekend at 9:40 and they couldn't seat us until 10:30 even though there had been 9:30 reservations on opentable and there were still 10pm ones. The one thing I notices, as with other Lebanese restaurants, the music was quite loud.
Just wanted to report back- we did end up going to Neyla's last Thursday (a group of 7), and had a great time! I'll definitely add it to my list of Georgetown options. We arrived about 7 and the place was pretty quiet, but it was packed by the time we left around 9:30. Great atmosphere inside, Middle Eastern feel, but not kitchsy at all. It was loud though, I couldn't talk with the other end of the table, but I don't think it would've been so bad for just a table of 2-4.
Service was great, they were very accomodating of our one late guest, and split checks for the two guests that didn't want to share plates. Five of us shared the small plates and two had entrees. The entrees looked great (one had the kabob, lamb, I think, the other the sea bass), but I was glad I shared the small plates in order to try a variety.
Likes- the falafel, manti (this was really good, but to be honest, I'm not really sure what I was eating, the menu description said it had foie gras, but I didn't notice any, still the flavors were really good), roasted red pepper dip, and the shrimp pil pil. I didn't like the tabbouleh, mostly because I don't like parsley, but it also had too much oil for my tastes. We also ordered too many dips (hummus, babaganoush, and the red pepper), and although I liked them all, would have just preferred two. Also, the dips come with A LOT of oil in the center of the dip. When I go back, I'd definitely ask to omit the extra oil. I also really liked the bread that came with the meal (soft like naan, but not broiled/roasted, more doughy).
Bottomline- I'd definitely add this to my list of Georgetown options, especially when looking for a festive place for a group.