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Any suggestions for best Lebanese/Middle Eastern restaurants in NYC???

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  1. Best Lebanese in NYC and best Lebanese in Manhattan are two different stories. Al Bustan and ilili are not bad choices at all in the city, but I still go to Brooklyn when I crave really good sfiha or musaqqa.

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    Al Bustan
    319 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

    Ilili
    236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

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    1. re: JungMann

      Thanks so much! What are some BK Lebanese faves??

      1. re: naomiw

        Technically the owner is Palestinian, but Tanoreen is definitely one of the better Levantine restaurants I've been to.

      2. re: JungMann

        As long as everyone is leaving Manhattan, take a ride to Paterson, and you will find amazing Lebanese/ syrian / Turkish food there at half of NY prices. Including snacks like falafel ( absolutely far better than Bklyn and Manhattan) and shwarma and kefta . All on Main St.

      3. Manhattan: Al Bustan for authentic Lebanese/Syrian food
        Brooklyn: Tanoreen, Sally & Georges and Tripoli in that order
        All things being equal Tanoreen is our favorite but we live close to Al Bustan and are never disappointed.

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        1. re: Motosport

          I live near Al Bustan as well and I never see anyone in there so I'm reticent to try it. What's the deal?

          1. re: Jane A.

            We go mid week and it's busy but never full. It is a large space. Much larger than their old 3rd Ave location. Food is excellent. Check it out.
            They are the only place I have found in Manhattan that has Kibbe Nayeh, a lamb tartare delicacy!!

            1. re: Motosport

              Whenever I'm in NYC, I make sure to go to Al Bustan for their Kibbee Nayeh. It's the best I've ever had, including in Lebanon. Love this place.

        2. I like Alfanoose for authentic Levantine dine-n-dash food. It's basically a take-out joint, although they have some seating and a largerish space. And it's technically Syrian, rather than Lebanese.

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          Alfanoose
          8 Maiden Ln, New York, NY 10038

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          1. re: foodmonk

            Looks interesting. We'll have to try it when we find ourselves in the Wall St area.

            1. re: Motosport

              Yes ... and it's owned and operated by a very nice family.

          2. And if you're willing to schlep to Queens, Wafa's is amazing.
            http://www.wafasfood.com/home.html

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            1. re: PlomeekSoup

              In Queens on Main St is a kosher Yemenite restaurant with really good falafel