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Apr 23, 2012 06:50 AM

Byblos sighting!!

My beautiful and talented wife thinks she saw a reincarnation of Byblos on Madison Ave. Anyone have any info??

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  1. I'm not on Facebook, but via Google, according to this Facebook page, the new Byblos location is 80 Madison Ave.

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    5 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      Cool beans!!! I guess they are open. Not as close as the last location but it's good to walk off those Syrian delicacies!!!
      Thanks Roz!!

      1. re: Motosport

        We've been there twice and Byblos is as fantastic and authentic (Syrian/Lebanese) as ever. Very nice space and exceptional service. It's one of the few places that serve libbe nayeh and grapeleaves stuffed with lamb.

        1. re: Motosport

          Thanks for the report, Motosport. On the "go to" list.

          1. re: RGR

            Byblos seems a bit pricier than the old place on 3rd Ave and 38th but well worth it. Hope you enjoy!!

            1. re: Motosport

              It was so long since we last ate at the old Byblos, I have no memory of what prices were like. Since they are now on Madison, I suspect their rent is probably higher than it was on 38th. I do hope the new location has much nicer decor. But in the end, what really counts, of course, is the quality of the food.


    2. We had dinner at Byblos last Sunday evening.

      A tray of olives, pickled turnips, and hot peppers made for tasty nibbles as we perused the menu. They gave us more than enough warm pita bread.

      I love eggplant in any way, shape, or form, so the baba ghannouj was a must. Quite a tasty version. Stuffed grapes leaves are usually not my thing, but M. R. likes them, so they were our other starter. Again, a very generous portion. To my surprise, I actually liked these. We ended up taking home half of them as well as half the baba ghannouj.

      We completely polished off the huge, very good fattoush salad.

      For our main course, we shared the grilled branzino. The properly cooked fish was moist and had good flavor. However, this branzino was much smaller than those we've shared in the past at other restaurants. And our server didn't do a good job of fileting it, leaving too many bones for us to contend with. The rice and green beans that came with it were fine.

      There were only two choices for dessert, some sort of pudding or baklava. We shared the baklava, which was too dry.

      Service was friendly and attentive. Only three other tables were occupied during our stay. It's a large space, and they've done a really nice job with the decor -- way better than the old location. I could do without the music, though.

      We had already paid the check and were getting up to leave when our waitress rushed over and asked us to wait because she wanted to give us something "on the house." What she brought out was a huge platter of sliced watermelon. While we appreciated the gesture, it wasn't a very good watermelon, and it had black seeds, which i detest. So as not to be insulting, we each ate one slice. My guess is this was related to the fact that I was taking photos.

      Overall. it was a good meal but not one to rave about. However, since Byblos is now only a short walk from our apartment (much closer than the old location), we will go back. Next time, I intend to try the lamb chops.

      Photos of our dinner at Byblos:

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      1. re: RGR

        You like watermelon only with the white seeds (which I think are immature ones?)? Since people generally don't eat the seeds along with the fresh watermelon, I guess you dislike the taste of the melon when the seeds are black? Just trying to understand this, but of course, chacun a son gout.

        1. re: Pan

          I obviously needed to be more clear. No, I don't eat the black seeds but hate having to deal with them, i.e., eat around them. I buy only "seedless" watermelons, which do have some of those those tiny white seeds.

        2. re: RGR

          We had the lamb chops!! MMMMMMMM!!!! I hope they make it in that location. My best guess is that they have a nice lunch crowd.