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Sep 19, 2012 04:39 PM

Mama Ayesha

Going there for the first time in probably 20 years -- anything particularly good? Anything I should avoid at all costs?

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  1. I had a layered eggplant dish that was fairly lame. Last time I was there I tried to order the kibee nayye. Three times the waiter came back and asked me if I really wanted the kibee nayee. Finally, a manager came by and said they were out of it.

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    1. re: Steve

      I've walked by that place a thousand times, and read good reviews, but somehow never trusted it. Glad I went with my instincts.

      1. re: Steve

        Thanks -- I was thinking about ordering the eggplant!

      2. Get an Arak and a selection of mezze, maybe throw on an order of grape leaves(with the lamb) and you will have a great meal.

        A couple of pastries and an "Arabian" coffee and you will be good to go.

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        1. re: drewpbalzac

          Thanks -- I was planning on the grape leaves but have yet to try an Arak

          1. re: Teddybear

            Mix it with room temp water, then add an ice cube or two. It is my favorite anisette.

            If you don't like anise, get an Almaza, it is a Lebanese beer that goes well with mezze.

        2. Well the decor has certainly improved since my last visit in the 1980s -- we enjoyed the fried cauliflower appetizer and the kibbeh. Also enjoyed the grape leaves, but I was glad I was sharing the order. It's offered as an entree, but I do think I would have been bored with them long before I finished the dish.

          Service was fine and the evening enjoyable.