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I'm looking for a Middle Eastern restaurant downtown (near Village). I'm throwing a party in late December and want to have it catered. Any suggestions? I'd obviously love it to be great, but not outrageously expensive. Thanks!

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  1. Do you like Moustache? I love their food, and had an event catered by them years ago. They offered more options than on the Moustache menu, and were professional, prompt and great to work with.

    1. Byblos is on 28th and Madison. Is that far enough downtown? Absolutely excellent.
      Call them and ask about catering.
      Moustache is also terrific.
      If you don't need the party to be at the restaurant you might also call Mamoun in East and West village.

      1. E village or west village?
        Taim does catering, for a smaller group it wouldn't be outrageous:

        Nish nush does catering and delivery of it, their hummus is my favorite in the city, and their mint lemonade would be amazing spiked too....

        1. Check out Alfanoose - down on Fulton street.


          They are not fancy, but their food is absolutely delicious. Vastly underrated, in my opinion.

          1. Elizabeth Minchilli!!!!!!!!

            (Just excited to see you here ;))

            You got great suggestions here. Love Taim, Nish Nush (love the hummus as well tho I still prefer Gazala's which I had today again)
            Balaboosta (same owner as Taim) is another options

            1. Elizabeth -

              You've already gotten some good suggestions for local Manhattan restaurants, but I'll add that you might want to step back and think about a couple of other options before going with an established Manhattan restaurant. First of all, even though the event will be in Manhattan, I'm sure that Brooklyn Middle Eastern places are quite comfortable delivering their services to downtown areas. Offhand, Tanoreen Restaurant comes to mind as a place well loved over the years on CH (in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn) that does a lot of catering. Check out their site for their catering menu, etc: http://www.tanoreen.com

              Secondly, you may want to check out caterers or Middle Eastern food stores that aren't restaurants to see if you can get something that's more specific to your needs. I'm sure that Sahadi's (large Lebanese place: sahadis.com) and a bunch of others like it do a lot of catering, especially during the holiday season. I don't think that Sahadi's specifically has as good a product for catering as Tanoreen -- although we buy food from them very, very regularly, I'm not sure it's an "upscale party" caterer type place.

              I owe you big time for our visits to Rome, Umbria and Florence so feel free to get in touch if you want more specifics or contact names at the above (or other) places. Happy Holidays.