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Brush Off The Ban, By Embracing NYC’s Middle Eastern (and African) Restaurants

Neighborhood: | Featured in Best Of, Ethnic Eats, Restaurant

It’s often said that food is love, which goes to show why New Yorkers have reliably come out in force against the so-called Muslim ban. Because when you’re constantly surrounded by the hospitable, culinary culture of international neighbors, it arouses solidarity, which is why it’s so important to show our support to the families that have fed us over the years — from Yemen Café in Brooklyn to Persepolis on the Upper East Side & more…

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L’As Du Fallafel

Neighborhood: , , | Featured in City Guides, Restaurant

Paris is one of the last places you would think you’d find mind-blowing falafel, but L’As Du Fallafel’s rendition is better than any I’ve had to date, including in Israel. This is God’s gift to Middle Eastern mezze, though you’d never know it from looking at the ugly green and yellow exterior or no frills dining room, equipped with plastic forks and knives, located in the heart of the Jewish Quarter. Sometimes, I like to walk by this spot just before noon and savor the calm before the storm…

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Middle Eastern Lamb & Green Bean Tagine

Neighborhood: | Featured in Recipes

When we think of Easter time, two must-have dishes spring to mind, Lamb and Green Bean Casserole. And while Easter is officially over, we’re inspired to combine the two together this spring for an unusual, but no less delicious entrée – a Moroccan-inspired Lamb and Green Bean Tajine. We’ve adapted our recipe to cook in an everyday pot, but if you happen to own a Tajine (or feel like purchasing one as they’re very attractive), by all means, use it!

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Turks & Frogs

Neighborhood: | Featured in Reviews

458 Greenwich Street, btwn. Watts & Desbrosses (212)966-4774    PLACE: TURKS & FROGS TYPE: Turkish OCCASION: Perfect date place VIBE:  Trendy Mediterranean DON’T MISS DISH: Char-grilled calamari DON’T BOTHER: Lamb skewers A LITTLE ADVICE: Stick to fish RESTAURANT GIRL RATED: (1-10):  6                     Finally awakening from an Easter Peeps sugar coma, I thought I should get out and see the world, so I traveled down to the Turkish side of Tribeca to check out the latest installment of Turks & Frogs.  When the Cakir brothers first opened up an accidental wine bar in their West Village antiques shop, I dabbled in their Turkish wines and treats.  But this time, they wanted to be taken seriously as culinary contenders on NYC’s food frontier. Open less than a week and this moody Mediterranean space was...

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