Best Middle Eastern in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

These top-rated Middle Eastern restaurants lead the pack in NYC.

Tanoreen
Middle Eastern · Bay Ridge · $$
Food 4.6 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.4

“Complex flavors abound” in the “breathtaking” Med–Middle Eastern dishes at this Bay Ridge “local gem” , where chef Rawia Bishara’s “pride shows” as she “works the room” alongside the “skilled” staff; the “warm and hospitable” room is typically “packed – and that says it all.”
Bar Bolonat
Middle Eastern · West Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

Chef Einat Admony (Balaboosta, Taïm) takes Israeli cuisine to “new levels” at this West Village “standout” , where her “inspired” dishes “showcase the Middle East’s best flavors” ; “tiny” digs and “not-so-tiny” prices are offset by “helpful” service and an “upscale” yet “relaxed” vibe.
Taboon
Middle Eastern · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

“Consistently fantastic” , this “popular” Hell’s Kitchen “keeper” provides “interesting” Med–Middle Eastern cooking highlighted by “extraordinary” bread “fresh” out of the namesake clay oven; if it’s a “bit pricey” , it’s still “lovely for a pre-theater dinner.”
ILILI
Brunch · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Modern takes” on “traditional” Lebanese cooking come with “creative enhancements” at this NoMad “scene” , where the cocktails are equally “inventive” ; the “cathedral-sized” , wood-lined space is made for “big groups” , but its “nightclub vibe” has “noise” to match (hint: upstairs nooks are “more sedate” ).
Almayass
Middle Eastern · Flatiron · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.4 · Service 4.4

An offshoot of the Beirut original, this Flatiron “surprise” offers a “wide” selection of “mouthwatering” Lebanese-Armenian fare with “standout” servers to “guide you through the menu” ; the “comfortable” space’s “familial atmosphere” is “good for groups” aiming to “order a variety and share.”
Mamoun's
Middle Eastern · East Village · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.7

“Tasty and hasty” sums up these cross-Village Middle Eastern “favorites” , whose “awesome” falafel and shawarma “can't be beat” for “cheap, filling eats” served into the “wee hours” ; “bare-bones” digs with a serious “space crunch” don't keep them from “bustling.”
Mamoun's
Fast Food · Greenwich Village
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.7 · Service 3.7

“Tasty and hasty” sums up these cross-Village Middle Eastern “favorites” , whose “awesome” falafel and shawarma “can't be beat” for “cheap, filling eats” served into the “wee hours” ; “bare-bones” digs with a serious “space crunch” don't keep them from “bustling.”
Mimi's Hummus
Middle Eastern · Gramercy Park · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

“Who knew hummus could be so extravagant?” say fans who “dream” of the namesake dish at these “cozy” nooks that “keep it simple” with Middle Eastern small plates, bowls and sweets, plus beer and wine; “reasonable” prices are the icing on the cake, though “tiny” digs mean many opt for “takeout.”
Mimi's Hummus
Middle Eastern · Ditmas Park · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

“Who knew hummus could be so extravagant?” say fans who “dream” of the namesake dish at these “cozy” nooks that “keep it simple” with Middle Eastern small plates, bowls and sweets, plus beer and wine; “reasonable” prices are the icing on the cake, though “tiny” digs mean many opt for “takeout.”