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 4.7 · Decor 4.1 · 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
Israeli · West Village · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.2

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
Mediterranean · West 50s · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.2

“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
Mediterranean · NoMad · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.2 · Service 4.2

“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
Mediterranean · 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.”
Balaboosta
Jewish · NoLita · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

Applying “artful flair” to Med-Mideastern “comfort” classics, the Taïm team spins a “gourmet experience” at this NoLita “favorite” ; the space is “cute” but “always packed” , so you may gain acquaintance with your “neighbor’s elbow” , but that’s easy to overlook given such “warm welcomes” and “reasonable” prices.
Mamoun's
Middle Eastern · East Village · $
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.8 · Service 3.8

“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
Middle Eastern · Greenwich Village
Food 4.4 · Decor 2.8 · Service 3.8

“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 · 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.”