Dining: Mediterranean/Middle Eastern
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Cozy bistro with an eclectic menu. A nice stop before or after a film at Midtown Art Cinema.
Bistro offering food from Italy, France, Greece, Spain, North Africa and the Middle East.
Despite the hard-to-find location, poor decor, and ironically bland falafel, this restaurant has done well for itself, and rightly so. The real joy here is the Persian cuisine. With items such as the kashk-o-bademjan -- eggplant cooked down to its silky essence and topped with crispy shallots of cream and whey, and served with hot-off-the-griddle pita bread -- it may be better to simply forget about the falefel.
Turkish restaurant with a Hookah Lounge.
Colorful, textural stews, kebabs and basmati rice dishes served in subtly elegant surroundings. The staff is happy to tell you all about their native cuisine if you show the slightest interest.
Comfort mixed with a hint of the exotic. This Persian eatery offers such treats as kashk badenjoon, a warm, blended eggplant and onion appetizer; mast mousir, a garlic and yogurt dip; and shirazi salad, a medley of chopped cucumbers, tomatoes and parsley with a citrus dressing. $$ ($10-$20)
To enjoy a meal at Taverna Plaka, get drunk off the lengthy list of Greek wines, dance and order the mezze. The many appetizer-size dishes tend to be better than the entrees, and we recommend the very spicy but irresistible pork-and-lamb sausage.
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