i have a mini-mission to find good, genuine middle eastern food in this city. i'm from dearborn, mi and i am middle eastern, so i'm sort of a food snob when it comes to this cuisine. i've been to balade and found it bland and not super-authentic. plus, i'm more used to dive-y middle eastern restaurants anyway. i've also been to mamoun's and kebab garden and had the falafel and chicken schwarma, respectively... again, not quite. i'm looking for a place that has a broad menu that does the standards (fattoush, tabbouleh, hummus, babaganoush, pilaf, kibbi, dolma, lentil soup, chicken and lamb schwarma, lamb kebab, etc) and does them well. i'm more than willing to trek to queens or brooklyn, but if you know places in manhattan, that'd be awesome.
thanks so much!