Restaurants & Bars

Outer Boroughs Middle Eastern

Darna- Middle Eastern on Court street-- nice!


More from Restaurants & Bars

Restaurants & Bars Outer Boroughs Middle Eastern

Darna- Middle Eastern on Court street-- nice!

twan55 | | Aug 2, 2012 04:24 PM

This is by no means an exhaustive review- but...

This place is adorable-- a little hole-in-the-wall Middle Eastern sandwich shop with a small menu. I only tried three items (falafel wrap, chicken over rice, and baklava) and all three were delicious.

The falafel was "wet" (as opposed to dry and mealy). It was really tasty. They put red peppers, mushrooms, and onions in with the falafel balls and the combo works perfectly. Too many places put this MOUND of lettuce- mostly lettuce rind- and tomatoes on the top part of the sandwich and then bury the falafel balls at the bottom and the whole thing ends up being an uneven, top-heavy mess-- too salad-y up top, too falafel-y on the bottom. Since this is a wrap (as opposed to a pita)- and since they don't cram it to the top with cardboard tasting "veggies"- it doesn't suffer from this problem. The result is an eminently enjoyable sandwich that doesn't fall apart when you try and eat it and can actually stay intact for more than three minutes. Oh and did I mention that the bottom doesn't fall out- as so often happens with tahini-laden pita falafel sandwiches. Yup- falafel WRAPS for me from now on...

The chicken over rice was wonderful as well- they use short-grain rice (the small kind) and the chicken is well-spiced. Also, the meat isn't fatty.

Finally, there's the coup de grace: the baklava- which the owner told me they get from Damascus bakery. Holy mother of God is this good. Finally a properly-baked piece of baklava- as opposed to the wet-cardboard types that so often abound. Chewy yet flaky, honeyed- but not drowning in the stuff- wow wow WOW is this perfect.

3 guesses as to where I'm going next time we have a dinner party and a tray of baklava is needed...

Anyway- back to Darna-- GO. You'll like it. Good food, and a good vibe. I'd been meaning to stop in for a while but it's kind of hidden and I always forgot.

No more.