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eastern nights on steinway

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eastern nights on steinway

melon | Jun 6, 2005 12:48 PM

Had a great dinner at Eastern Nights last night. Chicken kebab comes with fresh salad with dollops of lebneh and rich tahini sauce. Also slightly spicy, addictive pickled carrots, a moist,flavorful pilaf and loads of fresh, crisp toasted pita. The chicken was very well-marinated, plentiful and tender and also came with a roasted *hot* pepper (the long, light green kind). My dining companion had the lamb chops, which were surprisingly not quite as satisfying as the chicken. A little underspiced and a little greasy, but still did the job for my lamb-addicted date. Portions were embarrassingly large.

We ate in the back, "tented" area, where hookah-smoking is permitted and scented candles are on all of the tables. The fruity-smoky smell is a little strong at first, but once you get used to it, it doesn't interfere with the food at all, so I recommend the back over the badly lit front dining room. Service was almost lousy with one of the waiters and wonderful with the other. Beware of the bottled water trick. We were served glasses of ice water upon seating but when we asked for "more water" we were presented with a small bottle of Poland Springs. We just stood firm and he sheepishly refilled the glasses. I don't know thhis was his own device or institutional. Anyway, I still recommend it. I'm definitely going back.

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