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Miriam's

Lynn | Jul 17, 2005 09:03 PM

I had dinner tonight with a friend at Miriam's the new restaurant on Fifth Avenue. It was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The food is upscale Middle Eastern and everything, with a couple of minor glitches, was impeccably cooked. Here's the rundown:

Ceviche--fabulous. Made with grouper. It was topped with thin slices of beets, finely sliced pickled garlic and parsley.

Med salad--almost as good. chunks of super fresh cukes, ripe tomatoes, tender eggplant in a light, fresh dressing with really soft, pieces of feta.

A salad made with arugula, walnuts, slices of fried artichokes and mushrooms in a light dressing. Very good.

A seafood stew, in a deeply flavored yet light sauce. great.

Chicken Shwarma--too salty, but nice grilled taste.

For dessert we had wonderful figs stuffed with goat cheese in a rich fig
sauce that we loved, and a pudding made with rosewater and topped with a rosewater sauce and pistachio nuts. The pudding was pleasant but the sauce was too much like cough syrup.

Even the wine we had--a Pinot Grigio and Reisling--were bright and clean tasting.

I don't think there's anything over $20 on the menu, with most of the entrees in the $16 range.

I hope this place does well.

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