For lovers of Lebanese food, you have got to try Tanoreen. The restaurant is at 77th and 3rd Avenue, and is definetly low-key with a glass enclosed counter in back displaying all of their salads. I was with two colleagues from work who just love middle eastern food, so we decided to have dinner for lunch.
We started with an assortment of appetizer items, which included the freshest and most fragrant stuffed grape leaves, heavenly baba ganoush and hummos, eggplant salad, this amazing and unusual fried califlower, stuffed cabbage and best of all sauteed dandelion with carmelized onions. The salads come with the traditional pita triangles, but also with these thin and crispy pita similar to a bread I have had at Indian restuarants (do not know name). The main course for me was Kibbie (which I had not previously had) which was an incredibly fragrant and well-spiced lamb meatloaf (for lack of a better description). It was loaded with pignoli nuts, vegetables, herbs and spices, and was out of this world. One of my co-workers had a special of stewed green squash stuffed with ground beef and vegetables, and the other had a salmon special that was also truly unique and delicious.
We finished the meal with traditional Arabic coffee (the only coffee other than Cuban that I like sweet), and waddled back to the office. This was a wonderful meal, and definitely a new fresher take on middle eastern food.