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El Manara, not just for babaganouj

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El Manara, not just for babaganouj

Eric Eto | Sep 20, 2002 01:41 AM

While you can get a killer babaganouj at El Manara on Steinway (at 28th Ave), there's a whole lot more to the menu of grilled items there. I noticed a few things on their sandwich menu that I really wanted to try (like the tongue, hearts, chicken livers, brain), and after rapping with the grill guy (a really really jolly and friendly man), what really struck me is that they have my favorite Lebanese/Armenian sausage, soujuk, there. I forgot to ask, but it all looked homemade, and boy was it good. Not only did the soujuk transport me to my favorite Armenian kabab joint in LA (Zankou chicken), they make the same exact white pasty garlic sauce that you can get at Zankou! He normally serves the garlic sauce with the chicken shawarma or the rotisserie chicken, but I asked for a sample with my soujuk. The garlic packs a real punch. I forgot to mention that they put the pita sandwiches on a french press grill to flatten the sandwich and crisp the outer layer of pita. The grill man will insist on putting his hot sauce on, and it is a must. It's not very hot, but adds a nice complex spiciness to the sandwich.

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