Sitting in the subway 2 on our way to Brooklyn and determined to find a good Middle Eastern place there, we were reading the Chowhound's recommendations for Atlantic Ave, working the street map and subway map at the same time, and attracted the attention of two people: "Can I help you?" I growled back (thinking, what do you think we're are, tourists?): "D'you know Brooklyn" "Yes" "Do you know Henry Street? "Oh yes, we live around there." My Chowhound-trained fifth sense for local recommendations set something ringing: "We're actually looking for a good Middle Eastern restaurant. Have you been in the Waterfalls Cafe?" "Yes, but it's not as good as Tutt Cafe."
Half an hour later, we entered the realms of Cafe Tutt, an Egyptian restaurant, with a charming atmosphere, clothes draped over tables, lamps and walls depicting sphinxes, mummies, pharaos and pyramids. The food: If you like lamb, that's the place to go. Spicy lamb sausage or the enormous heap of garlicky, exotically spiced (he refused to name the spice, amazing, never tasted anything like this) non-greasy, supersoft leg of lamb. The pita is prepared freshly for every guest and in balloon-shape (caution: hot air inside) delivered to the table with home-made hummus and babaghanoush. Delicious mint black tea and mudcoffee (just like in Kairo!). Warm service. (good prices, 9$ for any of those huge main lamb dishes with all the stuff on the side) I cannot say enough good things about this resto. It was the best Middle Eastern food experience ever for us. (It's Bring your own wine and beer here.)
47 Hicks Street (about 9 blocks north of Atlantic Avenue)
Exit subway 2 or 3 at Clark Street or subw A and C at High Street