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Manousheh--Middle Eastern in the West Village is alive and well.

ZaZa | Apr 17, 201505:56 PM

Manousheh, on Bleecker St. (bet. Macdougal & 6th Ave.) has only been open a month. I was there a couple of times this week. It is a tiny place, where a pleasant staff works efficiently and systematically.

"A real taste of Beirut"--This is Lebanese street food in NYC at its best. They offer "sweet and savory offerings...freshly baked on traditional Lebanese flatbread" made specifically for each order (with a very short wait). This little place is already a success!

The other day, for breakfast, I ordered a savory zaatar, with a mix of thyme, sumac & sesame seed, a scoop of Labneh (traditional yogurt spread) & veggies.

Today, after a Mediterranean salad platter at Taïm (babaganoush, Moroccan carrots, hummus, tabouli, Israeli salad, a side of harissa falafel, (and S’rug), with ginger-mint ice tea--I walked to Manousheh for Lahem Bi Ajine (a freshly baked traditional flatbread with ground beef, tomato & onion) for $5. They'll add veggies for $2 (but I already had enough).

Manousheh changes its sweets every week. I enjoyed Namoura ($3)--semoina w/orange blossom & rosewater...Pistachio Baklava ($2), and Halawa on the regular menu (sweet sesame paste spread on a freshly baked flatbread, then rolled up) for $6. They also have anise tea (bags).

I took the sweets home... later unrolled the flatbread with Halawa, heated it on a cast iron, then re-rolled it (for Tea)--Delicious!

CHs have been raving about Taïm for some time now; Manousheh is a new place that is already doing quite well; they serve Halal.

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