We used to enjoy Cafe Istanbul in Tempe, but haven't been for years. Now planning a fun night for a group of 8 Chowhounds. Thought middle eastern might be fun.
(I'd have preferred Thai, but Lotus of Siam is too far away, and I'm too spoiled to tolerate the pedestrian Thai of Phoenix. Blech.)
Other suggestions welcome as well (though Cafe Labiella is a bit too weird for this crowd and a decent liquor license is a requirement.)