I had dinner tonight with a friend at Miriam's the new restaurant on Fifth Avenue. It was one of the best meals I've had in a long time. The food is upscale Middle Eastern and everything, with a couple of minor glitches, was impeccably cooked. Here's the rundown:
Ceviche--fabulous. Made with grouper. It was topped with thin slices of beets, finely sliced pickled garlic and parsley.
Med salad--almost as good. chunks of super fresh cukes, ripe tomatoes, tender eggplant in a light, fresh dressing with really soft, pieces of feta.
A salad made with arugula, walnuts, slices of fried artichokes and mushrooms in a light dressing. Very good.
A seafood stew, in a deeply flavored yet light sauce. great.
Chicken Shwarma--too salty, but nice grilled taste.
For dessert we had wonderful figs stuffed with goat cheese in a rich fig
sauce that we loved, and a pudding made with rosewater and topped with a rosewater sauce and pistachio nuts. The pudding was pleasant but the sauce was too much like cough syrup.
Even the wine we had--a Pinot Grigio and Reisling--were bright and clean tasting.
I don't think there's anything over $20 on the menu, with most of the entrees in the $16 range.
I hope this place does well.