Whether you’re seated in the dark and pillow-strewn dining room or the high-ceilinged, garden-like front bar, this is a place where beautiful music could be made, especially if you score one of the booths along the wall. Romance will flourish as you feed each other bites of Halloumi Cheese ($9) topped with tomato and Quince jam, preserved lemon yogurt, and fresh oregano, or the light-as-air Curry Meatballs ($13) with spicy sun-dried tomato and harissa purée and cooling avocado hummus. But nothing is quite as sultry as the Roasted Lebanese-Style Lamb ($55) to share; shreds of tender meat fall off the bone and into the warm embrace of house-made roti bread, to be slathered with pistachio tzatziki and pickled vegetables. To finish, the Chocolate Halvah Torte ($11) is sure to satisfy. Resist the urge for a cigarette after.
By Julie Chernoff