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Eater Inside: Naya Mezze & Grill



    Eater Inside:  Naya Mezze & Grill

    Krieger, 10/06/08

    The somewhat bizarre restaurant you see in front of you is Midtown East's newest Lebanese experiment Naya. Designed by the architecture group SOMA and owned by 27 year-old chef Hady Kfoury, the place soft opened last night and holds its first media preview tonight. The look here is definitely something else, almost a toned down and colorless Kurve with a large open kitchen veiled by a set of brown blinds. But we have to say it looks better than we thought it would, given the renderings. As for the food, Kfoury is a relative newcomer, so we'll have to wait on the early reports for a verdict. However, the pricepoint is welcome for those scaling back. Entrees hover in the high teens and they have a mini tasting for $28. More reading here and the full menu ahead.

    Salads & Soups
    Tabboulé 7
    Parsley, Bulgur Wheat, Tomato, Onion, Mint, Lemon, Olive Oil
    Fattoush 7
    Romaine, Parsley, Arugula, Mint, Tomato, Cucumber, Radish, Green Peppers,
    Toasted Pita, Sumac, Lemon-Vinegar-Olive Oil
    Feta 7
    Diced Tomato with Feta Cheese Topped with Zaatar & Olive Oil
    Lentil Soup 6
    Red Lentil Beans with Sautéed Onions & Seasoned with Cumin

    Mezze Vegetarian
    Hommus 6
    Chick Pea Purée, Lebanese Tahini, Lemon & Olive Oil
    Baba Ghannouj 7
    Roasted Eggplant Purée, Lebanese Tahini, Lemon & Olive Oil
    Fassoulia 6
    Red Beans with Lemon, Garlic & Olive Oil
    Halloumi 7
    Pan-Seared Halloumi Cheese Seasoned with Pomegranate Sauce, Tomato & Olives
    Eggplant-Squash 7
    Duo of Eggplant & Squash Stuffed with Parsley, Rice, Onion, Tomato, Red Pepper & Walnut
    Eggplant-Tomato 7
    Slices of Eggplant topped with Spicy Tomato & Olive Oil
    Rkakat 7
    Blend of 3 Cheeses, Wrapped in Phyllo, Deep Fried
    Grape Leaves 7
    Parsley, Onion, Tomato, Rice, Spices, Wrapped in Grape Leaves
    Falafel 6
    Ground Fava Beans, Chick Peas, Parsley, Onion, Coriander Served with Vegetables & Tahini Sauce
    Labné 6
    Strained Yoghurt, Dry Mint & Olive Oil
    Loubié 7
    French Beans sautéed with Tomato, Garlic & Olive Oil
    Batata Harra 6
    Spicy Sautéed Cubes of Potatoes with Fresh Coriander
    Moudardara 6
    Green Lentils, Rice & Red Onions

    Mezze Meat & Shrimp
    Kibbé Trio 8
    Trio of Beef Dumplings Stuffed with Minced Beef, Eggplant & Cumin
    Makanek 8
    Fresh Lebanese Sausage Sautéed with Olive Oil & Lemon
    Spicy Shrimp 8
    Sautéed Shrimp with Garlic & a Spicy Home-Made Red Sauce
    Lahm bi Ajin 7
    Baked Dough Topped with Beef, Tomato, Onion & Pine Kernels
    Kibbé Naya 10
    Lebanese-style Steak Tartar with Bulgur, Onion and Mint

    Entrées from the Grill are served with rice, sumac onions, parsley and grilled tomato
    Beef Shawarma 19
    Strips of Marinated Beef Roasted on a Skewer & Served with Tahini Sauce
    Chicken Shawarma 17
    Strips of Marinated Chicken Roasted on a Skewer & Served with Garlic Sauce
    Beef Kebab 19
    Cubes of Marinated Tenderloin of Beef
    Kafta Kebab 18
    Seasoned Ground Beef and Lamb with Onion, Parsley & Mint
    Chicken Shish Taouk 17
    Breast of Chicken Marinated in Garlic & Lemon
    Mixed Grill 27
    Combination of Chicken Shish Taouk, Beef Kebab & Kafta
    Samké Harra 22
    Marinated Fresh Striped Bass, Topped with Spicy Tahini, Walnuts, Garlic & Cilantro Sauce
    Samké Mechwiyé 22
    Grilled Fresh Striped Bass

    Side Dishes
    Cabbage Salad 4
    Shredded Cabbage Leaves, Lemon, Garlic & Olive Oil
    Yogurt-Cucumber 4
    Diced Cucumber with Homemade Yogurt, Mint & Garlic
    Kabis 4
    Combination of Pickled Turnips, Olives & Wild Cucumber
    Lebanese rice 4
    French Fries 4

    Prix Fixe
    NAYA’s Mini Tasting 28
    Choice of 3 Mini Mezze: Tabboulé, Lentil Soup, Hommus, Baba Ghannouj, Grape Leaves
    Labné, Loubié, Moudardara
    Choice of Entrée: Beef or Chicken Shawarma, Beef Kebab, Kafta Kebab or Chicken Shish Taouk

    Ashta 6
    Traditional Lebanese Sweet Cheese, Topped with Banana & Warm Syrup
    Essmalia 7
    Mouhallabié 5
    Lebanese Milk Pudding Flavored with Orange Blossom Water
    Khechef Dry Fruit Salad 8
    Macerated Dried Fruit Salad of Apricots, Raisins & Almonds

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