Middle Eastern cuisine is having a moment…and I hope it continues.  The flavors are powerful.  There are more than a handful of new spots around NYC focused on vegetables and healthier food.   We had dinner at Nur the other night.  The buzz around it lives up to the hype.  The food is delicious.

We ordered everything to share just so we could taste a variety of different plates.  Kubaneh, a traditional yeast bread from the Middle East, that pulls apart in pieces.  Buttery and delicious.

The Jerusalem Sesame Bagel covered with Za’atar served with hummus on the side.  I could eat one of these, by myself, every day.

Horias.  Spicy flaovrful lamb kebabs filled in a pita with pine nuts, eggplant and a mango pickled condiment. Delicious.

Gefilte Shrimp.  I loved this.  Think gefiltefish but instead of white fish, shrimp.

Carpaccio of fire roasted eggplant with feta, raw pistachios, dates and a touch of rose water.  The presentation is beautiful and perfect with the breads.

Steak tartare.  Again, beautiful presentation.  A mixture of tartare, artichokes, yogurt and raw tahini.

One of the best Octopus dishes I have had in awhile.  Perfectly cooked octopus with a spicy glaze with cardamom yogurt and a roasted carrot salad.  The flavors are so intense that I kept just going back for more.

Grilled lamb tenderloin with a lentil ragout.

We were full so we opted out of dessert but they did bring around this nice cookie plate to complete the meal.  I love it here.  I can hardly wait to go back.

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Yum! So in and will invite Lianna’s family to try out as her mom is Israeli and we always have guests in town from Israel.

    1. Gotham Gal

      i am still thinking about it.

  2. AMT Editorial Staff

    So impressed with the steak tartare presentation! It’s a favorite & that one is certainly unique. Best I’ve had thus far is from Brian Malarkey’s Herb & Wood in San Diego. It was a “special” — so have not been able to enjoy since… We’ve often debated carpaccio vs. tartare. The more “foodie” types say, no contest — tartare superior. Agree?

    1. Gotham Gal

      depends on the day

  3. pointsnfigures

    Impressive. Agree on Middle East flavors. Done well it’s pretty cool. Done poorly, it’s the same old same old. Sorta like any other cuisine!