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Delicious Lebanese Middle Eastern Fare & A Popular Bar To Say Goodnight

  • Dessert
  • Drinks
  • Food

Begin the evening with an intimate Lebanese / Middle Eastern-style dinner in the heart of Alphabet City. Start your meal at Au Za’atar with one of the restaurant's many mezzes or dips, or go all out with a sampler to share. But don’t eat too much before you get your meal — you’ll want to be able to savor mains like kebab or baby lamb chops. Plus, you’ll have to save room for dessert: Baklava is a traditional favorite, but if you’re in the mood for something a little different, try the Lebanese rice pudding with almonds and orange blossom syrup. If you find find yourself overwhelmed by this place’s elaborate selection of Middle Eastern (and a few French) dishes, the restaurant offers a prix fixe menu option for $39.

When you’re sufficiently full and ready for a nightcap, make your way over to the aptly-named Good Night Sonny. The trendy bar features a speakeasy vibe and is home to an array of carefully crafted cocktails such as the Clover Cup, a gin drink with spiced raspberries and egg whites, or the romantic-sounding Lavender of Love, with vodka, lemon juice, basil, and sea salt. This place can get noisy when busy, so plan to show up later in the evening to avoid the chaos and ensure you and your partner can grab seats.

Au Za'atar

188 Avenue A, Manhattan

Good Night Sonny

134 1st Avenue, Manhattan

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