Best Dishes Beet salad; bulgur wheat salad; chickpea salad; carrot salad; orzo with feta; hummus; labne; baba ghanoush; turkey meatballs; bastilla; eggplant ratatouille; chicken tagine; turkey/pickle sandwich; sandwich with fig jam, Brie, and pears.
Kid Friendly, Outdoor Seating, Good for Groups
Lebanese expat Reem Azoury’s subterranean Palisades cafe might not look like much from the outside, but the cheery, green-painted spot is a true find. There are loads of little salads—cool, vinegary beets ($5 for 8 ounces to $12 for 32 ounces), wonderfully tangy bulgur wheat with tomato ($4 to $10), and a simple orzo with feta ($6 to $15). Or you can put together a trio of dips ($12) from offerings like the excellent hummus, baba ghanoush, eggplant ratatouille, and the extra-thick yogurt called labneh.
More-substantial plates worthy of attention include chicken tagine with olives and preserved lemon ($6 to $15) and the signature sandwich ($8), spread with fig jam, Brie, slices of pear, and walnuts. While you wait, check out the quirky-cool collection of poetry paperbacks and cookbooks.