LEBANESE IMPORT HITS NEW YORK CITY

Wall Street Journal
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444860104577561244057557220.html
July 31 2012
NY

A popular Lebanese-Armenian restaurant has made its way to New York.

With locations in Beirut, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, Almayass recently
marked its territory in Gramercy.

"If you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere," co-owner
Alidz Alexandrian said. "It's something that's challenging for us
and exciting."

Upon entering, it's hard to miss the multicolored artisan glass pieces
hanging down on the wall. Ms. Alexandrian said they are designed by
her mother and imported from Lebanon.

Almayass, which seats 95 in its dining room and 30 in its lounge,
offers a tasty weekday lunch special for $22. Choose a starter, like
yogurt salad or moutabbal, a type of eggplant dip also known as baba
ghanouj. For the main dish, pick a type of kebab, such as chicken or
yogurt, both served with rice.

Outside the specials, try King's Delight ($15), sliced, marinated filet
mignon served with garlic, tomato and parsley, or Mantee Traditional
($15), oven-baked boat-shape ravioli filled with seasoned fresh Angus
ground meat and served with fresh garlic yogurt sauce.

-Emily Glazer

Almayass; 24 E. 21st St. between Broadway and Park Avenue; serves
lunch Monday through Saturday between noon and 3 p.m.; 212-473-3100.