Naya Mezze & Grill

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in everything, gluten free grubbing | 0 comments

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Finding ideal restaurant space in NYC can be tricky. It’s either too small, in a bad neighborhood or an awkward layout – to name a few.

However, find the right architectural group to design the space and you can turn a barren spot into anything. Need proof, check out the below interior shot of Naya Mezze & Grill, designed by Michel Abboud from the SOMA Group.

 

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According to Abboud, “At just 3 metres wide and 35 metres in length, it was the worst possible space for a restaurant”. But that didn’t stop him though. He succeeded in making the space attractive and unique.

OK enough about the decor, what’s up with the food? Lebanese & Middle Eastern cuisine in general happens to be one of my favorites. Midtown East has a ton of different spots, but Naya definitely stands out amongst the crowd (and not just because of it’s interior design).

 

While I probably could have easily ordered over half the menu gluten-free, I shared the below:

(GF) Hommos Bi Lahme: Topped w/ Minced Sirloin Beef & Pine Nuts

(GF) Hommos Bi Lahme: Topped w/ Minced Sirloin Beef & Pine Nuts

Something about ground beef and hummus sounded amazing…and it weirdly was.

 

(GF) Falafel: Ground Chick Peas Served w/ Vegetables & Tahini

(GF) Falafel: Ground Chick Peas Served w/ Vegetables & Tahini

I mean, who doesn’t love falafal?

 

(GF) Halloumo: Pan Seared Cheese w/ Tomato

(GF) Halloumi: Pan Seared Cheese w/ Tomato

The cheese was a little sharp for my liking but overall – fried cheese is not something you complain about.

 

(GF) Chicken Breast Cubes w/ garlic sauce, rice & vegetables

(GF) Chicken Breast Cubes w/ garlic sauce, rice & vegetables

I could eat grilled veggies/chicken everyday and be happy. This was perfect. Stay away from the rice if you are gluten-free (it has noodles in it).

Honestly, it is super easy to eat gluten free since most of the menu is grilled poultry or fish. Stay away from pita (obvious), phyllo dough, tabbouleh and ask about everything you are unsure of.

 

Dessert:

(GF) Mouhallabié: Lebanese Milk Pudding w/ Pistachios & Almonds

(GF) Mouhallabié: Lebanese Milk Pudding w/ Pistachios & Almonds

It was an interesting flavor. I prefer a good rice pudding (Rich to Riches anyone)?

 

 

Naya Mezze & Grill
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Rating: A-
Pros: Delicious Lebanese food in one of the most unique spaces in Midtown East.
Cons: Party of 8? Sucks for you.

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