NAYA Mezze & Grill

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Cuisine: Lebanese-Mediterranean Location: 1057 2nd Avenue (between 55th and 56th Street) New York, NY 10022 212.319.7777; www.nayarestaurants.com Owner/Chef: Hady Kfoury Sous Chef: Mia Karam Design: Michel Abboud, SOMA Architects Hours of Service: Lunch: Monday – Friday, 12 PM – 3 PM Dinner: Monday – Saturday, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM Capacity: 54 seats Music: Compilation of Lounge and Chill Out Music Price Range: Salads & Mezze: $6 – 12 Entrees: $17 – 28 Dessert: $6 – 8 Specialty Drinks/Beers: $3 – 6 Wines/Champagnes: $8 – 12/glass; $30 – 110/bottle Specialties: Tabboulé Hommus Fried Kibbé Beef and Chicken Shawarma Kafta Kebab Gourmet Sandwiches – Lunch only Prix Fixe – Quick NAYA – Lunch only Credit Cards: American Express, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa Reservations: Yes Delivery/Take Out/Catering: Yes

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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com

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Review By Nancy Walman

As the culinary capital of the world, New York City prides itself on its international blend of cuisines and cultures. Name a style of cooking, and most likely you can find it in Manhattan. Now, adding to the city’s Mediterranean scene is a contemporary restaurant housing traditional Lebanese fare.

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Under the leadership of Owner/Chef Hady Kfoury (Daniel; Payard – NYC; Cocteau; White; Eight – Beirut, Lebanon), a 27 year old, experienced restaurateur and graduate from Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, NAYA Mezze & Grill sets out to be an intimate and welcoming Lebanese-Mediterranean restaurant. NAYA Mezze & Grill is a combination of old and new; pure tradition mixed with innovation. Building upon the original techniques and recipes of past generations of Lebanese women (NAYA translates to a commonly used woman’s name), NAYA Mezze & Grill offers the same, respected delicacies from mezze to salads to perfectly char-grilled and seasoned barbecue meats, creating a taste that is exclusively NAYA.

Managing the kitchen is Sous Chef Mia Karam, who starts guests off with a variety of traditional Lebanese Salads, such as Fattoush, Tabboul and Feta, with diced tomato, oregano zaatar and olive oil. Popular Vegetarian Mezze, including Hommus, Baba Ghannouj, Grape Leaves and Rekakat, a blend of three cheeses wrapped in phyllo and deep fried, are also excellent starters.

For meat lovers, NAYA Mezze & Grill serves savory Mezze, such as Makanek, fresh Lebanese sausage sautéed with olive oil and lemon; Kebbé NAYA, Lebanese-style steak tartar with bulgur, onion and mint; and Fried Kibbé, beef dumplings stuffed with minced beef, eggplant and cumin. Main courses which combine authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean flavors, include Beef and Chicken Shawarma – strips of marinated meat roasted on skewers and served with either tahini or garlic sauce; and Kafta Kebab, seasoned ground lamb with onion, parsley and mint. Seafood dishes, such as Samké Harra, broiled striped bass topped with spicy tahini sauce, walnuts and pine nuts; and delicious Sides, like Cabbage Salad, are also available.

For dessert, diners can indulge in sweets, such as Ashta, traditional Lebanese milk based cream-pudding with banana, topped with honey, almond and pistachio; and Baklava/Asabeh, phyllo with almonds. During lunch, almost all of NAYA Mezze & Grill’s traditional entrees are available as Gourmet Sandwiches. Prix Fixe options are also offered, such as Quick NAYA ($17) – choice of three mini mezze and choice of gourmet sandwich, plus coffee or tea.

Serving an original variety wine and beer, NAYA Mezze & Grill’s cellar consists of wonderful wines from the Mediterranean, South America, United States, and Bordeaux, as well as Lebanese labels, such as Massaya. Beer selections include Lebanese Almaza. NAYA Mezze & Grill also creates delicious drinks such as Ayran, a healthy, thirst quencher made from yogurt; and Jellab, Lebanese grape molasses. Located in Midtown East, NAYA Mezze & Grill’s sleek ambience is the work of Michel Abboud of SOMA Architects.

With seating for 54, the chic space appeals to all ages with its unique combination of conventional material and effects with innovative techniques. Every detail from the tableware to the accessories and decor has been custom made and designed to intrigue, fascinate and illustrate a modern approach to tradition. Crafted from quality materials which evoke the past, their design is imbued with a contemporary character, including walnut wood tables, back-lit metal panel walls perforated with white triangular Phoenician patterns, and glass partitions surrounding the semi-open kitchen, enabling diners to partially see what is going on “backstage.” Two- and four-top booths align the restaurant leading back to a semi-private dining room with two large “communal” tables that can be reserved for groups.

A customized sky light in the back brings in natural light to the space, making it feel more open and inviting. NAYA Mezze & Grill’s compilation of lounge and chill out music create a cool vibe and mellow experience, while enabling guests to carry on conversation and relax in an unpretentious setting. NAYA Mezze & Grill is open Monday to Friday for lunch, and Monday to Saturday for dinner. More NAYA Mezze & Grill locations are anticipated in the near future, creating a franchise of its traditional, yet contemporary Lebanese cuisine.

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HADY KFOURY Owner/Chef As a graduate from Ecole Hotelière de Lausanne in Switzerland, Hady Kfoury is passionate about hospitality. He is not only a young, experienced restaurateur at age 27, but he has worked in some of the best restaurants in New York City. Hady started as an Assistant Banquet Manager at Daniel, which has received four stars by The New York Times. He then became the Assistant Director of Operations at two-star, Payard Patisserie & Bistro. Following, Hady was a part of the opening team of Payard in Manhasset, Americana Mall in Long Island, and then, he returned to NYC to become a Night Manager at The Mark Mandarin Oriental Hotel. In addition to his Manhattan career, Hady is a Managing Partner of three popular restaurants/bars in Beirut, Lebanon: Cocteau, White and Eight. The first, Cocteau, has been the leading and highest ranked best upscale French restaurant in Beirut since it opened its doors in the summer of 2004. White, which launched in 2006, has been equally as successful as a trendy, famous restaurant/lounge with an open-air setting, and Eight is one of the hippest restaurant concepts with a French fusion cuisine served in a fashionable and elegant atmosphere. Hady’s vision for NAYA is to create a restaurant platform for traditional Lebanese food in a contemporary fashion, eventually franchising the concept to numerous locations. ###
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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com
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Sample Menus

LUNCH SALADS & SOUPS TABBOULÉ 8 PARSLEY, MINT, BULGUR, TOMATO, ONION, LEMON-OLIVE OIL FATTOUSH 9 MIXED GREEN SALAD, TOMATO, CUCUMBER, RADISH, GREEN PEPPER, TOASTED PITA, SUMAC, LEMON-VINEGAR-OLIVE OIL FETA 7 DICED TOMATO WITH FETA CHEESE TOPPED WITH OREGANO ZAATAR & OLIVE OIL LENTIL SOUP 7 SERVED WITH TOASTED PITA BREAD MEZZE VEGETARIAN HOMMUS 6 CHICK PEA PURÉE, LEBANESE TAHINI, LEMON & OLIVE OIL BABA GHANNOUJ 8 ROASTED EGGPLANT PURÉE, LEBANESE TAHINI, LEMON & OLIVE OIL FASSOULIA 7 ROMAN BEANS WITH LEMON, GARLIC & OLIVE OIL DUO OF EGGPLANT 8 STUFFED WITH PARSLEY, RICE, ONION, TOMATO, CHILI PEPPER & WALNUT FRIED EGGPLANT 7 SLICES OF EGGPLANT SERVED CHILLED WITH YOGHURT GRAPE LEAVES 8 STUFFED WITH PARSLEY, ONION, TOMATO & RICE FALAFEL 7 GROUND FAVA BEANS, CHICK PEAS, SERVED WITH VEGETABLES & TAHINI SAUCE LABNÉ 7 STRAINED YOGHURT, DRY MINT & OLIVE OIL LOUBIÉ 7 STRING BEANS SAUTÉED WITH TOMATO, GARLIC & OLIVE OIL MOUDARDARA 7 LENTILS, RICE & ONIONS
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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com
ENTREES BEEF SHAWARMA 22 STRIPS OF MARINATED BEEF ROASTED ON A SKEWER, SERVED WITH TAHINI SAUCE, SUMAC ONION-PARSLEY CHICKEN SHAWARMA 18 STRIPS OF MARINATED CHICKEN ROASTED ON A SKEWER, SERVED WITH GARLIC SAUCE & FRENCH FRIES BEEF KEBAB 23 CUBES OF MARINATED TENDERLOIN OF BEEF, SERVED WITH RICE & GRILLED VEGETABLES KAFTA KEBAB 20 SEASONED GROUND LAMB WITH ONION, PARSLEY & MINT, SERVED WITH RICE & GRILLED VEGETABLES CHICKEN SHISH TAOUK 19 BREAST OF CHICKEN CUBES MARINATED IN GARLIC & LEMON, SERVED WITH GARLIC SAUCE & FRENCH FRIES MIXED GRILL 28 COMBINATION OF CHICKEN SHISH TAOUK, BEEF KEBAB & KAFTA SAMKÉ HARRA 25 BROILED STRIPED BASS, TOPPED WITH SPICY TAHINI SAUCE, WALNUTS & PINE NUTS SAMKÉ MECHWIYÉ 23 BROILED STRIPED BASS WITH TARATOR SAUCE GOURMET SANDWICHES BEEF SHAWARMA 10 STRIPS OF MARINATED BEEF ROASTED ON A SKEWER, TOMATO, PICKLES, PARSLEY-ONION MIX & TAHINI SAUCE CHICKEN SHAWARMA 10 STRIPS OF MARINATED CHICKEN ROASTED ON A SKEWER, LETTUCE, FRENCH FRIES, PICKLES & GARLIC SAUCE BEEF KEBAB 11 CUBES OF MARINATED TENDERLOIN OF BEEF, PARSLEY-ONION MIX, HOMMUS & PICKLES KAFTA KEBAB 10 SEASONED GROUND LAMB KEBAB, PARSLEY-ONION MIX, HOMMUS & PICKLES CHICKEN SHISH TAOUK 10 MARINATED BREAST OF CHICKEN WITH GARLIC SAUCE & PICKLES FALAFEL 7 GROUND FAVA BEANS, CHICK PEAS, TOMATO, PARSLEY, PICKLED TURNIPS & TAHINI SAUCE
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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com
SIDES CABBAGE SALAD 5 SHREDDED CABBAGE, LEMON & OLIVE OIL YOGURT-CUCUMBER 5 DICED CUCUMBER WITH YOGURT AND MINT LEBANESE RICE 5 WITH VERMICELLI FRENCH FRIES 5 PRIX FIXE LUNCH QUICK NAYA 17 CHOICE OF 3 MINI MEZZE; CHOICE OF GOURMET SANDWICH; COFFEE OR TEA GOURMET NAYA 21 CHOICE OF 3 MINI MEZZE; CHOICE OF ENTRÉE (ADD $5 FOR FISH & BEEF KEBAB); COFFEE OR TEA
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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com
DINNER SALADS & SOUPS TABBOULÉ 8 PARSLEY, MINT, BULGUR, TOMATO, ONION, LEMON-OLIVE OIL FATTOUSH 9 MIXED GREEN SALAD, TOMATO, CUCUMBER, RADISH, GREEN PEPPER, TOASTED PITA, SUMAC, LEMON-VINEGAR-OLIVE OIL FETA 8 DICED TOMATO WITH FETA CHEESE TOPPED WITH OREGNAO ZAATAR & OLIVE OIL LENTIL SOUP 7 SERVED WITH TOASTED PITA BREAD MEZZE VEGETARIAN HOMMUS 6 CHICK PEA PURÉE, LEBANESE TAHINI, LEMON & OLIVE OIL BABA GHANNOUJ 8 ROASTED EGGPLANT PURÉE, LEBANESE TAHINI, LEMON & OLIVE OIL FASSOULIA 7 ROMAN BEANS WITH LEMON, GARLIC & OLIVE OIL HALLOUMI 9 PAN-SEARED HALLOUMI CHEESE, TOMATO, SERVED WITH POMEGRANATE SAUCE DUO EGGPLANT 8 STUFFED WITH PARSLEY, RICE, ONION, TOMATO, CHILI PEPPER & WALNUT FRIED EGGPLANT 7 SLICES OF EGGPLANT SERVED WITH YOHGURT REKAKAT 7 BLEND OF 3 CHEESES, WRAPPED IN PHYLLO, DEEP FRIED GRAPE LEAVES 8 STUFFED WITH PARSLEY, ONION, TOMATO, RICE FALAFEL 7 GROUND FAVA BEANS, CHICK PEAS, SERVED WITH VEGETABLES & TAHINI SAUCE LABNÉ 7 STRAINED YOGHURT, DRY MINT & OLIVE OIL
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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com
LOUBIÉ 7 STRING BEANS SAUTÉED WITH TOMATO, GARLIC & OLIVE OIL BATATA HARRA 7 SPICY SAUTÉED CUBES OF POTATOES WITH FRESH CORIANDER MOUDARDARA 7 LENTILS, RICE & ONION MEZZE MEAT & SHRIMP FRIED KIBBÉ 8 BEEF DUMPLINGS STUFFED WITH MINCED BEEF KIBBÉ TRIO 8 TRIO OF BEEF DUMPLINGS STUFFED WITH MINCED BEEF, EGGPLANT & CUMIN MAKANEK 10 FRESH LEBANESE SAUSAGE SAUTÉED WITH OLIVE OIL & LEMON SPICY SHRIMP 12 SAUTÉED SHRIMP WITH GARLIC & SPICY RED SAUCE KIBBÉ NAYA 12 LEBANESE-STYLE STEAK TARTAR WITH BULGUR, ONION AND MINT ENTREES BEEF SHAWARMA 22 STRIPS OF MARINATED BEEF ROASTED ON A SKEWER, SERVED WITH TAHINI SAUCE, SUMAC ONION-PARSLEY CHICKEN SHAWARMA 18 STRIPS OF MARINATED CHICKEN ROASTED ON A SKEWER, SERVED WITH GARLIC SAUCE, SPICY RED SAUCE & FRENCH FRIES BEEF KEBAB 23 CUBES OF MARINATED TENDERLOIN OF BEEF, SERVED WITH RICE & GRILLED VEGETABLES KAFTA KEBAB 20 SEASONED GROUND LAMB WITH ONION, PARSLEY & MINT, SERVED WITH RICE & GRILLED VEGETABLES CHICKEN SHISH TAOUK 19 BREAST OF CHICKEN CUBES MARINATED IN GARLIC & LEMON, SERVED WITH GARLIC SAUCE & FRENCH FRIES MIXED GRILL 28 COMBINATION OF CHICKEN SHISH TAOUK, BEEF KEBAB & KAFTA SAMKÉ HARRA 25 STRIPED BASS, TOPPED WITH SPICY TAHINI SAUCE, WALNUTS & PINE NUTS SAMKÉ MECHWIYÉ 23 BROILED STRIPED BASS, SERVED WITH TARATOR SAUCE
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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com
SIDES CABBAGE SALAD 5 SHREDDED CABBAGE, LEMON & OLIVE OIL YOGURT-CUCUMBER 5 DICED CUCUMBER WITH YOGURT & MINT LEBANESE RICE 5 WITH VERMICELLI FRENCH FRIES 5 DESSERT ASHTA 7 TRADITIONAL LEBANESE MILK BASED CREAM-PUDDING WITH BANANA TOPPED WITH HONEY, ALMOND & PISTACHIO ESSMALIA 8 LAYERS OF KATAIFI & ASHTA TOPPED WITH SWEET SYRUP MOUHALLABIÉ 7 LEBANESE MILK PUDDING TOPPED WITH ALMONDS & PISTACHIO BAKLAVA/ASEBEH LOZ 6 PHYLLO WITH ALMONDS KHECHEF DRY FRUIT SALAD 8 MACERATED APRICOTS & RAISINS IN SWEET SYRUP WITH ORANGE, APPLE, PEAR & NUTS
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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com
WINE LIST CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING WINE NV CHAMPALOU DOMAINE VOUVRAY PETILLANT BRUT GL. 12 BTL. 40 LAURENT PERRIER BRUT BTL. 110 WHITE WINE DE LOACH CHARDONNAY, CALIFORNIA 2007 GL. 8 BTL. 30 MASSAYA CLASSIC, LEBANON 2006 GL. 9 BTL. 36 KRIS PINOT GRIGIO, DELLE VENEZIE 2007 GL. 9 BTL. 36 CHATEAU GRAVILLE-LACOSTE, GRAVES 2007 BTL. 42 VERGET CHABLIS, TERROIR DE CHABLIS 2006 BTL. 68 RED WINE DE LOACH PINOT NOIR, CALIFORNIA 2007 GL. 9 BTL. 32 MASSAYA CLASSIC, LEBANON 2006 GL. 9 BTL. 36 COPPO BARBERA D’ASTI, CAMP DU ROUSS 2004 GL. 11 BTL. 46 SANTA RITA CABERNET SAUVIGNON, CHILE 2006 GL. 12 BTL. 48 SALENTEIN RESERVE MALBEC, ARGENTINA BTL. 45 CHATEAU COUTET, ST. EMILION GRAND CRU 2005 BTL. 75
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1057 2nd Avenue • New York, NY 10022 • 212.319.7777 • www.nayarestaurants.com
CHATEAU MUSAR ROUGE, LEBANON 1999 BTL. 92 CHATEAU FONBADET, PAUILLAC 2005 BLT. 110 BEER ALMAZA LEBANESE BEER 6 CORONA 6 HEINEKEN 6 AMSTEL LIGHT 6 STELLA ARTOIS 6 SPECIALTY DRINKS AYRAN 4 HEALTHY, THIRST QUENCHER MADE FROM YOGURT AYRAN MINT 4 HEALTHY, THIRST QUENCHER MADE FROM YOGURT & DRY MINT JELLAB 4 LEBANESE GRAPE MOLASSES ICE TEA 3 CLASSIC BLACK LEMONADE 4 HOME-MADE OLD FASHIONED LEMONADE WITH ORANGE BLOSSOM WATER COFFEE & TEA ESPRESSO/DECAF 3 CAPPUCCINO 4 LEBANESE COFFEE 3 TEA SELECTION 3
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