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4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
- Private Dining/Party Space
- Full Bar
This venue is closed.
Murray Hill may seem like an unlikely place for Little Lebanon, but Byblos, family-owned and -operated since 1990, manages to manifest some Mediterranean warmth and piquancy. Just past the dark, elegant bar, well-spaced, linen-draped tables are framed by wood paneling and ocher walls and discreetly lit by sconces and recessed fixtures. As you’d expect from a Lebanese restaurant, there’s equal emphasis on presentation and abundance for familiar dishes like lemony baba ghannouj, briny stuffed grape leaves, and hummus with mix-ins like spiced meat and pine nuts. Sandwich fanciers, take note: The “grilled cheese” consists of just that: delectable tangy squares of chewy goat’s-milk cheese, grilled. Among the kitchen’s well-spiced and marinated meats, fish, and poultry are national favorites like baked kibbeh (a mix of spiced ground lamb, bulgur, and pine nuts) and savory shish taouk (chicken marinated in a salty, sharp sauce then broiled on skewers). The rich, tender lamb’s breast, a house special, is stuffed with a mixture of seasoned rice and shredded lamb.Belly Dancing
Late nights Friday and Saturday feature live entertainment: See Website or call for times and details.
There’s a well-priced three-course lunch special and an equally reasonable “deluxe” dinner, which includes a generous assortment of appetizers, an entrée, and dessert.
Grilled cheese, $7.95; grilled kafta kebab, $21.95; stuffed lamb breast, $18.95
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