Mon-Fri, noon-3pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat, noon-10:30pm; Sun, noon-9:30pm
E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.
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Thankfully not, as you might surmise, a modish Canadian-water bar, Naya is a contemporary Lebanese restaurant, with a sleek design and traditional menu that owner Hady Kfoury hopes to replicate at future franchise locations. Kfoury, a front-of-the-house veteran of Daniel and Payard, operates three restaurants in Beirut. That’s also the birthplace of his chef, Rafic Nehme, whose menu includes a $17 lunch prix fixe option: three mini meze (from a selection of tabbouleh, hummus, baba ghannouj, and more), and a choice of a gourmet sandwich. Should you wish to expand your Middle Eastern–cuisine horizons, however, opt for broiled striped bass with spicy tahini, walnuts, garlic, and cilantro, or pomegranate-sauced halloumi cheese—two dishes you’re unlikely to encounter at your neighborhood falafel shack.