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78 Solid

A sort of Alice-in-Arabian-Wonderland dedicated to Egyptian clay-pot cookery.

25-22 Steinway St., Queens, NY, 11103


Known For

The lowdown

An artist at heart, chef Moustafa El Sayed designed and built this sort of mosaic-tile Alice-in-Arabian-Wonderland dedicated to Egyptian clay-pot cookery, where teacups and frying pans protrude from walls, and tabletops double as canvases for El Sayed’s surrealistic visions of flowers, of eyes peering out from open palms, and of undulating waves of buttons. And El Sayed is as creative with food as he is with paint and tile. Try the meze plate, or the egga, a sort of Egyptian frittata, and then move on to El Sayed’s raison d’être, the all-encompassing clay pot, which might be filled with stewed rabbit, lamb tagine, or chicken and olives.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Insider Tips The chef is the real menu; talk with him about the day’s specials (and his artwork, some of which is on display from his teenage years).

Recommended DishesTasting menu; Sahara mix; glazed duck with Egyptian molasses; Egyptian style steak.

DrinksB.Y.O.B, Beer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized