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79 Solid

Middle Eastern riffs serve surprises on a charming West Village street.

90 Bedford St., New York, NY, 10014


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The lowdown

Moustache’s crowded shop, with its tiny copper-topped tables, is a charming place to escape to for a festive assortment of the restaurant’s fresh, flavorful salads, dips, breads, and Middle Eastern “pitzas.” The garden salad with feta and sautéed chicken, leek-and-scallion Green Pitza, and outstanding baba ghannouj are simple crowd-pleasers. But step into the daring depths of the menu, like the leg-of-lamb sandwich with homemade lemon-mint mayo, or the heaping pot pielike ouzi, which is a meal in itself. Wash it all down with Lebanese or Turkish beer. And for dessert? Saffron rice pudding or muhalabia, a milk flan with rosewater and red berry reduction.

What you need to know

Recommended DishesBaba ghannouj; nivik; leg-of-lamb sandwich; ouzi; saffron rice pudding.

DrinksBeer and Wine

Noise LevelCivilized