Jen A & I visited a spot highlighted in Menupages.com's Cheap Eats download (go to their Facebook page, 'like' them, and you can download it yourself--and 'like' Stuff I Ate on FB while you're there, won't you???)--and when they said 'cheap,' they were. not. kidding.
Not only is the food crazily affordable (as in I almost question how they're able to stay open), but it is flat out fantastic.
It's a no-frills place. Walk up to the counter, place your order, and they'll bring it to you. Easy-peasy. Not fancy, but oh my word, wait for the fresh and fantastic flavors coming your way.
We started with one of their famed manakeesh (flat-bread pizza-type dishes). This one was half mozzarella cheese, half zataar (a Middle Eastern spice blend with thyme, sumac, and many other wonderful aromatics). This was outstanding--and three dollars. THREE. DOLLARS. For an 11-inch flatbread. Seriously.
Jen picked the tabbouleh, which I would normally pass on. I've had too many sharp, flat renditions of this dish that I have been burned out on it. This one, however, opened my eyes and my tastebuds. Bright, fresh parsley, ripe tomatoes, and a symphony of spices and flavors made this dish so good that I took the rest home.
Our total bill for this feast (including 2 bottled waters)? Twelve dollars. TOTAL. Why are we not there right now!??!
(Service is also fast and friendly--so leave a few dollars in the tip jar on your way out--I want this place to keep going!)
7701 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11209