I needed a restaurant for a business meeting and chose one that I had not already reviewed. Za’atar serves Iranian and Iraqi cuisine. “OK,” I thought, “that could be interesting.”
Moreover, Za’atar is on North Country Club in mid-town, so it would be convenient for the two others I was to meet with.
I arrived at 11:30am as is my lunch habit. I prefer to dine before the lunch crowd. But the place was not what I expected. Whomever owns Za’ atar built it on the cheap. The shack in which it is housed is not nearly as nice as your typical taco truck. The interior is minimal in the extreme. Only a few small, plain tables. Diners have to stand in line to order … something I despise. So there is no such thing as service.
Given the Nightly News these past two decades, when I think of Iraq, I think of bombed out rubble. Za’ atar would not stand out in a war zone.
Handwritten on a chalk board was the word Gyros with a couple of options ($6). Also lintel soup and few other items, such as falafel: deep-fried vegetarian patties made of ground chickpeas served with lettuce, tomato, onion and tahini. One can order French fries and a small drink for an extra $2.50.
- Catt asked for the marinated chicken kabob plate with pita, hummus, and tzatziki sauce. $9.
- Brent ordered beef shawarma plate with hummus and garlic sauce. $10.
- I ordered the beef kabob plate with pita, hummus, and tzatziki sauce. $10.
We picked up our own napkins, plastic forks and knives. Here, dishwashing is kept to a minimum.Read More