From Our Editors
Heralded by the New York Times for its "big flavors," El Sham Restaurant transports taste buds to Middle Eastern meze tables with an authentic menu of halal sandwiches and platters. Served with olive oil, labneh and hummus plates deftly prime palates for near-east feasts, as does the baba gannouj, an earthy medley of mashed eggplant. El Sham's handheld eats stuffed with falafel, kafta kebab, or lamb shawarma entice appetites with enough boldness to make the Earl of Sandwich's ascot flutter. Alternatively, diners can opt for one of the eatery's piping-hot platters, such as succulent chicken chops or moussaka, which pairs meat and fresh eggplant with rice and a zesty tomato sauce. Although not included with today's Groupon, diners can cap off taste-treks with crispy mamouls, which emerge from kitchens flanked by a ragtag retinue of dates or walnuts plucked from one of Mr. Peanut's cocktail parties ($2.95 each). Dulcet Mediterranean melodies tickle ears as guests relax amid the eatery's spare wood furnishings, bubbling fish tank, and Middle Eastern décor.