Hunger, unlike ambulance sirens, meningitis, and restraining orders, is not something you can safely ignore. Answer the mighty call of a bellowing belly with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Lebanese cuisine at Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant, located in the historic Bishop’s House. This deal is only valid after 5 p.m.
Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant offers authentic tastes of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine in a setting that tactfully combines elegance and nonchalance. Place pocket Ouija indicators atop the menu, full of items crafted from local ingredients whenever possible, and gravitate toward the kibbi sineeyé, a crispy baked-bread pocket filled with ground lamb, beef, and parsley ($9). Diners can fill up on the warak enab, which covers naked ground beef and basmati rice with grape leaves and simmers the whole concoction in lemon, olive oil, garlic, and herbs ($8 appetizer, $15 entree). Veggie eaters can sample an entree of batinjan, a pile of baked eggplant, potatoes, and tomatoes with sautéed garlic, onions, and tomato sauce ($13), and carnivarians can find meaty meaning in dajaj, a grilled and marinated chicken fillet ($17).
A full-service bar whets the palate, with favorites such as the Lebanese margarita, Almaza beer, and authentic Spanish coffee—which is served either cold or piping hot. On Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant shakes with the mesmerizing wiggles of a belly dancer. Call to make a reservation, and enjoy a peaceful meal while surrounded by the restaurant’s stylishly exposed bricks, large art hangings, and copious amounts of breathable oxygen.
Al-Amir Lebanese Restaurant
Chandeliers glow softly within the historical Bishop’s House, throwing rays against the exposed brick walls that ensconce tables draped in white tablecloths. Servers march out with steaming dishes of authentic Lebanese cuisine, whisking succulent aromas of roasted lamb and grilled veggies through the air. Composed of locally grown ingredients whenever possible, the hearty helpings of marinated meats and fluffy basmati rice tantalize taste buds as diners bask in the glow of candles. Al-Amir's bartenders decant Lebanese beers and mix house-invented cocktails, lubricating mouths for cheering on traditional belly dancer Claudia as she undulates more gracefully than a greased-up slinky every Friday and Saturday night.