Egypt was home to many wonders of the ancient world, from the Great Pyramid and Lighthouse of Alexandria to the Hanging Buffets of Cairo. Taste timeless greatness with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Egyptian cuisine at Al-Masri.
Chefs Sausan and Hatem send modern taste buds back in time with Al-Masri's menu of ancient Egyptian recipes. Diners dip the tamiya appetizer's ($6) fried fava-bean falafel into cool tahina sauce and root through the tomato, onions, and roasted almonds covering the taggen samak ($20) to reveal tender baked fish. Cilantro, onion, and garlic sauce use ovens as covers to help infiltrate the firakh fe alforn plate's ($18) free-range chicken, and the musa'ah dish ($16) avoids all meats in favor of layered eggplant with zucchini, tomato, bell pepper, and taro-root fries.
Every Thursday–Sunday, belly dancers swivel their hips during traditional raqs baladi performances to a spirited soundtrack of diners' handclaps and music. A collage of Egypt's 7,000-year history wraps around the restaurant's décor, inspired by the royal tomb of King Tut and complete with the teenage monarch's Cleopatra centerfold posters.
Inspired by King Tut's exquisite tomb, Al-Masri melds hand-painted Egyptian artwork and gilded decor with a menu of Egyptian cuisine that reaches back into the 7,000-year history of chefs Sausan and Hatem's homeland. Free-range poultry lays the foundation for dishes such as firakh fe alforn, served inside the main dining room alongside lamb and vegetarian fare, as well as in the Isis room, a 12-person private dining area. Thursday through Sunday, female dancers don traditional costumes to perform raqs baladi—belly dancing—atop a painted stage, channeling the traditional music in a display more emotive than a bag of mood rings left on the radiator.