Eating international fare locally eliminates the woes associated with transatlantic travel, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with today’s Groupon to Jerusalem’s Restaurant. Choose between the following options:
- For $17, you get a Middle Eastern meal for two (up to a $38.05 total value) that includes:
- One appetizer (up to a $7.05 value)
- Two entrees (up to a $15.50 value each)<p>
- For $32, you get a Middle Eastern meal for four (up to a $76.10 total value) that includes:
- Two appetizers (up to a $7.05 value each)
- Four entrees (up to a $15.50 value each)<p>
A scarlet-draped ceiling poises over Jerusalem’s Restaurant’s cozy dining room, setting the stage for group gorging on platters of traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. Appetizers arrive with a shareable portion of pita bread, kick-starting meals with simple plates of hummus or grape leaves bursting with seasoned rice and ground beef. Then, like a bride tripped on her way down the aisle, entrees sprawl on a bed of rice, including shish-kebab dinners skewered with tidbits of marinated lamb or chicken and veggies. Dining companions silence hungry stomachs with dinner plates, including the Jericho Dinner that blankets a tabbouleh salad with kofta and baba gannouj coverings topped with falafel throw pillows.
At 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, belly dancers swivel and shake around pillars bedecked with woven baskets and Middle Eastern ornaments, entertaining guests with hypnotic hip rotations that send subliminal messages to keep elbows off the table. Though Jerusalem’s Restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol, a BYOB policy lets patrons take their drink of choice out to dinner with no cork fee.
A rooftop dome marks Jerusalem’s Restaurant for all to easily see. Inside, a savory aroma of fried falafel and roasted meat wafts from the kitchen as chefs prepare platters of shawarma, hand-rolled grape leaves, and other Middle Eastern specialties. All dishes are prepared from scratch using recipes that have been passed down through generations. The small dining room is decorated in draped fabrics and tapestries; Metromix called it “utterly charming in a hodgepodge sort of way.” There’s also an outdoor patio where you can dine al fresco in the warmer months.