Like the pyramids themselves, Egyptian cuisine is robust, timeless, and impossible to create without the use of alien technology. Trap tasteful temptations in your tummy's tractor beam with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Middle Eastern and Egyptian fare and hookah use at On the Nile Café & Restaurant in Astoria.
On the Nile Café & Restaurant tantalizes tasters with a menu of fresh, affordable Egyptian and Middle Eastern cuisine, as well as an array of hookah flavors and healthy fruit juices. Quiet the distant rumbles of stormy stomachs with an appetizer of stuffed grape leaves ($4) or tahini-laced hummus ($3). Entrees include platters sporting items such as beef shawerma with onions and peppers ($9), marinated, charcoal-grilled chicken kebab ($8), and lamb gyro ($8), each served with rice and salad to keep them from getting lonely on the way to the table. Grilled egyptian sausage ($8) features a beef-based grind flavored with salt, vegetables, herbs, and a secret spice mixture extracted from the tight-lipped Sphinx only after an extended tickle attack. Most of the restaurant's meaty masterpieces come in sandwich form ($3–$7) for fans of portable protein, and mini pita pocket sandwiches ($3–$5.50) supplement the selection on a scale suitable for tiny-fingered feasters.
Conclude comestible journeys with a freshly squeezed fruit juice, which comes in a variety of vitamin-rich flavors, including mango, strawberry, and carrot ($4), or relax with a flavored hookah ($7). Just as Santa Claus does for disobedient children, On the Nile Café & Restaurant offers unlimited coal, ensuring ample inhalations of peach, mint, grape, or cantaloupe-infused hookah smoke.
- before grabbing a falafel, it would be wise to go over their appetizers, all of which are under five dollars – a surprising fact considering the quality of the dishes. The stuffed grape leaves are rolled to order in fresh grape leaves, Also, be sure to order the humus served with warm pita bread. Even better than that is Nile’s healthy and fresh fruit and vegetable juice. – Steve Mosco, The Queens Courier
- I've only had their falafel and fava bean sandwiches, their hummus and their salad, but each of these was delicious. Their prices are as attractive as their flavors – Flushinger, Chowhound