The Middle East is the cradle of civilization, and also the place where tiny chickpeas are cradled and nursed into full-grown falafels. Explore the ancient origins of deliciousness with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Middle Eastern cuisine and drinks at Pyramida on the Upper East Side. The culinary captains at Pyramida lovingly prepare a bounty of delicious Middle Eastern fare. Inoculate a hungry body against a taste drought with an appetizer of falafel ($5.95 for six) or hummus ($5.95). Palates can experience a flavor flood from a delectable plate of meat or seafood, such as the lamb shish kebab ($18.95) or a duo of garlic-seasoned tahini crab cakes ($19.95), and meat-spurners can satiate vegetarian proclivities with spinach and chickpeas over rice ($12.95). Pyramida also concocts New York magazine's 2007 Best Lemonade ($4.50), as well as espresso ($3), guava nectar ($2.50), and alchemical immortality elixirs.
- The crowning touch is the house lemonade; made from both the zest and fruit of the lemon, it's whipped to a foamy, frothy consistency that explodes with pure citrus flavor. – Benjamin Kneen, New York
- Matt and Roger's commitment to freshness and quality are evident in everything they prepare. – Comestiblog
Goldenrod walls reflect into Pyramida's brightly lit deli case, which brims with cool trays of Mediterranean dishes. According to New York magazine, the shop's falafel and chicken shwarma "rival the finest in the city, thanks to an obsessive devotion to fresh, homemade ingredients." Within the eatery, fluffy pita pockets, colorful scoops of saffron rice, and sweet-potato fries soak up sauce, drawing sighs of relief from novelists finishing stories on napkins.