Mediterranean civilizations invented many lasting concepts, developing astronomy to explain the cosmos and democracy to equally divide lamb kebabs. Split a skewer with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of new-American and Mediterranean fusion fare at Sababa Restaurant and Lounge in Long Beach.
The famous food curator, Eric Greenspan, collects hearty new-American eats and sleek Mediterranean cuisine on Sababa’s multifaceted menu of innovative fusion fare. Starters such as the nachos ($8) give grazing groups something to chew on as they roll dice to determine the herd’s new alpha male, and main courses such as the tuna tar tar ($11) please palates with flavorful, unflamed protein punches. A grilled rib-eye steak ($25) caters to choosy incisors, and penne pasta ($14) provides a meatless meal for green-tongued plant predators. The chic, intimate interior with neon lights and plush seating encourages tranquil dinner dates, and an outdoor patio is available for diners who crave the restorative rays of the Earth’s only remaining sun.
Sababa Restaurant and Lounge
When Sagi Rochman was drawing up the plans for his new restaurant, he knew he wanted it to be cool. So he named it Sababa, which is Hebrew for "cool"—a designation the chic lounge has easily lived up to. The space brims with plush curtains, modern art, and sleek couches, where groups sit as they sip on craft beers or one of Sababa's award-winning specialty martinis. The spa martini is particularly refreshing, a blend of cucumbers and freshly muddled strawberries that cools patrons as they sit on the outdoor patio under the rays of the Earth's only remaining sun. "The" Margarita is also popular with guests, an unorthodox mixture of tequila, Grand Marnier, freshly pureed passion fruit, and pineapple juice, which one regular swears is the best margarita outside of Mexico.
The cocktail list gets some stiff competition from the food menu. To build up the gustatory roster, Rochman enlisted the talents of celebrity chef Eric Greenspan, a contestant on Food Network programs such as The Next Iron Chef. Inspired by Rochman's heritage, Greenspan constructed a fusion of Mediterranean and Israeli flavors, resulting in dishes such as goat-cheese pizzas and seared ahi tuna with harissa mashed potatoes. There are plenty of small plates as well, including grilled eggplant with tahini and chicken kabobs with an olive-date sauce. As if the inspired tapas and lauded cocktails weren't enough, the lounge regales diners with a slew of events held throughout the week, including wine flights on Tuesdays and dance parties with live DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.
6527 E Pacific Coast Hwy.
Long Beach, California 90803