Like a gentle dragon or the earth itself, a falafel's rough exterior belies its inner warmth. Crunch through outer shells with this Groupon.
$10 for $20 Worth of Persian and Middle Eastern Cuisine
The menu includes appetizers such as falafel ($5.95) and borani of spinach ($5.95) yogurt dip with garlic and sautéed spinach, as well as entrees such as couscous with lamb ($13.95) and beef shish kababs ($12.95). Persian plates include kashkeh-e-bademjan–or sautéed eggplant topped with sautéed garlic, mint, and onion ($5.95) and kabab koubideh–strips of charbroiled ground beef, served with grilled tomato and Basmati rice topped with saffron ($12.95).
Moorish style plastered walls adorned with filigree Moroccan lanterns set the aesthetic tone at Shahrazad Restaurant, an East Side culinary institution since 1993. The decor is not the only Middle Eastern element of the restaurant, however—the restaurant earned a 2012 award for best Middle Eastern food from LocalEats.com. In the kitchens, cooks sprinkle slices of broiled lamb with crunchy nuts and sear swordfish marinated in house herbs and spices. There's also freshly blended hummus and crispy falafel. These staples can pair nicely with selections from the extensive wine list, which features a broad range of varietals. The staff pours sweet German riesling and an oaky cabernet sauvignon from Cyprus that's as bold as pursuing a degree in typewriter engineering.