This Review of Kubeh Restaurant in NYC's Greenwich Village is from our recent visit with friends. While NYC has opened indoor dining to 100% capacity, we chose to dine outdoors, as did many others.
Location and Hours
Kubeh is located at 464 Avenue of the Americas in Greenwich Village, between 11th and 12th Streets. It serves dinner nightly from 5pm, closing at 10pm Sunday-Thursday and at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays. It also serves brunch daily 11:30-4pm, and offers a happy hour weekdays 11:30am-6pm.
Kubeh Menu and Food
As with most other NYC restaurants, the pandemic has prompted a shift to QR codes in lieu of paper menus:
We decided to order a variety of items, with an emphasis on vegetarian items given the vegetarian in our group, and share.
First to come out were the spreads; my personal favorite was the Muhammara, a heady blend of roasted red pepper, walnuts, pomegranate and spices, although the Labneh, a thick strained yogurt dip served with mint and za'atar, was also good.
Small plates were all wonderful, but the Seared Halloumi with honey and rosemary was a particular standout.
We also enjoyed Fried Kibbeh (with ground beef and pine nuts) and Roasted Eggplant with Tahini:
For our three main dishes, we ordered the vegetarian Hummus Cauliflower Salad (good but not amazing); Sabich Pita with eggplant, hummus, hard boiled egg, amba and salad. While simple, the Sabich Pita was every bit as satisfying as the chicken dish we ordered, the Chicken Shwarma Plate. The latter, while good, was perhaps the least interesting dish of those we ordered.
I wasn't expecting much from the short dessert menu, but all three items we tried were so good that I regretted not leaving more room.
Far and away my favorite was the Knafeh, with Kataifi (shredded phyllo), warm cheese, saffron syrup, and pistachios, served with a scoop of mascarpone. I'd come back to Kubeh for this dish alone.
Although we hadn't ordered it, we were brought a plate of warm Valrhona Chocolate Chip Cookies and Vanilla Ice Cream, which was the perfect comfort food dessert.
We also tried the Chocolate Date Bar, which was very good, but not quite in the same league as the other two.
Kubeh is an excellent choice for both omnivores and vegetarians, thanks to its plentiful vegetarian small plates, mezes and spreads, as well as vegetarian options for main dishes and namesake kubeh. Dishes are expertly spiced but not spicy hot. Highlights for us were the Seared Halloumi with rosemary and honey; Muhammara spread; Sabich Pita with eggplant, hummus, hard-boiled egg and amba; Knafeh dessert; and Cookies & Ice Cream.
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