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Featured on the pages of Gourmet, Plate, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Village Voice, Time Out NY and more. Appearances on the Food Network"s 'Best Thing I Ever Ate', ABC News, NY1, PBS and more. Tanoreen varies in it's fusions, but never deviates from its roots; a harmonious blend of classical Middle Eastern home-style cooking. Typically, Middle Eastern cuisine is relegated to dishes of falafel or hummus, but Tanoreen goes above and beyond to take Middle Eastern cuisine to its most traditional and innovative forms.
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Middle Eastern, Mediterranean
Hours of Operation:
Tuesday - Friday: 12:00pm -10:30pm, Saturday: 10:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm
Corner 76th St. & 3rd Ave.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Free valet offered on Friday and Saturday evening starting at 5pm.
R Train to 77th Street
Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Tanoreen Ratings and Reviews
Every once in a while, we have to travel from Queens (the parking in the area is lousy) just to have this great Middle Eastern gem. They have an impressively extensive menu that should satisfy a range of tastes, from the cautious to extremely adventurous. Lots of choices for vegetarians as well. The quality of the food is really excellent and quite fresh-tasting. I've been to a lot of restaurants in New York City (where I have lived for over six decades) and I think this is one of the best mid-Eastern around.
We've eaten here many times before and infant we have the cook book. This was an especially good experience. It was Valentines Day and I was able to reserve a nice table, great food and exceptional waitperson. There's a reason we keep coming back again and again.
Dinner was, as always, fantastic. We always have the eggplant napoleon and the Brussels Sprouts. This time we did the sumac chicken on flatbread which is like a little pizza with slivered almonds over it. Sooo good. Dinner saw one person with the slow cooked lamb shank and another with the upside down lamb shank. These meals were huge. They both loved them. I had the stuffed vegetables: Baseball squash, baby eggplant and zucchini. One of each, stuffed with lamb and rice with a thin tomato sauce. Really good. We had the sweet baked Cheese dessert called Knafeh topped which crushed pistachio, drizzled with rosewater syrup, which we get every time we go. It is different here, that the crust is crispy and light whereas I have had ones that were more wet through with the syrup and solid. This resembles a bird's nest on top. Excellent! Love this place.
I went for the third time last Saturday and again, had such a pleasant and amazing experience! Service is always impeccable and the food always tastes as of it were made my GOD! The best part of the night was when the owner came by the table and greeted us-she is unbelievably intelligent and kind! Everytime I eat here she comes by and that means so much. Thank you Tanoreen for staying my favorite local restaurant in Bay Ridge :)
Tanoreen was wonderful! Chef Rawia even stopped by to say hello. For starters we had labneh, baba ghanoush and the incredible cauliflower with tahini drizzle and pomegranate seeds. For the main we shared the sayadiyyah, fish with seasoned rice and salad. Dessert was sahlab and an Arabic coffee and a tea with mint. Everything tasted exactly like Palestine. Miyye fil miyye! <3
I ordered the braised lamb shank and simply do not have the words to adequately describe how extraordinary the dish was. The meat was falling-off-the-bone tender, the gravy was rich and spicy, and the meal, coupled with a Palestinian red wine, was absolutely perfect for cold weather. I consider myself somewhat of a "foodie" and give this dish an A+. Thank you, Tanoreen!
I'll be brief: best ME restaurant I've been to in the country. Well worth the subway or car trip to Bay Ridge. This restaurant serves real middle eastern entrées, the way my mom and grandmother made them. It's a gem. The owner and her family are charming. So happy I made this discovery.
The sambosek appetizer was very good. The Oregon Pinot Noir was nice but a tad flat and unexciting. The entree of ground lamb, potatoes and tomato sauce was poor. The lamb was over done. The potatoes were mushy and the tomato sauce tasted as if they opened up a can and poured it over the food. It was overall tasteless. Very disappointing.
After glowing recommendations from numerous friends to go and eat at Tanoreen for the "city's best middle easter cuisine" we were sadly very disappointed. Most dishes were heavy on the lemon--so heavy that from the hummus and cauliflower steak, to the lentil stew we could not taste any nuances to the dish. While the cauliflower steak was interesting and different (as vegetarians it was exciting to try something we had never had) it was basically a c-section of a head of cauliflower smothered in tahini with way too much lemon. Plus the pita was very flat--more like a tortilla (very disappointing).We had taken my out-of-town parents there as a special occasion to finally try the restaurant but had regretted the choice. Service was fine, attentive, but in some ways felt inauthentic (no one seemed to originate from the Middle East). We had tried another restaurant nearby First Oasis and loved it: my kids loved the hummus and warm pita. I got an amazing veg special: a rice pilaf wrapped in a phyllo crown (I want to return just for that dish). Plus the owner and service staff were all from Egypt originally (I believe) so my son could practice his Arabic. They were tops. Maybe we came on a bad night, but we'll be skipping Tanoreen and going to First Oasis next time.
I have been here on many occasions and it never ever disappoints. The flavors are so different and so vibrant. The baked cauliflower appetizer special is incredible and memorable. I had the lamb oso buco on the last visit which was perfect. It is my go to restaurant
The appetizers were good although the tabbouleh was not served with lettuce leaves. When asked instead of the more traditional tender romaine lettuce they served iceberg lettuce. They appetizer where lacking. Too much rice and little meat (even on a lamb dish).
Worth the trip
if you're not lucky enough to live in Bay Ridge, Tanoreen is a bit of a journey. always worth it. delicious original food prepared with care by the chef owner, and most importantly flavors you dont taste any where else.
one of our longtime favorites!
The food was delicious,as always, and the variety and innovation evident in the recipes impressive. Chef Rawia Bishara works magic with cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. We drove a long way to get there and Chef Bishara was such a gracious a host that we all agreed we had to return soon.
Coming from a Middle Eastern family, the dishes that Chef Bishara serve invoke an instant sense of comfort and home. The combination of spices and flavors are perfectly balanced with both richness and simplicity. The service was attentive and warm. Every dish was wonderful, and Chef Bishara, who reminds me of my own extended family, visited each table to ensure her patrons were delightfully satiated. This has been my uncle's favorite restaurant for years, so meeting Chef Bishara felt like I was meeting a celebrity. I will return here often and each time will feel like I've come home for nourishment and care.
This place is absolutely fantastic. Think Jericho, Nablus, Beirut (without the French influence), Jerusalem. This has to be one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in the city! I might have put more garlic in the hummus but that might just be my spending too much time in Greek joints. Top to bottom superb.
I have dined here many times with my fiancé Linda and have never been disappointed for had a bad experience...we usually dine early as to avoid the crowds and last night had the hummus, a great salad I cannot pronounce, but in had lots of greens and a lamb shank with rice and spices that were to die for...our waiter has been there 10 years and knows his stuff...and the owner who wrote a cookbook linda owns always comes to our table to say hello....come and enjoy a terrific meal, but be warned......come hungry, very hungry.......
My husband is Syrian & he loved the food! We had beet humus, raw kibbee, baba ghanouj, mixed green salad, schwarma sliders, falafel to start. Everything was delicious. The falafel were the best I have ever had not greasy at all. The sliders were exceptional. We were with another couple & they loved it all. After all these appetizers we ordered baked kefta which was outstanding. For dessert we had the signature dessert which took time but so worth it! My husband ordered another dessert which is custard, rose water & pistachios and he raved about it! Our reservation was 6:15 & we didn't leave til almost 10. So nice to enjoy your meal & conversations without being rushed. The owner stopped by our table twice, so lovely! Will definitely be going back.
Tanoreen is a delight! I have a service industry background myself and I expect and am accustomed to pretty inattentive/hostile treatment by fellow waiststaff as a baseline. Like I get it. But Tanoreen! Tanoreen was a breath of fresh air in response, offering the kind of service and professionalism that was actually validating to partake in. I needed not pause my conversation while the wine refilled itself. Spice covered cutlery disappeared and was replaced by new. They wiped off the table! Food is interesting and great. Some things on the menu I had never seen before, portions are downright charitable. They have organic wine! Our bottle was said to have been fermented in a clay pot. How..interesting! It certainly wasn't bad and it went down like mountain water and was like anything I've ever had. Just shut up and get the small fatoosh salad with whatever you order. I ordered a Fetti dish of the specials menu that came with glorious garlick and coriander sauce that I could have drank. My partner and I left stuffed but with an energetic buzz that probably comes from eating the 2 cups of fresh herbs that speckled every dish. You'll leave with aromatic leftovers and you'll get treated better than you're probably used to.
We found the various dishes to be highly spiced and over-sauced to the point that your plate of food was unattractive. You eat food with all your senses therefore the food that is placed in front of you should have eye appeal as well as taste. Don't think we will be back.
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