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You can smoke a hookah, buy a bidet, or eat some great Egyptian food at Pharoh (sic) Café, which is decorated with psychedelic paranoiac seals and a giant Day-Glo mural of the pyramids. Try the macaroni casserole called bashamel, and you may never go back to mac-and-cheese. Also find the usual selection of bread dips like baba and hummus, and a rudimentary collection of bare-bones green salads. More adventurous diners will head for miloukhia, a pond weed that produces a wonderfully slimy texture in soup, and comes accompanied by cubes of well stewed lamb. The ground-meat kebabs are particularly good, at this place which, in the usual style of hookah bars, is furnished with plush couches and coffee tables. Postprandially, enjoy a hookah filled with flavored tobacco from a list comprising a score of options. Chocolate or anise, anyone?
Usually, I try to focus on a restaurant's food rather than, say, the décor, service, or some other aspect of the dining experience. Occasionally, distractions make this nearly impossible. I'd passed the Pharoh (sic) Café in Ridgewood several... More »
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