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Feast on a $40 five-course Middle Eastern spread at Mile End Deli

By Rheanna O'Neil Bellomo
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Schwarma-spiced chicken thighs at Mile End DeliCourtesy of Mile End Deli

Mile End is known for its quick-serve operation of cold-cut classics, but chef Eli Sussman is adding a five-course dinner menu to the deli’s docket. Beginning tonight, the Nolita shop will offer a five-course menu of Middle Eastern eats served family style from 6–10pm every Tuesday through Saturday.

Dinner is $40 per person and includes a feast of starters like homemade pita with beets, pickled turnips and hummus, and seared cauliflower with honey-harissa tahini dressing. Mains include grilled lamb sausage with a date-and-carrot salad, and Schwarma-spiced chicken thighs with apricots and squash. Similar to a tasting menu, each course will include one option; however there'll also be vegetarian alternatives to meat dishes. Though booze comes at an additional cost, a curated list of pints from barman Chris Balla includes wallet-friendly craft beers like Founder’s All Day IPA ($6) and Evil Twin Nomader Weisse ($7), plus red, white and bubbly wines hovering at about $10 per glass. And if you feel like picking at small bites instead, the a la carte deli menu will also be on hand during dinner service. 

The menu is slated to change regularly, but here's a sample:

Fried chickpeas and zaatar
Homemade pita with hummus, matbucha and beet pickled turnips
Fried sweet potatoes with zhug, blistered cherry tomatoes, cilantro and sunflower seeds
Seared cauliflower with pickled fennel, oranges and honey-harissa tahini dressing
Grilled lamb merguez and grated carrot salad with cumin and dates
Schwarma-spiced chicken thighs with hearts of palm, apricots, roasted squash and preserved lemon

Seared cauliflower at Mile End DeliCourtesy of Mile End Deli

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