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This restaurant is organizing refugee-hosted dinners in NYC

Written by
Emma Diab

The folks at Mazeish Grill are in the business of home cooking, no matter how far away home might be.

The cozy, under-the-radar gem, known in the Lower East Side for Middle Eastern staples like their crazy-perfect baklava (the family recipe is over 150 years old!), cumin-dusted fries and crisp falafel rounds, is in the spotlight for their event series, Displaced Dinners.

Twice a week, owner Nasser Jab invites recently resettled refugees to both host and help cook a dinner for a small group of New Yorkers, offering guests a menu from the hosts' homeland and a look into their lives as they share their story.

The supper club’s inaugural chef is a recently resettled Syrian man who made it into the United States just before President Trump issued a controversial executive order that barred the entry of refugees from the war-torn country. He was able to secure work and permanent housing thanks to a helpful guest of Displaced Dinners.

The upcoming event on May 30 will focus on food from the Palestinian diaspora in Latin-America; the menu reflects the blending of both cultures with dishes like kufta- and halloumi cheese-stuffed empanadas and Bedouin chicken barbacoa. The proceeds will go directly to UNRWA, feeding eight Palestinian refugee families throughout the month of Ramadaan.

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