About a year after opening Ayat Palestinian bistro in Bay Ridge, the married couple behind the highly-regarded restaurant is back at it, this time in Brooklyn Heights.
Ayat Masoud and Abdul Elenani’s photogenic new venture, which opened last month on Atlantic Avenue, is hard to miss, with a lovely exterior festooned with vibrant faux-flora and illuminated from within through huge picture windows. Its dining room is pretty, too, with two open kitchens, wide-plank hardwood floors and colorful murals and more blooms and greenery covering its brick-lined walls. Weekend evenings here are hopping with live music and large parties at long tables flanked by swaths of two and four-tops.
Albadawi’s menu is lengthy enough to please crowds with disparate palates. Apps include hummus ($7), baba ganoush ($7), falafel ($6) and malfouf ($11). Larger plates like the bamia (baby okra and beef in tomato stew), and the ouzi lamb, beef or chicken can be portioned for up to four for $22-$55 depending on size and selection. Branzino, red snapper and black sea bass with rice and lemon potatoes are available at market price, along with za’atar, pistachio or goat cheese flatbreads for $12-$18. It’s also BYOB, and the terrific wine store Heights Chateau is a few storefronts west.
Albadawi is located at 151 Atlantic Avenue and is open every day from 11am to 11pm.