Category: Great local midtown place
Verdict: Excellent food, wonderful service, and you can even park!
Fava Mezze has been around for a few months and I finally stopped by on a whim. I'm glad I did. It's on Hemphill near 14th Street. The restaurant is very simple and intimate but it is backed up by a catering kitchen so the menu is very complete.
The service here was extremely gracious. When I came in, the owner explained the menu to me and suggested that he could put together a combination plate for me. Since I haven't had falafel in awhile, I decided to try that with a small Arabian salad. The result was delicious. The falafel was very crispy on the outside and tender on the inside with just enough dressing. The salad---tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, etc.---was very refreshing. Once again, the service was outstanding: the chef came out to ask me how I liked it; the food was served on an elegant piece of china.
The owner was nice enough to let me sample his baklava. It's dangerously good. The butter in the pastry came through very clearly, something that I've never experienced in baklava before. I'm not a baklava scholar but I think this is the best that I've ever had.