Note: This article originally appeared as “Off the Broiler Economic Stimulus Dinner II”. With the recent review of this restaurant in the New York Times, we thought it would be appropriate to raise it to the foreground and update several photos.
939 Main Street, Paterson NJ
For our second in our series of Economic Stimulus events, we enlisted former Bergen Record restaurant writer and fellow food blogger Victor Sasson to arrange a lunch for us at one of South Paterson’s best Syrian restaurants, Aleppo, after which we went shopping at some of the local bakeries and markets.
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A group of stalwart foodies gathered at Aleppo Restaurant on early Saturday afternoon to eat (mass quantities!) of AMAZING Middle Eastern cuisine.
A seemingly never-ending table of Syrian delights awaited us.
A raw-style Kibbe, made with lamb and beef. Similar to a steak tartare. We also had the torpedo-shaped fried kibbe seasoned with pomegranate syrup and pine nuts.
A very tasty and spicy lentil soup.
Stuffed Grape Leaves
Syrian-style Felafels. Some of the best I’ve ever had.
Arayes, thin pita bread wedges stuffed with meat.
This was one of two varieties of Sambusak that we had, which were stuffed with spiced meat and cheese. The red dip that you see in these photos is Muhammara, a spicy blend of Syrian Aleppo pepper and walnuts and other spices.
Muhammara close-up (photo: Eric Eisenbud)
Hummus (center) with Kibbe, Sambusak and Tabbouleh.
Shish Barak. These are fantastic Syrian meat-stuffed dumplings in a yogurt and meat sauce, similar to Afghan Mantou.
These are special minced lamb kebabs (ordered off-menu in advance by Victor) in a cherry juice sauce. Simply outstanding.
Syrian Style Chicken and Rice
Stuffed Eggplants and Stuffed Squash, which had a spiced rice meat mixture in them.
Another view of the table of overflowing food. Suffice to say we had so much food that a LOT of stuff was brought home. Everyone had enough for a (big) lunch for the next day.
Mixed Kebab platter of Chicken, Beef and Lamb with grilled vegetables.
Owner Mohamed with semolina cakes.
This is a honey semolina cake, which went great with the cardamom flavored strong Arabic coffee and tea.
See you next time!