Effy's Israeli Cafe has opened on the third floor of the 92Y, located at 1395 Lexington Ave.
SoomSoom, a New York-based Mediterranean chain, is opening a location on Second Avenue.
A Greek grilled cheese sandwich makes mouths water at neighborhood newcomer Tarator Falafel & Grill.
The Middle Eastern restaurant will serve falafel, hummus and sandwiches made on fresh-baked bread.
The "Middle Feast" contest Sunday will feature six of the city's best hummus-makers.
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