UPPER EAST SIDE — A new hookah lounge and Mediterranean restaurant serving lamb kebabs, hummus and baba ghanoush, has moved into the neighborhood.
Amoun, at 406 E. 73rd St., prides itself on serving authentic Mediterranean cuisine, but also opens into a hookah bar in the back. A belly dancer is set to perform every Saturday, according to a spokesman for the restaurant.
"It's sort of a hybrid restaurant and lounge," said the restaurant's manager Ral Martin. "It's upscale but with a casual neighborhood touch."
The menu is still fluctuating, but so far includes dishes like lamb kebab ($23), seafood paella ($32) and Martin's person favorite Fattoush Salad, made with cucumber, radish, green pepper, onion and mint with lemon and olive oil dressing, he said, adding that the food is "made with love."
The owners want to see what customers like before setting anything in stone, Martin said.
"We take our time to make it the quality it's supposed to be," he added.
Martin also hopes the hookah bar will be a draw for a younger crowd looking to have coffee and work on their laptops while smoking hookah.
The eatery officially opened on Sept. 26. It's open from noon to 4 a.m. every day.