Many of us look forward to weekend trips away from Long Island. And some of us find ourselves spending time at bed and breakfasts, taking scenic walks to browse the antique shops of the New Hope, PA/Lambertville, NJ area.
When I found myself visiting friends in Bucks County, I crossed the river and wandered into Lambertville’s Marhaba. Marhaba is Arabic for “welcome” and what a welcome I received!
I was treated to a tasting menu that I did not want to end. It was a parade of succulent meats and tangy dips, all fragrantly dusted with traditional seasonings. Their baba ghanoush is perfect when smothered over the scrumptious flat breads made to order by their in-house pita chef. Even though Marhaba’s delectable Middle Eastern dishes are a little on the spicy side, I could honestly taste all the key spices in them: dill, parsley, coriander, cinnamon, sumac, za’tar, sesame, garlic, olive oil and lemon.
Head chef and owner, Karim Elsharabasi crafts his take on his own mother’s recipes. This explains why, when walking in, you already feel you are at home. While Marhaba may feel cozy, it can easily stand among the best of Middle Eastern establishments found in Manhattan and on Long Island.
I recently sat down with restaurateur and co-owner, Tracey Branson, who discussed the passion behind what they do, “We emphasize that everything is made fresh with quality ingredients. The atmosphere is casual but the food is absolutely not. Nothing makes us happier than seeing a customer lean back with a satisfied smile. I like to think that we have something for everybody, herbivore to carnivore, and can be fun on any budget.”
If you happen to be in the New Hope, PA/Lambertville, NJ area, give them a try and you will be in for a most memorable meal.
Seats: 40, wheelchair accessible BYOB MasterCard, Visa, Diners Club and Discover are accepted. Belly dancing is featured on Friday evenings. Public parking lot next door Reservations are taken for parties of six or more.
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