I once met the Sussman brothers when they were operating a pop-up of Samesa at Berg’n. I didn’t try their food at the time, I was there to film an episode of Lost Vegetarian. I had heard they opened up a brick and mortar version (in the old Meat Hook Sandwich Shop space), but I didn’t get a chance to eat there until recently. It’s a Middle Eastern inspired place, but instead of falafel what they have at Samesa are zucchini fritters. Unfortunately the fritters were a little gummy inside, but the rest of the plate was outstanding. The platter comes with rice, beet salad, Israeli salad, and various pickles. It also comes with fresh pita and a variety of sauces — avocado hummus, a garlic-yogurt sauce, and a hot pepper sauce called zhug. All together it’s a great plate of food. I only wish the fritters had been better.
Samesa — 495 Lorimer St