I was excited to discover and taste the newly opened Yara Restaurant on 53rd Street! Here they serve authentic Lebanese cuisine that includes fresh ingredients and everything made in-house. Here at Yara, they are very passionate about the cuisine and take pride in making everything from scratch, using only the best ingredients, to ensure authentic flavors.

I had the pleasure of going in for an evening where I enjoyed a delicious Daou California Cabernet Sauvignon with a bunch of great menu options. I started off with the Beef Hummus topped with pine nuts, as well as the Lamb Pie. The hummus is incredibly creamy and when topped with the beef and pine nuts, it’s a must order! The service here is quick and friendly, and I really enjoyed Alex our server, who recommended some great things for us, since I couldn’t decide what I wanted.

What I love about this place is that if you wanted to come, have some craft cocktails or wine, and enjoy 4-6 small plates, you can easily do so. I decided I was a bit hungrier and wanted to enjoy some of the larger plates, and went for the Mixed Grill which has chicken, grilled filet mignon, and kefta skewers. Alongside the mixed grill, I also enjoyed the Lamb Chops, which are tender, and out of this world delicious! I think both options are great if you enjoy high quality grilled meats. The seasoning and char are great, and I think they did really well with the selections, portion size, and overall amazing taste. They also offer fish, vegetarian, and vegan options as well, for those seeking something a little lighter.

If you’re seeking craft Lebanese cuisine that will wow your palate, you have to check out Yara! This hot spot boasts stunning decor, excellent service, and amazing food that will not disappoint. Yara is great for cocktails, quick drinks, and light bites, date nights, groups, private gatherings, and so much more. Yara is located at 319 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022.