Hours: Lunch, dinner: seven days
Open late: Friday & Saturday till 2, other nights till 11
Assyrian Iraqi restaurant in Budlong Woods.
At first glance this inviting, Christmas string-lit spot on the Budlong Woods stretch of Lincoln Avenue seems no different from the scores of hummus-and-kebab-slinging Middle Eastern joints around the city. But it belongs to the small and special subset of Assyrian Iraqi restaurants, offering a few dishes specific to the Fertile Crescent in addition to the usual mezes and grilled meats. Cases in point: the bulgur-and-minced-beef pancake kubba mosul and masgouf, a flame-grilled river fish (catfish, in this case) with crackly skin and moist, voluptuously fat flesh, dressed in onion-and-tomato saute and served with a heaping pile of rice. The menu here is practically identical to the one at owner George Koril's other restaurant, Albany Park's George Kabab Grill, and both restaurants maintain convenient hours for early bird and night owl.