Neighborhood: Flatiron
Address: 24 East 21st St.
Website: almayass.com

There is a time and a place for white tablecloths, or so the thinking behind Almayass must be. Originally based in Beirut, swank Almayass locations can now be found around the globe; 2012 is New York's time. Upscale takes on Middle Eastern comfort fare, the food is in conflict with the swagger of expensive table linens, but you're in Flatiron and must accept certain things. The hummus, served five different ways, impresses, as does the soujouk, a spiced salami.