The Citiblog

August 12, 2021, 7:00.24 pm ET


Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, Interior

Sami & Susu, the popular Mediterranean pop-up, now has a permanent home in the Lower East Side. Co-owners Amir Nathan and executive chef Jordan Anderson are offering an early morning café and all-day menus. Pantry items are also available – from olive oils and condiments to vinegars and spice blends – alongside prepackaged housemade spreads, meats and baked goods.

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, Chicken Soup

Guests can expect baked goods, sandwiches, salads and large plates. The Morning Cafe menu offers breakfast items like Rolled Boureka with bacon, egg and cheese, and Labneh & Granola with olive oil and thyme alongside coffee from La Calombe, tea and juice.

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, Shrimp Pita

The All Day menu features sandwiches like Shrimp Pita with harissa, chopped salad, tahini and half-sour pickle, Sabich Baguette with soft egg, eggplant, amba, tahini, pickled carrots and cilantro, and Cauliflower Pita with ras el hanout, tahini, zhug, fermented red and cabbage. There are salads, including Summer Corn Tabbouleh with herbs, crushed almonds, red onion, and Moroccan Carrots with harissa vinaigrette, labneh, pistachio and cilantro. Mom’s Chicken Soup [inspired by Jordan’s Mom’s recipe] features matzo ball, chicken thighs, carrots and dill while Lamb Stuffed Cabbage sits atop eggplant ragu.

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, Stuffed Cabbage

Sami & Susu’s pantry offers housemade spreads like Matbucha, Baba Ghanoush and Muhammara, meats like Lamb Tongue and Duck Prosciutto, prepared foods like Spicy Tuna Conserva and Butter Bean & Olive Salad, and hard to find staples.

Sami & Susu, LES, NYC, TeamPhotos: Briana Balducci

Born and raised in Israel, Amir Nathan has spent over a decade working in notable restaurants like James Beard award-winning Maison Premiere, Via Carota and Cafe Mogador. Jordan Anderson previously worked alongside acclaimed chefs like Galen Zamarra at Mas (farmhouse) and Greg Baxtrom at Olmsted, before meeting Amir at Maison Premiere. The name Sami & Susu is a nod to the first Arab-Israeli children’s TV show broadcasted in the 60s + 70s that was a symbol of peace and unity.

Sami & Susu is located at 190 Orchard St, New York, NY (646) 559-2856

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