Your meal at Fooq's begins as soon as you enter — the scent of saffron and cinnamon entice and welcome you. The menu is a mix: Italian and American favorites are featured, but go with the Persian dishes that celebrate owner David Foulquier's roots. Persian lamb shank is served with spicy harissa hummus to get you hot, and herbed yogurt is there to cool you down ($46 for two). Or opt for the soul-soothing khoresh of the day. This simmering Persian stew could be made with lamb, chicken, beans, or any combination. It's a universal comfort food made exotic with fragrant herbs. Vegetarians' best bite, however, is an entrée of tahdig — crisp Persian rice "jeweled" with dried fruits, served with seasonal vegetables and pomegranate molasses ($26). Whatever you do, save room for the Persian sundae ($12), made with saffron and rosewater gelato, topped with halvah, dates, and chocolate pearls. It's the Middle Eastern version of an all-American kitchen-sink ice-cream treat — but with elegance and a touch of the exotic.
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