A few weeks ago, Ariel and Susan Dutiger opened Mediterranean … and More — a casual storefront shop specializing in cuisine from the Middle East. It’s in the space that was formerly Quizno’s, behind the Starbucks in New City. Step inside the shop and you’ll know immediately that you’re not in Quizno’s anymore. For one thing, the swirl of aromas is decidedly Middle Eastern. For another, there’s the small carved camel on a shelf of books and keepsakes.
Behind the counter is Ariel — sometimes with Susan (who works at Temple Beth Sholom) or their daughter, Perryn, or their son, Jordan — smiling, welcoming and serving a steady line of hungry patrons.
Ariel Dutiger and his daughter, Perryn.
When a visitor points to a sign outside and announces he’d like to try “the best hummus in town,” Perryn flashes a smile and says: “It might be the only hummus in town.” Served with a thick, warm pita, the hummus is fresh, creamy and garlicky, with a spash of lemon to keep it bright.
The menu ranges from soups to salads to hot sandwiches and platters. Regional staples include babaganoush, tabouli and tahini. Sandwiches are served in pita and include falafel, chicken shwarma, chicken and beef shish kebabs. Platters include a sandwich and a choice of side dishes —?grilled vegetables, fries, sweet-potato fries or basmati rice. For sweets, a huge triangle of baklava is $2.95.
Details: Mediterranean … and More, 83 S. Main St., New City. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. Free local deliveries on all orders more than $15. 845-708-5864.
— Story and photo by Peter D. Kramer