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June 21, 2019

New NoMad Restaurant LamaLo Wows Guests with the “Daily Spread”

Via LamaLo

At LamaLo, the new Middle-Eastern style restaurant that opened this month in NoMad’s Arlo Hotel, every dish is remarkably flavorful. Even though it has only been open a few days, guests are destined to remember the menu in two parts: the “Daily Spread” and everything else.

That’s exactly how restaurateur Gadi Peleg wants it.

“I really wanted to go back to the roots of this cuisine and the reason that I first fell in love with it in my childhood in Israel,” Peleg told Grub Street recently. “You arrive and your table is immediately filled with mezes and bread, and the experience begins a minute after you sit down.”

That description is exactly how the “Daily Spread” works: Piping hot Jerusalem laffa bread is brought immediately to the table and surrounded by a gorgeous display of delectable mezes, or spreads. You’ll find traditional dips like tahini, labneh, pickled onions and baba ghanoush, along with more innovative tastes like the matbucha (made with tomatoes and red peppers), and scordalia (a dip made with garlic, potato and almonds). The chef rotates 25 different spreads so the experience will be different each time you come in. Served family-style at $25 per person, many guests treat the “Daily Spread” as a meal in and of itself.

LamaLo’s well-crafted cocktail list is designed for community participation, as well, at $75 dollars for enough booze to serve 4-5 adults.


Of course, there are other options, too (the “everything else” we spoke of). Dinner entrees include choices like short rib, grilled octopus, grilled chicken and Shabtai-style fish. Made-to-order laffa bread continues to come out throughout the meal, no matter what you choose. The lunch menu “Skewer Set” offers your choice of a skewer with a side and a meze for $19. Peleg has nicknamed this combo the “Israeli bento box,” which the website says will be available starting June 24. Since LamaLo doubles as an official food offering for the Arlo NoMad, a tasteful breakfast is available here, as well.

Designed more as a daily dining experience than an exploration of exotic tastes, LamaLo hopes to win its following with its own brand of Middle Eastern hospitality. Days after opening, it’s well on its way to doing just that.

11 East 31st Street
New York, NY 10016
(212) 660-2112

Breakfast: 7:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. daily
Dinner: 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. daily