The Pomegranate and Sherzade's Daniele Schrage and Ali Fashrashrafi bring Persian sophistication to one of the last ungentrified corners on the west side. An unusual menu, helpful service and massive portions lead to repeat visits. Forget dessert. The only thing you'll need after dinner is a nap!
Best: to start, Zeitoon Parvardeh, a vegetarian caviar-like spread thick with crushed walnuts, pomegranate paste and tangy green olives; mains like Dizi Sangi, a humongous stew of lamb shank and chickpeas served two ways, first as strained broth then mashed on toasted barberry bread along with creamy yogurt, scallion and pickled eggplant; Kolleh Pocheh, a curried soup strewn with sundry sheeps' heads, hooves and tongues finished with pickled garlic, raw red onion and fresh lemon; to drink, strong Turkish coffee.
Complete lunches/brunches for $20 per person, including tax, tip and a steaming glass of chai. No reservations. Licensed. Access: barrier-free, washrooms in basement.
Updated May 15, 2014