Anthony Rose the king of Dupont Street, and along with his partner Rob Wilder, they have just added to their restaurant empire. With thriving restaurants like Rose and Sons, Fat Pasha and the Big Crow, their latest venture is Fet Zun at 252 Dupont Street West. This was the former home of Bar Begonia but has been transformed into a fun, bright and buzz-worthy spot with a Middle Eastern inspired menu. Fet Zun is Yiddish for “fat son”, and you could easily become fat eating all the delicious goodies they have to offer. A mash-up of Israeli, Turkish, Palestinian, Moroccan and Lebanese food.
Open only two months when I wrote this article, I thoroughly enjoyed this bustling new spot. Yes, it is cramped and some of the tables are too small. Yes, there is no menu, you have to turn your heads to look at the chalkboard selections at the back of the room. But our waiter was helpful in pointing out all the standout dishes, of which there were many. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner, you will find shareable mezes plates, veggie plates and platters of meat and fish. Make sure to order some warm, homemade, fluffy pitas. We enjoyed the whipped feta and honey, the smokey babaganoush, and the massabha, which is similar to hummus but instead of chickpeas, it is made with Lima beans. I also suggest a homemade flatbread with either sesame or za’atar. The chicken schwarma is an impressive version, with perfectly cooked chicken, three dips and peppers and pickles. The sabich plate consists of an open face flatbread topped with french fries, beets, fried eggplant, chopped salad and eggs. The calamari was cooked perfectly and is served with sweet peppers and deep fried lemon slices. The combination worked really well. Our waiter suggested a garlic aioli dip to go with it. Our one disappointment was the shrimp, which were overly salted, but they graciously took them away. The charred broccoli is also a winner. I definitely want to go back and work my way through the menu.
To drink I had, a mango Julius, made with soft serve vanilla ice cream, mango juice, lavender and pomegranate syrup, with a pistachio rimmed glass, and was sinfully delicious.
There were a few offerings for dessert, and we tried the Edible Son sundae. Made with vanilla soft serve, salted caramel, pistachios, sesame seeds and halva floss.
For me, this is Anthony Rose’s best restaurant yet, and one of the city’s top Middle Eastern establishments.
They also offer take-out and delivery through Uber Eats.