I had not been there, prior to this visit, for perhaps 15 years. I had happy memories of that visit, which we made with my wife's Lebanese cousin, who lived in NY at the time. The restaurant has moved to a more fashionable district and is larger, but it is still homey and the food is authentic Lebanese. They have belly dancing starting around 10 on Friday and Saturday, but we didn't stay for that. We got typical Lebanese dishes, like kibbe balls, kibbe naya, tabbouleh, baba ghanouj, etc., and drank quite a bit of Arak. (Ask for Messiah or Ksarak brand, rather than the house brand.) We stayed a long time and could have lingered longer. We met the owner and chatted with him; he actually remembered my wife's cousin, who was a regular all those years ago. Though there are other Lebanese restaurants we also go to in the city, Byblos will be one that we return to.
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