It’s opening weekend for Sami & Susu, a new Mediterranean restaurant located at 190 Orchard St. (between Stanton and East Houston streets).
The concept started as a pop-up last year. Now co-owners Amir Nathan and Jordan Anderson have their own permanent location for an all-day cafe (8 a.m. to 7 p.m.) and grocery featuring pantry items.
Nathan and Anderson met while working at Maison Premiere in Williamsburg. Nathan also did stints in the kitchens of Via Carota and Cafe Mogador, while Anderson was part of the team at Mas (farmhouse) and Olmstead. According to a press release, Sami & Susu is, “a nod to the first Arab-Israeli children’s TV show broadcasted in the 60s + 70s that was a symbol of unity and peace…” Nathan was born and raised in Israel.
In the mornings, the menu features items like rolled boureka with bacon, egg and cheese; and labneh and granola with olive oil and thyme. They’re serving La Calombe coffee. Later in the day, there’s a selection of sandwiches, salads and plates, including matzo ball soup, Turkish rice pilaf and lamb stuffed cabbage.
Items for takeout include a selection of house made spreads, meats (including lamb tongue and duck prosciutto), olive oils and spice blends.
For a complete menu and more details, check our Sami & Susu’s website.
Photos courtesy of Sami & Susu.