1001 Nights Restaurant
35 Neptune Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Get the real “taste” of the Middle East by stopping by the 1001 Nights Restaurant which offers some of the best Middle Eastern cuisine in New York. Chicken kebab, falafel, hummus, chuchvara, grilled lamb and parmuda samsa are all offerings on the menu. The restaurant has become quite popular, earning rave reviews because of its great service, tasty food and relaxed ambiance. And who doesn’t like dinner and a show? Stop by on the weekend and you just might catch a belly dancing performance or have some hookah in true Uzbekistan fashion.
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1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128
Ready to try belly dancing for yourself? 92Y has introductory and open classes offered throughout the year on this exotic and fat-burning dance. Your instructor will show you how to move your body while also using traditional Middle Eastern and North African instruments such as the finger cymbals. 92Y believes that “women of all ages and body types can gain poise, grace, flexibility and stamina moving to exotic music.” Get those hips swaying with a class today.
Alwan for the Arts
16 Beaver St, 4th floor
New York, NY 10004
This cultural center is dedicated to all things Middle East, encouraging those from both Middle Eastern backgrounds and those throughout the general New York area to participate in events and learn more about the Muslim community. The mission of Alwan for the Arts is to engage “the New York arts scene by challenging its assumptions about the Middle East” and by offering a space where visitors can “create” and “investigate” the arts and culture of this area of the world. Musical performances, film screenings, lectures, Arabic classes and Arab music lessons are all part of the many activities offered here. For a full list of options, visit the website.
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University
70 Washington Square S
New York, NY 10012
Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies is a popular and growing program at universities throughout the city and the United States. Schools like Columbia, Barnard, Fordham and the CUNY Graduate Center all boast these programs. Perhaps the best known of these however, is New York University whose program dates back to the 19th century, close to when the university was founded. Courses are offered for both undergraduate and graduate students in Middle Eastern history, arts and culture, gender and sexuality, literature, religion and social science. The language program is one of the most encompassing and intensive in the country with courses in Arabic, Farsi, Turkish, Hindi and Urdu. If you want to learn about the Middle East, this is where you want to study.
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