Tuesday, March 4, 2014

[Updated] On Avenue A, Table 12 is now Au Za’atar



To be honest, we don't know exactly when the changeover occurred here on Avenue A at East 12th Street … a few alert readers pointed this out to us just yesterday … (The first Yelp review is from Sunday.)

In any event, Table 12, the former 24-hour cafe/bistro that served sandwiches, wraps, egg dishes, etc., has been turned over to Au Za'atar. Here's the restaurant's description via Facebook:

Au Za'atar is a Middle Eastern restaurant with a French twist. Our menu offers everything from Lebanon's national dish (Kibbe Kras) to classical Parisian fare with influences spreading from the Arabian Peninsula to the Mediterranean Sea.

To complement this blend of flavors we serve an extensive selection of organic wines, by the glass, and delicious craft brew beer.

For brunch our free-trade organic coffee and espresso comes from a "craft" roaster straight out of Brooklyn.

Our intimate and beautiful interior was designed and built using only recycled materials.

The hours are 8 a.m. to midnight.

Anyway, all this explains why we spotted 50 pounds of Table 12 to-go menus in the middle of East 12th Street one recent day…




Updated 2:41

A rep for the restaurant said that the Au Za’atar menus have not been finalized, and asked for us to remove the menu that we posted.

In addition, the old menus were left in the street by the carting company after they broke the garbage bag. The restaurant apparently cleaned them up after seeing what happened.

30 comments:

Anonymous said...

A bit expensive for the area.

Anonymous said...

Did it change owners or just re-brand?

Anonymous said...

"Table 12 turkey burger" is on the menu... Same owners?

EV Grieve said...

Same owner!

NEW YORK IN THE 1990's PHOTO ARCHIVES said...

They should have a french pperson going over their menu...it's full of spelling mistakes and most of the the accents are wrong...:-)

Anonymous said...

A bit expensive for the area? Are the restaurants more affordable under your rock?

nygrump said...

I was actually thinking the pricing is relatively moderate for this playground of the 1%. Or is it a rumpus room. Or more like the old outhouse the kids would play around?

Anonymous said...

"Macaroni au Gratin"

LOL. Nothing says classic (er, "classical"?) French like good ol' mac n' cheese! Shine on you crazy diamants!

vzabuser said...

Cous-Cous sounds good

Anonymous said...

I am dying to know what "foul mudammes" are. Mudammes?" Mesdames? What?

Also--steak fritters. Eww.

Anonymous said...

Actually "foul mudammes" sounds like it might be a Travoltafication of something.

Giovanni said...

That menu is in Franglish, which is the French version of English, a common dialect you might hear in the cosmetics section in Barneys. For example:

Polly-Vous Franglish?

Moi? Oui, je taime Franglish. Je suis music.

Après moi, le deluge.

Bon. Ah revwah.

There, now you know Franglish. The Bistrofication of the East Village marches on. Vive La France!

Anonymous said...

I have been to this location 3 times in the past few months and the each time there was a completely different menu. I was hoping the place would stay with the "nice diner" vibe of 12 Tables but perhaps the location cannot sustain that kind of restaurant. The owner was nice and he asked me and my friend about the changes they were making but I could not help but think he should bring in a professional designer to work on the interior which is kind of all over the place.

Anonymous said...

They made a gradual turnover into this new concept over the last few weeks. They have been redesigning the interior, and they posted the new menu recently and now the big name change. I wish they had gotten some advice on the interior because it is awful. It would have also been nice if they had properly disposed of those old menus and hadn't been outside with power tools driving the neighbors crazy.

Anonymous said...

Ha! I love that 10:24 also commented on the interior design. Seriously, my neighbor and I have been checking out the work as it has progressed, and we were both like, "This is bad They need to hire an interior designer!" Cork & Fork next door isn't any better. It's better to spend the money on a pro and make something appealing.

EV Grieve said...

UGH... i accidentally deleted the previous comment about if the owners were responsible for the discarded menus on East 12th Street...

No! My *guess* is they were in trash bags... and either some vandals/mischief makers came by and tossed them... or the bags broke open during the trash collection...

Anonymous said...

The super for the building next door is always having to pick up after them.

Anonymous said...

8:48 AM Your hostility? Seriously? Thinking $14 is a little high for a burger doesn't place me under a rock.

The comments on this blog are a bit much sometimes. I always regret even saying anything.

Anonymous said...

This place and "Cork and Fork" got a serious suburban vibe to me, like those high stools for dining????

Anonymous said...

Man, I wish they had stuck with the original menu and done the food better. We need a good diner-style place in the neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

Food's expensive -- very expensive for "diner food" -- but the drinks are cheap. Another dive catering to the happy hour crowd?

Gojira said...

Ful (foul, fool) madammas is a spectacular Egyptian fava bean dish, often eaten in the Middle East for breakfast.

Glenn Belverio said...

A bit expensive for the area? Where do you live? 1988?

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize they had a liquor license. Did they have one when the place was Table 12?

Anonymous said...

If the menu was posted outside the restaurant, which it was, you have every right to post a copy of it here. If they make revisions, so be it.

Anonymous said...

Outside of the realm of lunch specials, these prices are reasonable for a good meal. This is assuming the new restaurant will serve a good meal.

Anonymous said...

7A was cheaper. And you can both fuck off.

Anonymous said...

I think they should serve pigs in a blanket and biscuits. Those are the "in" foods in the East Village these days.

Anonymous said...

Nothing has ever worked there since The Cock left in 2005. Those were the days - Boysroom , Phoenix, The Cock, Brownies, Starlight, Opaline.
Now what is there ?????????

Anonymous said...

Don't knock Cork n Fork because of the dumb name! Actually really good!