A publication of the Archaeological Institute of America
Bread and beer were the staples of the Egyptian diet, but breaking bread Egyptian style is not necessarily very appetizing. Egyptian meal was grounded on millstones causing grit to be mixed in with the flour. That's on top of the desert sand that might blow into the bread on its own accord. Not surprisingly, sand-filled feasts are bad for the teeth, but here are a few sand-free ways to dine like Ramesses the Great or Queen Cleopatra in NYC.
Cleopatra's Needle Restaurant
2485 Broadway & 92 St.
Subway: 1,2,3 to 86th St.
This Upper West Side jazz restaurant is named after the famous obelisk in Central Park. Cleopatra's features Mediterranean cuisine and live jazz with a name fit for a queen (and an obelisk!)
47 Hicks St., Brooklyn Heights
Subway: 2,3 to Clark St.; A,C to High St.
Named for the famous boy-king, Tutt's serves up yummy Middle Eastern cuisine with a modern taste under the guise of an ancient name, and there's no charge for the extra "T."
157 Lafayette St., SOHO
Subway: 6,J,M,Z to Canal
Moomia Lounge interior (Courtesy of Moomia Lounge)
This bar may be the coolest (or strangest) fusion yet: modern Japanese cuisine with an ancient Egypt interior design complete with winged goddesses and pharaoh's heads. According to its website, Moomia's "vibe...resembles mystic ancient Egypt." You won't be eating like an ancient Egyptian here, you'll certainly be dining "moomie-free."
Horus Cafe and Kebab House
93 Ave. B, East Village
Subway: 6 to Astor Pl.
With hieroglyphics and Egyptian deities adorning the interior of this Middle Eastern/Mediterranean restaurant, a drink and food combo both named after the falcon-headed Egyptian god Horus, and a giant wadjet (the protective eye of Horus) on side of the restaurant, it's easy to pretend you are dining in Horus's temple on the banks of the Nile, even if it's just on the banks of Avenue B.
Wind down like an Egyptian
After viewing ancient (or ancient inspired) sites in a relatively modern city, you might be thirsty. For those 21 and over, you might, like the ancient Egyptians, drink a lot of beer. In Egypt today, Stella and Sakkara are the two most popular beers (both have been owned by Heineken since 2002). But know, as the Egyptians mainly drank beer, if you are drinking beer, you're drinking like an Egyptian, whether it's "Egyptian" beer or not.