Open late Fri.-Sat.
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Al-Amir Restaurant Review: The historic brick building housing Al-Amir was originally an archbishop's residence, and then it transitioned into a speakeasy and subsequently this longstanding downtown restaurant. Its convenient location and weekend late-night hours make it a good choice for dining post-theater or -concert. The menu features typical Lebanese dishes plus plenty of appealing lamb selections. Vegetarians might try the warak enab (grape leaves with tomatoes, rice and chickpeas) or the batinjan, a garlicky baked eggplant and potato dish. Meze plates, especially the hummus and baba ghanouj, are reliably good. Warm, fresh bread complements every meal. There are a number of interesting Lebanese wines, along with more expected varietals, and the full bar mixes a Lebanese margarita and serves up Lebanese Almaza beer and hot or iced Spanish coffees. On weekends, an accomplished belly dancer will cavort near your table, so don't forget to bring along a few extra dollar bills.