With its unmarked entrance halfway down one of Brooklyn’s more obscure streets, Glasserie’s perpetual buzz comes down entirely to the reputation of its food. Since opening in 2013, Sara Conklin’s Greenpoint restaurant has pulled in a constant stream of critical praise and a daily onslaught of visitors waiting to sample its famous Levantine-leaning cuisine.

“Good Middle Eastern food is so hard to find in New York,” Sara tells us, “I really don’t know why.” Growing up across the Middle East, with stints in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Abu Dhabi, Conklin absorbed the region’s cuisine before moving to New York and starting a career in event planning. With a handle on the ingredients needed to create atmosphere and generate interest, Sara finally opened the doors of Glasserie in 2013 and focused the menu on celebrating natural ingredients.

“Mainstream America is about consumerism,” Sara tells us, “with that comes this culture of mass produced, largely unhealthy food.” With Glasserie and its vibrant, contemporary menu, Conklin is slowly regenerating the popular view of Middle Eastern food in New York, one handful of fresh herbs at a time.

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