Try Housemade Pasta and Levantine Dishes at This Restaurant in East Williamsburg

In the heart of East Williamsburg, Huda emerges as a vibrant ode to Levantine culture and cuisine. Owner and visionary Gehad Hadidi, drawing from his Syrian-American heritage and childhood memories of his grandmother’s kitchen, brings forth a concept that celebrates tradition with a modern twist.

Hadidi’s journey from urban planning to hospitality culminates in this venture. Having spent summers in Syria and owning and operating the renowned French bistro La Bonne Soupe in midtown, Hadidi’s diverse background infuses Huda with authenticity and passion.

The dining room is warm and convivial, feeling reminiscent of what we imagine is an extension of Hadidi’s own grandmother’s. Designed by Post Company––the creative firm behind some of our favorite boutique hotels––the space exudes a familial coziness and tangible, timeless charm. Green velvet cushions line wood banquettes amidst cream-colored brick walls. Linen curtains frame expansive windows, and the centerpiece is an 11-seat marble bar adorned with amber-toned wood. Plus, there is a 28-seat private dining room in the back, which offers a more intimate setting for celebratory gatherings.

The menu is a symphony of flavors inspired by Levantine traditions, showcasing the meticulous craft and premium exports synonymous with the region. Begin with a selection of smaller plates, such as the tantalizing Cheap Dates, delicately spiced with cardamom, cinnamon, and paprika, alongside the refreshing Smashed Cucumbers adorned with smoked labneh and chamomile. Also be sure to share an order of Charred Eggplant, elevated with black garlic toum, tahini, and fragrant herbs.

For mains, savor the rich and robust Kibbe Naya, complemented by harissa and served with toasted markouk, or delight in the Grilled Calamari, served atop hummus and a tantalizing broken olive vinaigrette.

Do not miss the comforting housemade pastas, like Shish Barak, a Lebanese beef tortellini with yogurt and pine nuts, as well as the delectable Macaron Bil Toum, a Levantine-style gnudi with garlic sauce.

Conclude the epicurean journey on a sweet note with an order of dessert––the delicately poached Quince, or the decadent Ghrayabeh Tart infused with Yemeni-coffee chocolate ganache.

Complementing the culinary program is a thoughtful cocktail and wine list fusing classic mixology with regional influence. From Dou Dou Shots to the Pacha Highball each concoction pays homage to the vibrant spirit of Syria and the surrounding region.

The curated wine list, personally selected by Hadidi, spotlights artisanal and biodynamic wines from around the globe.

With its captivating ambiance, dynamic dishes, and intentional beverages, Huda promises an unforgettable gastronomic voyage for all who step through its doors. 

Top Takeaways

Location: East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Address: 312 Leonard St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Cuisine: Levantine

Price Point: $$

Takes Reservations: Yes–via Resy

The vibe: The space exudes a familial coziness and warmth; we imagine it is reminiscent of something the owner’s chic, loving grandmother would be proud to call her own dining room. 

Our favorite thing on the menu: Start with the Cheap Dates and the Charred Eggplant, and do not leave without trying an order of the Shish Barak.  

The attire: Smart Casual

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 5:00 pm – 12:00 am.

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