STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Founded on their mother’s Middle Eastern-inspired recipes, associates of the Deib family members — Palestinians who immigrated to the United States from the West Bank — have crafted their cafe model about dwelling-cooked meals they grew up taking in for lunch and meal.
“My mom (Jehad Deib) was a fantastic cook dinner. And we use all her recipes in our restaurants. All of our recipes are designed from scratch,” said Malek Deib, of Taheni Mediterranean Grill, which is the most recent addition to the Staten Island Mall’s Foods District in New Springville.
“My mother and I do a great deal of the prep operate at the rear of the scenes,” he claimed, noting that in addition to his mom and father, Deib Deib, his 8 siblings are involved in the business.
The household-owned restaurant, which now has four spots in the Tristate region, is found among Chik-fil-A and Taco Bell in the Mall’s Foodstuff District. Deib pointed out that personnel at all 4 locations phone his mother “Mama.”
The family’s 1st locale opened in Brooklyn in 2017. And when the loved ones experienced to briefly shutter a Manhattan area owing to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, this is the 2nd location to open up amid the national well being crisis.
Deib said he’s proud that every thing served at Taheni Mediterranean Grill is handmade.
“The major thing customers genuinely enjoy from us is the falafel, which is our have family members recipe. And our dips are incredibly popular,” he said.
”We also have our personal butchery. We thoroughly clean up all our individual meats, and we pre-part them. Our pita bread is also designed onsite,” Deib additional.
1 distinctive dish at the cafe is a plate of Deib’s zaatar fries.
“We ended up the 1st to introduce this special product to the Mediterranean cuisine. The oregano utilised to build the zaatar spice mix is developed and harvested by us just about every yr. The olive oil mixed in the mix is imported from our relatives farm in the West Lender. We are planning to package that olive oil and offer it to our buyers in the near long term. We pride ourselves on the authenticity of our flavors and components,” stated Deib.
In addition to Malek and his mom and dad, other Deib spouse and children members included in the cafe are Lutfi, Hidaya, Anas, Hamza, Ahmad, Aya, Omar and Ibrahim.