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Pizza is probably your favorite food (top three, at least) and of all the dishes available at bright, airy Tanoreen, owner Rawia Bishara’s musakhan comes the closest.
A Palestinian classic, musakhan consists of roast chicken, onions, and pine nuts served over taboon, a type of flatbread. At this venerable Bay Ridge classic for Levantine cuisine, it comes out in the ideal size of a personal pizza, the taboon is crusty, well charred, and holds together well. Which is always important unless you love delicious chicken falling into your lap. Bishara pulls that surprisingly moist chicken into more manageably sized chunks and subs out the pine nuts. But she shows no restraint with the sumac, which gives it an I’m-not-waiting-for-this-to-cool fragrance and lends a distinctive tart, lemony flavor to the otherwise meaty, pizza-like dish.