The goods: Mina’s Mediterraneo is a new Greek-Middle Eastern spot on the Upper East Side.
Ambience: Housed in a former church, Mina’s steel and concrete dining room is outfitted with wooden communal tables, 1950s posters from Egypt, Syria and Lebanon and eight-foot windows
The grub: Traditional Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Prices are reasonable: Small plates are $4-$8, larger plates $10-$14 and mains top out at $16. Egyptian owner Yasmine Kotb’s mother, Sonia, helms the kitchen, using family recipes.
Pair fresh pita with baba ganoush, tzatziki and besara (fava beans, dill and parsley). Other starters include spanakopita, stuffed cabbage, roasted brussels sprouts and falafel sliders. Mains range from pizza with lamb sausage and Egyptian cured meat to Greek lasagna with meat ragout and fish tagine spiced with harissa.
Desserts include baklava and a dark chocolate tart with crushed almond crust.
Verdict: Rustic Mediterranean home cooking in a sophisticated, neo-industrial spot.