Owners Abdul Elenani and Ayat Masoud opened their restaurant Ayat serving up hearty Palestinian dishes that are large enough to feed a family. Ayat, who grew up in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, always dreamed of introducing her community to the traditional Palestinian dishes she ate within her home. While Middle Eastern street food flavors – such as shawarma, kebabs, falafel, and hummus – are popular in their neighborhood, some of the more traditional Palestinian and regional recipes she loves are less well known.