Update on Zaytinya fifth birthday celebration. The $5 drinks include the Pom-Fili, a sangria-like drink with white wine, vodka, triple sec, and pomegranate juice; the Lemon Thyme, lemon ouzo with thyme-infused syrup; and versions of the cosmo, sea breeze, and lemon drop. The $5 mezze are the five bestsellers: hummus, havuc koftesi (carrot-apricot-pine-nut fritters), spanakopita, salmon with roasted-garlic yogurt, and Chicken Muhammarah (chicken marinated with a roasted-red-pepper-and-walnut sauce). From experience I really recommend the hummus and Chicken Muhammarah. The $5 desserts include Turkish Delight, a sundae of walnut ice cream with yogurt mousse, honey gelée, and phyllo and the Black Cherry Yogurt—Greek yogurt topped with black cherries and cherry sorbet. No word on whether those are the only dessert for $5.
If you haven't had a chance to go there, now is definitely the time. Just snag a chair at the bar with a friend to split a mezze or two and a quick drink. It would be delicious and cheap. The deal runs through the 29th.