Flat and Fabulous

Meet the manousheh

"I don't like things that are too complicated; it kind of scares me," says Ziyad Hermez.

Good thing then that he keeps things blissfully simple at Manousheh NYC, a wandering pop-up that specializes in Lebanese flatbreads of the same name.

The dough | Ziyad Hermez

Currently installed in a white-box of a space on Kenmare Street just off of the Bowery, Manousheh NYC is doling out oven-baked, paper-thin flatbreads that are sprinkled with za'atar before being rolled up like a Sunday newspaper ($5).

"Flour, water, yeast, sugar, salt and oil and add the toppings," Hermez quickly rattles off when we ask him to reveal the ingredient list.

Chopped mint, cucumbers, tomatoes, olives, jibneh (cheese) and thick swaths of labneh with a moat of olive oil are also available on the side, but are almost besides the point with bread as tasty as this.

The shop | Eat one and you'll be a manousheh lover too

The idea to test manousheh out on New Yorkers struck Hermez, a Lebanese who was born and raised in Kuwait, when he realized that he'd "been living here for 10 years and still hadn't been able to get a manousheh."

The shop is an ideal downtown snack stopover for a pick-me-up between say, wrangling groceries at Whole Foods Bowery and tracking down cheese and chocolate at the Essex Street Market.

To make your holiday provisions gathering all that much brighter, Manousheh NYC is open today from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Manousheh NYC will close on December 3 and reopen in January 2014.