Pop quiz – where can you dig into tabouli, salmon avocado rolls, lemon oysters, foie gras pita sliders and hookah without leaving the table? Answer: SAWA Restaurant & Lounge in Merrick Park. Created by Rami Zahr (C’est Bon Café) and helmed at the kitchen by Jouvens Jean (Atrio, Solea), the intimate, seductive 2,500-square-foot space is outfitted with dark wood, white leather and billowing curtains. Sit inside or out to nosh on veggie, meat and fish tapas and entrees then head to the outdoor cabana for a blissful hookah session. Feeling frisky? Opt for the hookah on steroids, premium tobacco served in an alcohol laced pipe (think mojito instead of water).
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