It’s halfway through the month of Ramadan– there are fifteen days left, which means we’ve powered (or grumbled) through the easiest part. At this point, you’re growing weary of mamma’s kafta. Maybe you simply cannot stomach another budget Iftar featuring CVS’ finest tuna and boxed spaghetti. You’re a little suspicious of that fasoulia that keeps appearing, untouched, at your masjid’s nightly Iftar. Perhaps you’re a non-Muslim in NoVA, running out of friends’ family Iftars to invite yourself to. No matter what your situation is, there are plenty of Iftar options in DC, from buffets to fundraisers to forums. Keep checking your fasting app (seriously), and keep yourself distracted until ready to dig in.
For those of you who are new to this, Iftar is the holy dinner with which Muslims break fast during Ramadan. C’mon guys; you have the same internet as we do, right?
Buffets and Special Menus
- Darna Restaurant and Lounge – Lebanese dinner buffet featuring Mansaf and Molokhia. $25.
- El Khartoum – Nightly buffet with changing menu items, North African fare featured.
- Fettoosh – Traditional Moroccan fare offered during Ramadan.
- Jerusalem Restaurant and Catering – Iftar buffet featuring a daily traditional soup, chicken, fish, beef, lamb, stuffed vegetables, mezze sides, and desserts.
- Lebanese Taverna – Break fast with dates and dried apricots, traditional soup and tea for $8. Halal entrees available.
- Marrakesh P Street – traditional Moroccan meal offered for Iftar
- Meze Restaurant– Iftar menu through August 8. Includes Iftar plate, soup, salad, main course (changes daily), dessert, Turkish tea and Turkish coffee. $30.
- Neyla Mediterranean Grill – Dates have been added to the menu for those breaking fasts.
- Ravi Kabob House – Pakistani fare and Zamzam water for Iftar.
- Zaaki Restaurant and Cafe – Iftar buffet featuring fresh barbecue and grilled items, entrees, traditional sides, and tea and coffee. $11.99.
Special Iftar Events
- Thursday 7/25 – Embassy of the Republic of Turkey/Turkish Community Culture Center With Special Guest, at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum. Donation suggested.
- Friday 7/26 – An Iftar Dinner for Children in Need, hosted by NAAP-DC and CAMP-DC at Artisphere, sponsored by Islamic Relief USA. Special appearance by Spoken Word Artist Omar Offendum. $30 online.
- Saturday 7/27 – Ya Arab: A Night to Unite – Fundraising Dinner for The Middle East, hosted by Islamic Relief USA at the Fairview Park Marriott. $30 online or $35 at the door.
- Wednesday 7/31 – Emerging Leaders Iftar Event hosted by/at the Arab American Institute. RSVP to Joan Hanna. Donation suggested.
- Wednesday 7/31 – CAIR National Iftar, hosted by/at the Council on American-Islamic Relations. RSVP in advance. Donation suggested.
- Thursday 8/1 – MAN Ramadan Forum IFTAR On Religious Toleration and Making Peace, hosted by the Moroccan American Network at Marrakech Restaurant. $20 online.
- Friday 8/2 – DC Mayor Gray Iftar, hosted by Mayor Vincent Gray at the John A. Wilson District Government Building. RSVP by 7/31. Donation suggested.
- Sunday 8/4 – Diamonds In the Rough: A Special Iftar & Appeal to Support Muslim Youth in the Inner City, hosted by the Tajdeed Institute at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum. Donations via paypal suggested (send to [email protected]).
- Tuesday 7/6 – AIHM and Qatar Embassy, at America’s Islamic Heritage Museum. Donation suggested.
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