Persian New Year at Zaré at Fly Trap
Where: Zaré at Fly Trap, 606 Folsom (at Second St.), 243-0580
When: Sun.-Tues., Mar. 20-22, 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $85; $35 for optional wine pairing
The rundown: Between St. Patty's Day and Purim, we hope you didn't forget that Persian New Year is right around the corner. That's right, Nowrouz (aka Norooz or Nowruz) coincides with the arrival of spring, and Zaré at Fly Trap is unrolling its annual upscale dinners to help you celebrate the arrival of year 2570. Owner/chef Hoss Zaré has prepared an elaborate multicourse menu to help you usher in the new light of the vernal equinox. Of course if you prefer to celebrate with "banging house music," then you have options, but Zaré has the subdued musical stylings of Farzad to help you digest a veritable Persian feast. You know where we'll be.
Menu highlights: Ash anar (pomegranate soup with french lentils and duck meatballs); mirza ghasami (stuffed zucchini with elephant garlic, tomato, and quail egg); abgusht (lamb with potato, garbanzo, tomato, and a roasted garlic-preserved lime broth); baklava with Persian cream, salt, rose preserves, and pistachios