A New York state judge has been called on to referee an upper West Side food fight, a process that has required her to explore the similarities — if any — between Italian and “Mid-Eastern” restaurants.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich, in Hussein Environment v. Roxborough Apt. Corp., 114295/07, denied a preliminary injunction sought by a “Mediterranean”-style restaurant to prevent its landlord from renting additional space to a neighboring eatery for an “Italian and Greek Food Espresso Bar.”