Like last year and the year before it, Chef Einat Admony is hosting a second night Seder dinner at Balaboosta. This year's meal is a collaboration with Chef David Tanis (New York Times columnist and chef of Chez Panisse) and Pastry Chef Keren Weiner (of Il Buco); we got a peek in the kitchen to see a couple of the dishes they'll be serving.
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As usual I experienced so much serious deliciousness this year, so when Max asked me to come up with a list of my favorite must-eats, I found it excruciatingly difficult to limit myself to the usual ten, so I didn't.
Einat Admony makes the city's best falafel at Taim and some of its best Israeli food at Balaboosta. So where does she go to buy ingredients like hummus, eat out with her kosher parents, and take care of that knafeh craving? Take a look to find out.
Chef Einat Admony of Balaboosta is both a creative, passionate chef and a nurturer by nature who wants family and customers alike to eat often and well. Her dishes tease with familiarity—hummus, pizza, olives, burrata cheese—but then take off in wild and unexpected directions in both flavor and presentation. As Admony speaks about food, you can tell she really loves eating it.
I don't often eat a tuna sandwich, but when I do, I do it away from my co-workers. These days, that's usually at Balaboosta, which may just have my favorite rendition of the sandwich ever, and no, it's not exactly office-friendly.
We visited Balaboosta's Einat Admony to learn how to make gondi, a Persian chicken and chickpea dumpling, which she'll be serving at a special Passover Seder. The dish is an unforgettably delicious and totally comforting alternative to Ashkenazi matzo ball soup.
Here are five restaurants offering Passover Seder meals that still have availability as of Sunday evening, April 1st. But reservations aren't slowing down, so book your seating fast before it's too late.
One of the best parts about vegetables is how their natural sweetness comes out when they're cooked well; and no vegetable does this as brilliantly as squash. I can't think of anything I'd rather eat in the middle of winter than a heaping bowl of perfectly roasted butternut, enlivened by nothing more than olive oil and salt. But chefs around New York get more creative than that, of course, featuring squash in everything from curries to crostini to queso fundido. Here are eight squash dishes we love from around the city. What are your favorites?
At Serious Eats, we're all about food. And even when we're not reading or writing about it, we're perhaps thinking, idealizing, and dreaming about it. But we're also cognizant of the millions of New Yorkers who don't have ready access to food, which is why we're down with City Harvest, an organization that for over 25 years, has helped to feed the New York City's hungry. And in order to fund this massive effort (they estimate they'll rescue 30 million lbs of food this year), they've partnered with some of the city's best restaurants to throw their annual Bid Against Hunger gala, which was held yesterday evening at the Metropolitan Pavilion.
Also great on their lunch menu: the Goat Cheese Panino ($12), which comes with a well-dressed arugula salad. A really good split ciabatta with a nice crisp crust and tender crumb with just enough chew gets stuffed with goat cheese, sweet roasted red peppers, grilled planks of zucchini, and kalamata olives with a tasteful smear of pesto (I can't stand an over-pestoed sandwich).
At Balaboosta, the Grilled Merguez Sandwich ($13) is served at lunch and weekend brunch. It's a hefty sandwich with three cigar rolls of merguez, spicy and housemade—juicy, meaty sausages tucked between arugula and tomato slices.
[Photo: Nikki Goldstein] Cabbage may be stealing the spotlight that brussel sprouts claimed last year—the unlikely vegetable darling du jour. And I don't need much convincing to order it, especially when it comes to dishes like Balaboosta's crispy cabbage...
There's more than a bit of tongue-in-cheek in the naming of Balaboosta, the new Nolita Middle Eastern restaurant from Einat Admony. The term translates to "the perfect housewife," Admony has been quoted as saying. But I've yet to see the "housewife"—at least, one without a formal culinary background—who can turn out dishes of Balaboosta's sophistication.