You can think of Sabich as breakfast falafel: fried eggplant, egg, salad, and yogurt all stuffed into pita. That pita's a big part of what makes the sandwich, and at Nish Nush in Tribeca, it's made daily. It's light and springy, but strong enough to hold all the traditional components of a sabich.
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Look close under the green and white awning and you'll notice, in the window, brightly painted signs advertising dried fruits and nuts, homemade salads, and more. Welcome to Carmel, a tiny but wonderfully stocked Middle Eastern grocery in Forest Hills. The products are fresh, the staff is friendly, and the affordable prices can't be beat.
During the Passover seder we talk about four children who each ask a question of the adults at the table. The wise child, the only one we really celebrate, says to the family, "What are these laws and traditions you carry out?" In other words, "what does all this mean to you and me?" So the allegory goes, this is the child we entrust our traditions to. We trust him to keep them safe and practice them well.
Zizi Limona is what happens when the wise child opens a restaurant—or when three of them do. And though chef Nir Mesika and Hummus Place vets Yigal Ashkenazi and Sharon Hoota have succeeded in creating a neighborhood spot that's casual and affordable enough for weekly meals, they've also made something greater. Call it pan-Middle Eastern or the New Israeli Cuisine or whatever else you like, but heed this: if the deceptively simple stuff at Balaboosta gets you hungry, it's time to head over to Williamsburg for a taste of smart Middle Eastern cuisine like nothing else in New York.
St. Mark's Place might seem an odd location for a kosher Middle Eastern market, what with its sidewalk vendors hawking colorful socks, spiky jewelry and gothic ware. Then again, Holyland Market—with its Hamsa emblem, its oh-so-New-York history, and Haran, its super-friendly, super-knowledgeable Latin-music-playing employee—seems very much at home among its neighbors.
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.
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.
It's a hefty, satisfying vegetarian meal, full of warming spices.
While I'm not usually one to hop on the subway for brunch, I make an exception for Mimi's Hummus, on Cortelyou Road in Ditmas Park.
Bring cash and show up early for brunch at Miriam in Park Slope; the popular Israeli restaurant starts filling up soon after their 10:00am opening, and during the crowded service, they don't accept cards. But the food's good enough to justify these minor inconveniences.
Unlike many coffee chains, Israeli Aroma Espresso Bar is as much about the food as the java. In fact, most of the customers filling the red leather chairs at communal tables aren't drinking coffee at all, but nibbling on the tiny chocolate bar that comes free with each order.
[Photographs: Sara Markel-Gonzalez] More Intel The Best Falafel in Queens, Part I » All Queens Roundups » I couldn't stop the search at just five places for one of my favorite foods in my favorite borough. This second round-up...
Mimi's Hummus, in Brooklyn's Ditmas Park, isn't just a perfect neighborhood restaurant. It's one that makes you consider whether you, too, shouldn't be in that neighborhood. (The wine bar next door doesn't hurt, either.)
Editor's note: New York has thousands of restaurants, so why should a few big names get all the attention? In "Neighborhood Favorites," we'll check out some of the excellent eateries on corners near you. Have a Neighborhood Favorite? Shoot us...
In our series BYOB of the Week, Serious Eats writer Carey Jones stops by a different New York eatery each Thursday, her own bottle of booze in hand. Photo from gazalaplace.com Eating out in New York, I occasionally end up...
It's like the Israeli Kozy Shack. When most eaters think of Main Street in Queens, the first thing that comes to mind is the wealth of incredible Chinese food that’s available in Flushing. But if you travel Southeast along...