Restaurant

Meir Adoni - Blue Sky, Catit, Mizlala

Meir Adoni is one of Tel Aviv's leading chefs, at the forefront of haute cuisine in Israel. He was raised with a Moroccan upbringing, and fuses his Moroccan grandmother's inspirations with Modern Jewish cooking to play with old and new recipes. "As a chef, the first thing I bring to the table is tradition. I respect the original flavors and ingredients. Only then do I add my crazy interpretation, launching the dish off to new and uncharted territory."

Nur - $$$
34 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003
212.505.3420

Nur, is Meir's New York restaurant that received two stars from the New York Times. He describes it as Middle Eastern, not Israeli. It's WONDERFUL!
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Catit - $$$ – CLOSED
Nahalat Binyamin St 57, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
+972 3-510-7001
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Unique and exciting high-culinary art cuisine from Meir Adoni, served as Degustation menu.

Blue Sky - $$$ kosher
15th floor of Carlton Tel Aviv Hotel - 10 Eliezer Peri st.,
+972 3-520-1830
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Meir Adoni’s inventive and surprising all-Kosher restaurant with a spectacular rooftop view on top of the Carlton hotel in Tel Aviv.

Mizlala - $$ – CLOSED
57 Nahlat Binyamin St. Tel Aviv
+972 03-566-5505
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Meir Adoni’s “backyard” where he plays with a “worldly range of flavors, as well as preserving the traditional home cooking of the Israeli kitchen.” 

Machneyuda Restaurant - Assaf Granit

Beit Yaakov 10 st., Jerusalem, (053) 809-4897

Now a famous TV chef in Israel, Assaf Granit started as part owner of this innovative restaurant that blends traditions into a unique dining experience. It's one of the most happening restaurants in the country, and you can't help but be caught up in the energy of the place. Part market restaurant, part high-cuisine, part nightclub - both the atmosphere and the food at Machneyuda capture the lively personality of Israel. Located in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, or “The Shuk."

Haim Cohen - Yaffo Tel Aviv

Website | 98 Yigal Alon St. Electra Tower, Tel Aviv |+972 03-624-9249

Haim Cohen was one of the pioneers in the gourmet restaurant scene in Tel-Aviv years ago. Now, his new restaurant "Yaffo TLV" connects the roots of Israeli cooking with the cooking of his Ashkenazi grandmother.  A restaurant born from culinary conflict between eastern and western flavors, Yaffo is a culinary love letter to the distinct flavors of the Jewish experience. The menu changes each day to reflect the fresh ingredients the restaurant sources.  

"Delightfully delicious food from someone who truly knows what he’s doing"

Israel Aharoni - Hiro Ramen Bar

Find facebook page here | Inside Sarona Market, 3 Kalman Magen St. Tel Aviv
+972 3-000-0000 | Sarona Market Page 

Israel Aharoni is a celebrity chef in Israel who is famous for his Asian cuisine. A leading voice in the Israeli culinary scene, he is most famous for introducing Chinese food to Tel Aviv with his restaurant "Yin Yang." He recently opened Hiro, a free-style ramen soup bar, in Sarona Market. 

Oved’s Sabich

TripAdvisor Page | 7 Sirkin Street, Giv'atayim, Israel (Near Tel Aviv)

A famous sabich stand in Israel. Maybe the most famous sabich stand in Israel. Israelis argue about who serves the best sabich, but they all agree that Oved serves an excellent one. If you like the heat, make sure to get yours spicy. For the uninitiated, a sabich is pita stuffed with fried eggplant, potatoes, hard-boiled egg, hummus, tahini, and whichever veggies and spices you’d like. In one bite you'll get a taste of dozens of different cuisines. Inexpensive, too.

HaBasta - Market Restaurant

Carmel Market, Hashomer 4, Tel Aviv | (03) 516-9234 | Read Reviews

This tiny restaurant and wine bar serves food straight from the surrounding Carmel Market, focusing on fresh vegetables and seafood. Small and very popular, so be sure to make reservations. Chef Maoz Alonim focuses on serving dishes that highlight their basic ingredients - simple, fresh and delicious.

Café Levinsky - Soda Gazoz

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Website | Levinsky 41, Tel Aviv Israel | 0584488480

It's a tiny little stall that you could walk right by - but make sure not to. Here a man named Benny Briga serves fresh made sodas and seltzer waters. Benny used to be a mixologist and a bartender before taking his passion for crafting delicious beverages into the world of gourmet sodas. Benny makes soda in the style of the old soda fountains - but with a new Israeli understanding of global ingredients and flavors.

Julie’s Egyptian Restaurant

Malan Street 42, Tel Aviv, Israel | 03-5169334

Julie's is located in Carmel Market, just a few blocks from the center of the market and just above the Yemenite Quarter. There's no reservations, she serves only lunch, and she closes when she runs out of food for the day. Her Egyptian specialties however are worth it. Every day Julie can be found making her rounds in the market, shopping for fresh vegetables and creating the unique menu for the day. Her Egyptian specialties include artichokes, and Molokheyya, a green plant chopped and cooked with garlic and coriander sauce often served as a soup. You'll want to give Julie a big hug once you meet her, and you'll find that the perfect addition to her food is a dash of her wisdom.

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Rama’s Kitchen - Rama Ben-Zvi

Website | Nataf, Israel (outside of Jerusalem) | 02-5700954 – CLOSED temporarily after fire
(20 mins from Jerusalem, 1/2 hr from Tel Aviv)

“Rama’s Kitchen” is a unique restaurant in the Judean Hills that is open to the public on weekends only. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants. The menu constitutes a confluence of contemporary western cooking techniques and traditional Arab and Mediterranean cuisine that is characterized by simplicity and earthiness.

Yakob and Michal - Magda

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Website | 02-533-5476, Ein Rafa, Israel. (20 mins from Jerusalem, 1/2 hr from Tel Aviv)

Only open on weekends, only serving the freshest ingredients, and refusing to offer anything but the most magical dining experiencing, Magda serves a fusion of Jewish and Arab cooking from a husband and wife team who share their dream of peace in the form of delicious cooking. The restaurant serves locally sourced, seasonal food which is famous for showcasing unique aspects of Levantine cooking.

Kachapuri

Information | 5 HaShikma St., corner of 6 HaEshkol St. in Mahane Yehuda Market

The general concept of hachapuri (hacha means cheese, and puri means dough) comes from Georgia, but it differs in taste and in style from region to region. This bakery offers a classic hachapuri, an acharuli--filled with cheese and topped with a fried egg--and a magaruli--yeast dough with a layer of cheese on top, crisped in the oven.

The proprietor, Tango, noticed that Israelis had embraced Turkish burekas and decided to enrich the city’s culinary offerings with the amazing taste of Georgian burekas. Hachapuria makes these pastries fresh, without margarine, just like Tango’s mom has been making them for years.

 

Chakra Restaurant

Website | Email | 972-2-6252733+,  King George 41 St. Jerusalem

Time was, Jerusalem wasn't seen as a foodie town. Times have changed. People from across the Middle East come to experience Chakra, an eclectic and hip restaurant in Jerusalem, with a menu that changes every few months and a party-like atmosphere. Always serving the latest in Israeli cuisine. Chef Ilan Garousi serves food that is considered to be among the best in Jerusalem. Reservations recommended.

Moran and Eli Mizrachi - Café Mizrachi

Website | 6 HaShazif St., Mahane Yehuda Marketplace, Jerusalem, Israel

The “original” market restaurant in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda market, Cafe Mizrachi has been serving fresh, locally sourced lunch and coffee to the market crowd since 2002. Father and daughter manage the cafe together, with the goal of keeping the restaurant interesting and seasonal.