We love just about everything at this homey restaurant, but especially the small plates, sandwiches, falafel, and shakshuka.
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.
Egg, eggplant, and potato on a croissant? How could this possibly work? Well it does, and Zizi Limona in Williamsburg makes it magical.
Zizi Limona's menu hasn't changed much since it opened, but there are a couple new additions, such as this plate of Grilled Artichoke and Cauliflower ($8), which is joined by juicy late summer tomatoes and plenty of their excellent tangy yogurt and fresh homemade tahini.
Wildly popular Williamsburg restaurant St. Anselm gets legendary waits for a reason, but that doesn't help you when you come by for dinner and are quoted a two hour wait for your table. So where should you go instead? Here are some lower-key restaurant alternatives and bars to tide you over while you wait.
There's no shortage of great salads in New York. Here are 15 that are so good, so memorable, they've become menu mainstays.
In addition to new waves of vegetarian-friendly ethnic restaurants across the city, more and more chefs are focusing on making vegetables just as delicious as their meaty main course alternatives. We've rounded up some of our favorite vegetarian-friendly restaurants in the city, from casual sandwich spots to fine dining palaces.