City Guide: New York

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By Andrea Strong


Israeli chef Michael Solomonov brings his celebrated Philadelphia hummus joint to Chelsea Market.

Unless you’ve been to Israel, chances are you’ve not tasted hummus like the kind made by Michael Solomonov at Dizengoff. His Philly-to-Chelsea Market hummus-eria seats 20 lucky folks at an S-shaped counter that faces a fire breathing oven. Served with Israeli salad (cukes and tomatoes), pickles, and freshly baked pita that’s so puffy and warm that you might want to lay your head down on it and have a nap. Solomonov’s super-creamy hummus is redolent of cumin and can be had in classic form, drizzled with gobs of fragrant olive oil, a couple of shakes of spices like paprika, and smattering of chopped fresh parsley, or adorned with a roster of seasonal garnishes—zucchini with hazelnuts, sliced avocado with peanut harissa, and romanesco; fried shishito peppers and roasted almonds; flageolet beans with garlic and cumin; or beef with cinnamon and fenugreek.

Mornings, until about 11:30am, you can also dive into some shakshuka ($10), a cast-iron skillet of sunny eggs poached in a spicy tomato-chile sauce, served with the aforementioned pita. It’s easily the best breakfast in town. Or at the very least, the best breakfast in Chelsea Market.

Must try:
Hummus or Shakshuka
Israeli Cuisine / Fast Casual
Reservations: None
Hours: Daily 11am-8pm
Location: Chelsea
Address: 75 9th Avenue
Phone: (646) 833-7097
  • Subway: A, C, E, L to 14th Street / 8th Avenue
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