Today we will talk about the best Pita Mizrachi restaurant in New York, Miznon, which is located inside the Chelsea Market. While once very buzz worthy, the Chelsea Market no longer generates significant conversation or attention. However, a visit to Miznon, is certainly a reason to revisit this once popular landmark.
Besides being “the city that never sleeps,” New York City can also be described as the city where you will never starve! I think I can say with almost near certainty that every day a new restaurant, fast food chain, or bar opens up!
From cheap eats (at Two Brothers Pizza you can have a slice of pizza for $1! Yes, $1! For $2.75 you can get 2 slices AND a drink!!!), to the most expensive places such as Masa, which, according to their website (http://www.masanyc.com/#masa-takayama) comes with a price tag of $595 per person, there is a wide range of dining options available.
I have eaten at The River Café, which is ranked number 9 out of the 20 most expensive restaurants in NYC. I had an amazing experience there. The decor, the view (pretty spectacular), the service, but most of all, the food, was incredible. I seriously recommend that you check it out if you can.
However, we are not here to talk about the most or least expensive restaurants in New York (…maybe we will in a future review). Our purpose today is to tell you all about the deliciousness that is, Miznon!
I personally know the one located in Paris, very well. Every time I am in France, I don’t just go there, I run there!! One of my top priorities upon arriving in Paris, is to eat there immediately. So when I found out Miznon was opening in New York, I called all my foodie friends. I was ecstatic!
Miznon is a restaurant that has already a dozen locations:
Tel Aviv (opened in 2011) Paris, Vienna, Melbourne, Australia and now New York. It is run by Israeli celebrity chef, Eyal Shani
While Mr. Shani is relatively unknown to Americans, he’s a huge deal in Israel. He owns 14 restaurants around the world and was a judge on the cooking show Master Chef Israel, where he became a cultural icon.
Miznon means “cafeteria” in Hebrew. The space isn’t anything fancy; more of an eat-out-of-a-paper-bag kind of spot and is best visited for a quick lunch. While it is pretty “no-frills”, they do have a bar that would also work for a casual dinner. They do not have waiter service, but runners will bring orders to those who opt to eat in.
The consistency of their pita bread is closer to a pancake than a pita, but it’s baked in a similar fashion to pita bread. Shani’s pita dough is thinner and more watery than most. He allows it to ferment for 24 hours, creating a springy texture and slightly sour flavor.
Needless to say, it was delicious! We went full-on vegetables that day.
The pita was like no other!! No joke!
After hearing that the local New York sandwich of choice was the hamburger, Shani created one dish called “folded cheeseburger in a pita”. In it, burger meat is pressed in a machine and flattened like a tortilla. It is laid out on a plancha, topped with cheddar cheese, and then folded in half like an omelet. The resulting texture is half burger, half tartar. Another dish called “run over potato” involves a dramatic flattening of a baked potato with garlic, green onions, and sour cream.Both of these dishes are not served in Paris.
Shani’s signature dish is not a pita at all, but a whole roasted cauliflower, an item he claims to have invented. It’s at once buttery and crisp, prepared with nothing more than salt and oil. Chef Shani is a pioneer in his own way, since nowadays, cauliflower is at the base of every gluten free dish in your home and in restaurants. Rice and pizza dough are now frequently made using cauliflower.
Of course we had to sample Shani’s whole roasted cauliflower, along with the ratatouille, and some more cauliflower in a pita with scallions and tomatoes in a tahini sauce. Delish!!!
You do not want to miss out on this place. Of all of the dishes, my personal favorite is the ratatouille. It is just out of this world! The whole roasted cauliflower and the French green beans, are so yummy too. I strongly suggest trying a bit of everything. Believe me, you won’t regret it and will ask for more 🙂
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Mizrachi: From the Middle East
435 West 15th St., New York, NY 10011