Chef Einat Admony has been causing quite a stir in the New York city dining scene. I have seen her name pop up in many magazine articles lately. Offering delicious cuisine of Israel (her origin) with a dash of mediterranean- Balaboosta (her charming restaurant on Mulberry Street in NYC) has been on my to-do list for a while now. And my chance came a couple of weeks ago – when I was asked by a friend to pick a place for us to meet in the city. My friend was open to any type of cuisine, and I took that as my opportunity to propose Balaboosta. Luckily, she was as thrilled to try out Israeli food as I was. And so, Balaboosta- here we come!
Reservations are highly recommended because its a small and popular restaurant. The food was quite delightful. Flavors wee familiar yet unusual. A bounty of wondrous ingredients like lemon, garlic, tomatoes, chickpeas, olives…. you get the idea, don’t you? The end result was subtle yet flavorful, comforting yet exciting, satisfying yet addictive…. bite after bite!
From what I have learned about chef Admony, she doesn’t want to compromise on the food and its original integrity of flavors. She is determined to present her food and create the most authentic experience for the diner as possible. And during my meal here, I did feel that I was getting that real taste if Israeli food.
You must try the Crispy Cauliflower. One of the most popular dishes on the menu it packs quite a punch of flavor and is hard to resist until your plate is wiped clean. The Israeli Street Fair, offering a trio of dishes, was a great option to get that authentic street food experience. The chicken and merguez in the pita was dynamite! The pickles came in a small plastic baggie – waiting for us to unravel the amazing flavors locked inside. And the Sweet Potato Fries were the perfect complement to it all. The Grilled Lamb Chops were an absolute wow – both in flavor and their incredibly tender texture.
The dessert, Kanafeh, was a delicate composition with gentle floral notes of the sauce and creamy texture from cheese accented by the crunch of semolina.
I would go back to Balaboosta again… there is a lot more on the menu I wish to explore further. Chef Admony also owns Bar Bolonat and Taim in New York.
At Balaboosta, I found the prices to be a bit high for the quantity served. That was perhaps my only issue with this restaurant. But if that is the price of great food – then I am willing to pay it.
Balaboosta, New York | http://balaboostanyc.com