Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 11/18/2015
Timna. Photo: Michael Tulipan
109 St. Marks Place, 646-964-5181, East Village, Manhattan
The East Village is hardly monotonous when it comes to eateries, but Timna still feels a break from the routine. This rustic Middle Eastern–Mediterranean bistro has an ambitious menu from Nir Mesika, an Israeli who makes creamy Jerusalem artichoke soup and fresh-baked, sesame-seed-crusted kubaneh bread from a family recipe. General manager Amir Nathan built the global wine list with vintages from Europe, Lebanon and Long Island. Ask for help to find the perfect match for steak tartare with za'alouk pepper and quail egg or the surprising "Chinatown salad," which mixes in green bean tempura and ginger-cilantro pesto. The 45 seats are filled at dinner and brunch, so try to book ahead. If you're winging things, it's comfortable to sit at the bar in a cast-iron tractor seat that swivels, the better to observe the attractive crowd and industrial design details.