Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 06/04/2014
Zabzi tagine. Photo: Quentin Bacon
611 Hudson St., 212-390-1545, West Village, Manhattan
Balaboosta fans are flocking to Einat Admony's West Village follow-up, Bar Bolonat. The modern, windowed corner space is done in neutral colors and has an active bar scene where elbow-to-elbow dining is as essential as cocktailing. Start with a sesame seed Jerusalem bagel whose soft interior is good for absorbing olive oil and a dip in housemade za'atar, a Middle Eastern mixture of oregano and thyme. Admony, who grew up in Tel Aviv, pays homage to her Yemeni father with a spicy shrimp dish bathed in velvety coconut milk livened with cilantro and capped with malawah, Yemen's signature layered bread. "Everyday" cauliflower is anything but mundane, the florets crunchy and glazed with peanut tahini. The chef first made her name in Manhattan with falafel at Taïm, and here she's fashioned a dessert version—chocolate baubles with coconut flakes, pistachio and vanilla crème anglaise.