Considering there are adjacent vendors selling Maine lobster rolls, Korean ramen, quasi-Cambodian sandwiches and authentic Mexican (as well as Japanese fusion) tacos, it’s hard to imagine a hummus spot garnering a whole lot of excitement. And yet, Chelsea Market’s newest tenant is undoubtedly its most high profile yet; that would be Dizengoff, from the James Beard Award-winning Michael Solomonov.
Named after an iconic street in Tel Aviv, and modeled after traditional Israeli hummusiyas, the beloved Philly export is a shrine to chickpea dip. Featuring five seasonal, supremely creamy and tahini-rich variations as part of their opening menu (including exclusive-to-NYC creations such as braised lamb neck, rhubarb, coriander and black lime, and roasted romanesco, preserved lemon, golden raisins and pine nuts), each set meal comes with pickles and chopped salad. Although the biggest bonus might be the accompanying, impossibly fluffy, and still warm puffs of pita, baked on site in a cone-shaped clay taboon.
To flesh out the good-for-you feast even further, there’s an array of salatim — cold salads — as well, such as Kohlrabi, Carrot Pistachio and Muhammara Walnut, along with frozen lemonade, draft beer, and Israeli wines by the glass. And from 10am-11:30am each day, Dizengoff is even offering Shakshuka (eggs poached in a tomato and harissa-enriched sauce); a bit early for tourists, perhaps, but a definite breakfast/brunch boon to Chelsea Market workers.
And while it’s hard to conceive of it now, considering the fast-casual space (save for a couple of counters with stools, seating options are largely relegated to perch rails), Solomonov intends to implement dinner service in the not so distant future; essentially transforming it into a mini Zahav (his celebrated Philadelphia flagship), with large format meats like a roasted shoulder of lamb. We’re also waiting with baited breath for a hinted-at expansion of his fried chicken and pastry-focused Federal Donuts. If that happens, Solomonov’s empire won’t just be the pride of Philly, but a New York institution as well.
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