Cook and Solo Open Dizengoff in New York

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Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook celebrate Dizengoff’s arrival in New York.

This Wednesday, Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook will open their first restaurant outside of Philadelphia. The dynamic duo are opening a branch of Dizengoff in Chelsea Market. The official opening is set for Wednesday, May 25th but Eater NY reports the hummusiya opened softly yesterday.

Dizengoff NYC has been named one of the 26 most exciting openings of spring, 2016 by Bloomberg Business and like its Philadelphia counterpart, it will be all about the hummus. The New York location will also offer Israeli wines and shakshouka all day everyday. The opening moves Dizengoff up a spot on our Fast Casual Tracker. An announcement of a third location might keep them climbing.

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The Checkup: The Weird Trick That Makes Zahav’s Hummus So Freakin’ Delicious

Hummus is one of the most revered healthy snacks around. (I mean, there’s a reason Trader Joe’s has, like, 6,389 varieties of the chickpea dip.) And no one whips up a better batch than Philly’s very own Zahav, whose recipe you can now copy from the comfort of your own kitchen thanks to Food52. And don’t you dare peel the garlic before you throw it in the food processor. Weird, we know — but have faith. [Food52] Read more »

Dizengoff NYC Named One of the World’s Most Exciting Restaurant Openings

dizengoff wallpaper 940Bloomberg Business named Dizengoff’s opening in New York’s Chelsea Market as one of the 26 most exciting restaurant openings in the world this spring. The first New York venture of Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook (Zahav, Abe Fisher, Percy Street, Federal Donuts) is hailed as a reason for hummus lovers to rejoice.

The New York City Dizengoff will offer Israeli wines by the glass and shakshuka all day. That’s a treat Philadelphians only get on Sundays ($11 per bowl). Other restaurants in the list range from a French cafe at Versailles to a new casual restaurant in Copenhagen from the team that gave the world Noma, a restaurant praised as the best in the world. Not bad company for a hummusiya.

Middle Eastern Restaurants and Food in Philadelphia

Shawarma platter at Hummus; Pastries from Manakeesh | Photos by Neal Santos

Shawarma platter at Hummus; Pastries from Manakeesh | Photos by Neal Santos

Middle Eastern flavors have long been a rich vein mined by chefs working in any number of styles. And Middle Eastern restaurants — whether of the wheeled or brick-and-mortar variety — have been a staple on the Philly scene for decades. But while you might think there’s nothing to this cuisine beyond chickpeas and falafel, here are six places that will prove you wrong.

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First Bite: Dizengoff

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Michael Solomonov’s hummisiya, Dizengoff softly opened today. We were on hand to snap some photos and of course try out the hummus. We ordered the Hummus matbucha for $10. The hummus is topped with Moroccan cooked tomato-pepper salad and a slow-cooked egg. It reminded me of a hummus version of shakshuka and that was exactly The order comes with three side salads and a piece of pita, piping hot, right from the oven.

The food was plenty for lunch and the pita was just about enough for all the generous serving of hummus.

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Michael Solomonov’s Dizengoff Opens August 11th

dizengoff-squareDizengoff, Michael Solomonov’s hummusiya will open on Monday, Augst 11th at 10:30 a.m. The spot at 1625 Sansom Street will serve four varieties of housemade hummus, freshly baked pita and seasonal salatim. The plates range from $9 to $11 and all include two pitot (the plural of pita), two seasonal salatim and Israeli pickles. The 25-seat hummusiya is named for the boulevard in Tel Aviv and will also offer a variety of non-alcoholic drinks including frozen Lemonanna, Coke, Diet Coke and San Pellegrino Pompelmo. A rotating selection of craft brews will also be available as 12-oz. drafts for $4 each. Solomonov, who says “we’ve always known that we wanted to open a hummusiya similar to the ones you find everywhere in Israel.” “We make our hummus so often throughout the day, it’s never even refrigerated.” Abe Fisher, the next door restaurant “inspired by the Jewish Diaspora” is also moving towards completion date and should open by September 7. Check out the menu » 

Hummus Restaurant Opens in Center City

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Today marks the opening of Hummus Grill’s Center City location at 212 S 11th Street. The winner of Best of Philly’s 2012 shawarma platter had one last delay in opening this week. a truck hit an exhaust fan which forced them to get a new evaporator and condenser for the walk-in fridge.

But with that issue behind them, it’s falafel, shawarma and kabobs for everyone.

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Hummus Grill Coming to Center City

Inquirer critic and Michigan native, Craig LaBan, was excited. He had his Tigers in the World Series, and the Famous Detroit Coney Company taking over the Santa Fe Burrito Company’s 11th Street location. But the tail-end of 2012 proved to be full of upsets for LaBan; his Tigers blew out of the Series in blaze-less glory, and the 11th Street Coney dog concept fell through.

Instead, Ardmore and University City’s Hummus Grill, just signed the lease to the space, and they’re hoping to complete renovations by March of 2013. And since they bear the award for 2012 Best of Philly Shawarma Platter, maybe this is something worth getting excited for again.

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