CooknSolo Opening a Dizengoff in New York

Cabbage hummus plate at Dizengoff.

Cabbage hummus plate at Dizengoff.

This weekend a tipster alerted Eater NY to a permit for a Dizengoff in New York’s Chelsea Market. CooknSolo principal Steve Cook acknowledged to Michael Klein on Sunday that he and Michael Solomonov were bringing their hummusiya to New York’s Meatpacking District. The market is already home to two Philadelphia exports, Stephen Starr’s Buddakan and Morimoto. The market, which also houses studios for Food Network was once home of another Philadelphia-rooted concept, the short-lived collaboration between Questlove and Starr, Hybird.

Dizengoff is the first but is unlikely to be the last CooknSolo project that heads to New York. In an entertaining interview with Grub Street, Cook and Solomonov say they are also looking to open a New York Federal Donuts. What won’t be heading to New York is a branch of Zahav, which Solomonov says would slay in New York, “but then we’d have to fucking move to New York.”

No opening timeline has been announced.

Blockbuster: Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook Sign a Lease Inside Chelsea Market [Eater]
Dizengoff [Foobooz]

Go To Israel with Michael Solomonov


Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook in Israel

Is this the year you take the trip of a lifetime? If you’ve got an extra $7,829 lying around and a hankering for hummus, then block off June 26- July 5 for what has to be an unforgettable trip to Israel with Zahav chef Michael Solomonov.

The trip is equal parts sightseeing and culinary tour, with visits to Jerusalem and the Dead Sea interspersed with excursions to try cheese aged in 2,000 year old Israeli caves and sardines fresh from the sea in Akko.

Airfare is included in the price, and the flights leave from and return to Philly. You can also book your own flights and just pay for the land portion of the trip if you’d rather, which will cost $6,054 per person.

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Zahav Becomes “Lamb Shack” for February


Executive chef of Zahav, Michael Solomonov

Zahav, Michael Solomonov’s flagship restaurant famous for its authentic Israeli cuisine, is becoming a “Lamb  Shack” from February 6-28.

The lamb, which is “an entire bone-in Colorado shoulder braised with pomegranate juice and chickpeas into a melting mountain of meat like you’ve never experienced,” has become something of a cult favorite for Philly diners and critics, but has historically only been an option for parties of nine or more due to the several day preparation process it requires.

In response to the public demand for lamb, Solomonov has decided to offer only his famous pomegranate lamb for the month of February (and a vegetarian option for the less carnivorous.) The Lamb Shack menu is $36 per person, and includes hummus and tehina, house baked pita, salatim, and “whomping hunks” of pomegranate lamb.

Also, if getting to try some of the most sought after lamb in Philadelphia isn’t enough for you, Zahav is inviting guests to BYO for the entire month of February at no additional charge.

Zahav [Foobooz]

How Israel Got Huge

Lunch rush at Dizengoff | Photo by Michael Persico

Lunch rush at Dizengoff | Photo by Michael Persico

You’ve got to understand something about Israeli cuisine right from the start: It’s not something that existed in the American consciousness a few years ago.

Really, it’s not something that exists there now. Not in most places. You’ll find a few spots in and around New York where Israeli dishes get to shine. And there have always been delis where you could get your brisket and your matzo ball soup, but that’s more about Jewish cuisine than it is Israeli. Like the thing about thumbs and fingers, all Israeli restaurants are Jewish but not all Jewish restaurants are Israeli.

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First Bite: Dizengoff


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 » 

Michael Solomonov and The Search for Israeli Cuisine

If you follow Zahav owner and chef Michael Solomonov on Instagram you know he’s been eating his way around Israel recently. It’s all part of a two-hour documentary he’s filming, called The Search for Israeli Cuisine. The PBS documentary is being filmed by two-time Academy Award nominee and James Beard Award winning filmmaker Roger Sherman

Above is the latest teaser from the project.

Zahav [Foobooz]
The Search for Israeli Cuisine [Florentine Films]

Michael Solomonov Filming Documentary on Israeli Cuisine

Zahav chef and co-owner, Michael Solomonov will be filming a two-hour documentary called The Search for Israeli Cuisine. Solomonov will be followed around Israel by  two-time Academy Award nominee and James Beard Award winning filmmaker Roger Sherman. The documentary will air on PBS in 2014.

Check out the preview above to get a feel for what the film will be about and for just how rich Israel’s food scene is.

The Search for Israeli Cuisine [Florentine Films]

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