Where to Eat Modern Israeli Cuisine in America

The best restaurants from New York to Charleston, Philly to the Bay Area, serving the exquisitely diverse melting pot cooking that is contemporary Israeli fare.

Randy Schmidt
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Shaya, New Orleans

Last year Alon Shaya, a disciple of iconic New Orleans restaurateur, John Besh, opened a Modern Israeli restaurant in the heart of the Big Easy. A year later, he scored a coveted "Best New Restaurant" win at the James Beard Awards for his efforts. His Jewish melting pot approach brings Eastern European-style matzo ball soup, gussied up with roasted duck and escarole, and Middle Eastern-influenced foie gras with rose tahini and carob molasses together at the same table. He also finds inspiration locally, foraging for chanterelles and other mushrooms in the bayous and woods that surround the city. 4213 Magazine St.; 504-891-4213; shayarestaurant.com.