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.

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Madcapra, Los Angeles

Two years ago, chefs Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson left Brooklyn's Glasserie to open a pair of Middle Eastern-inspired restaurants in Los Angeles. (Kramer's mom is Peruvian-Israeli, and she grew up visiting often.) The first spot, Madcapra, is an inventive falafel shop based out of downtown L.A.'s exceedingly hip food hall Grand Central Market. Their "green" falafel, one of four options, pairs the chickpea fritters with fennel seed labneh, grilled cauliflower, picked fennel, and heaps of fresh cilantro and mint leaves—touches that highlight California's fresh produce bounty. The duo's second eatery, Kismet, set to open this fall, will offer a similar vibe but in a full-service restaurant. 317 S. Broadway; 213-357-2412; madcapra.com.