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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Zahav, Philadelphia

Opened in 2008 by Israeli-born, Pittsburgh-raised chef Michael Solomonov, Zahav is arguably the granddaddy—albeit a youthful one—of Modern Israeli cuisine in America. From the sultry Turkish hummus that’s blended with browned butter to the now iconic spoon-tender lamb shoulder with pomegranate and chickpeas, it was one of the first American restaurants to explicitly explore and elevate the Israel’s multiethnic and innovative cuisine. Three years later, Solomonov became the first chef to receive a coveted James Beard Award (Best Chef Mid Atlantic, 2011) for doing exactly that. 237 St James Pl.; 215-625-8800; zahavrestaurant.com.