When Miznon opened at New York’s Chelsea Market last year - to deafening hype - the Forward walked away less than impressed by Chef Eyal Shani’s takes on Israeli street food.
Apparently, the masses disagreed; not only has Miznon become a giant hit, but Chelsea Market’s owners have now tapped Shani to create a new menu for a basement music hall set to open this week.
Eater reports Shani’s cuisine for the Chelsea Music Hall is “inspired by his interpretation of New York City.” A shrimp salad bagel offers a slightly perverse version of a Big Apple classic; tuna tartare is apparently “a take on a bite Shani had at uptown sushi temple Masa”, and a salad is - yes - inspired by the idea of an urban jungle.
Shani underling Meir Ringart will run the Music Hall kitchen, Eater says. With Miznon locations in Israel, Vienna, Paris, and Melbourne, Shani’s presumably a man on the move.
The chef isn’t through with New York City, either. Shani told Eater he’s working on a ”flagship space” that he diplomatically called “a bullet in the heart of the traditional food of New York.” It’s at 10th Avenue and 50th Street, set to open in March. We can’t wait.
Shani and Chelsea Market’s management didn’t respond to requests for comment.
This story "Eyal Shani of Miznon at Chelsea Market’s Music Hall" was written by Michael Kaminer.