by Zonia Molitoris on
This should be Zahav's 200th review or so, assuming I finish it before anyone else. The short story is: Zahav is amazing. I have what I call my "Zahav dress" which I've worn each time I've been here. Start things off with a Lemonnana while waiting for the salatim and hummus. From the Mezze section, I second everyone's recommendations for the haloumi, fried cauliflower, and the crispy sweetbreads. The latter were an amazing texture and great flavor to match. As for meats, I've loved what they do with lamb (the merguez was great) and steak (though the skirt steak has been a tad dry before). Dessert? The halvah mousse is a must. A MUST. I have always had great service here and even got seated early for reservations once. Must be the Zahav dress.
by Ken B. on
The guys behind the bar are pros. Really. Step into 4 out of 5 other places and take note. Is there a napkin under every glass? Can the bartender make six drinks at the same time? Do they know how to serve a drink in the proper glass? During the week, this place is a bit of a regular's hangout. Sometimes the softball team comes in when they win a game. In the evenings, and definitely on the weekends there's always someone at the piano, either performing or encouraging folks to take advantage of the open mic. I wouldn't qualify it as a pick-up bar, but once you've met that someone, it's a nice place to go and chat over a drink. The drinks are reasonably-priced, of course the lure is the generous $5 well Martini. A few beers on tap, small selection of bottled beer, and a decent selection of whiskey. Unfortunately "happy hour" consists of free popcorn, and no drink specials or more creative food. Unless you count the occasional hot dog wagon on Fridays. Can't drink on an empty stomach, man! The Martini / Piano Bar motif is a dying breed, and it would be a nice touch if the music in between performers in the back room was more fitting to maintain the atmosphere. Sudden lurches into Lady GaGa are sometimes quite painful.