Arba is a modern Israeli restaurant that is dedicated to artisan and natural food, with a focus on fish, cheese, vegetables, and fresh baked bread that everyone can enjoy; since everything on the menu is 100% gluten free. They are a dinner-only dairy restaurant on New York’s Upper West Side. This is also where Modern Bread and Bagel is located, but they are only open until 4pm; Arba opens their doors at 5:30pm with waiter-service. Arba officially opened to the public on May 8th 2019, Yom Ha’atzmaut. When you first walk in your eye is instantly drawn above, where woven basket lampshades from Thailand cast a soft glow on the tabletops. Owners, husband and wife team, Orly Gottesman and Josh Borenstein have a unique story. Orly was driven to develop a gluten free baking product that didn’t compromise on taste to benefit her food-centric husband living with celiac disease. Gottesman and Bernstein partnered with Chef Nir Zook on a recent trip to Israel. Chef Zook discovered his love of cooking at the age of 13 in his family home, a flower and fruit farm, located in a small village in southern Israel. Chef Zook has years of restaurant experience. He recently opened the kosher restaurant Mapu in Tel Aviv and previously had several restaurants in Jaffa, including Cordelia and Noa Bistro. He’s also catered private events large and small, in Israel and the US.
The menu is dreamed up by Chef Nir Zook and is changing weekly, according to the fresh seasonal produce that inspires him. Chef Nir Zook is an award-winning Israeli chef who has opened multiple restaurants, authored numerous cookbooks, and starred in various television programs. Arba is a marriage of vision of both Gottesman and Zook, who see the restaurant as being a space where diners come to relax.
The restaurant offers two options to diners: both a 7 course tasting menu (currently listed at $59/person or $49/person for the vegan option) as well as ordering from the menu a la carte. Their latest menu includes flatbread pizzas (including a vegan one topped with impossible burger meat and baked tahini), handmade pastas, Israeli mezze and dips, fresh salads, a vegan section, and a large variety of fresh fish options. The dessert menu includes fresh donuts served with coffee, chocolate, and caramel sauces, that are fried a la minute! Look for dishes like Branzino with winter greens, Red Snapper with garlic cream and Herb Crusted Salmon, shakshuka, branzino, and an “Israeli ceviche” made with lime-cured halibut. You can also expect a generous assortment of veggie-based starters, hummus, homemade Mediterranean desserts, and specialty hot drinks including Turkish coffee and rose and peanut tea. Diners can also enjoy one of 200 kosher wines, 20 of which will be available by the glass. They have also launched a brand new seasonal cocktail menu with wine and sake cocktails that have been crafted by their sommeliers.
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Arba is also open every Saturday for a set-menu family style meal by prepaid reservations only from11:00am - 3:00pm for $36 per person (not including gratuity and tax).
This self-described passionate Mediterranean kitchen seriously has something for everyone.
BARBARA- 01/15/08 Last week the four of us went to eat at La Creperie. The food here is consistently very good. Every course was excellent. The dessert crepe was amazing. A great choice for dinner!
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A F- 05/16/07 Their food is very good, service is O.k. But then things changed from the time I asked to check out, until I actually went out was a long 45 minutes, for no good reason. Why should I have to wait to PAY?!? We had a full meal soup entree e.t.c... in the end I wanted to pack only a little of my leftovers, so they packed my chumus/techinah salad with my mashed potato & mushroom with gravy, and my shwarma in one plate, now that will be a new food coming out mashed potato & chumus/techinah. Check it out coming soon on store shelves. They might as well just throw it in the garbage. I wouldn't go out to eat there, so much for a night out.....
Reply #1 submitted by: avraham on 05/22/07 why do you need to be so exagerated
the food was good
so you have a louzy atttitude and are trying to screw a good jewish business
sometimes people like you are better off staying at home
your dirty mouth only hurts people
i ate there loved it and the wait was worth it
and it was not 45 minutes
Barbara- 05/02/07 One of our favorites, like a little piece of Israel here in Queens. Servers are pleasant, food consistently tasty.
Reply #1 submitted by: Leah on 06/05/07 We like the food at Muscat but the service is indifferent to just plain awful. The staff is nice but unattentive, untrained and consistently forgeting items requested. It is very frustrating that the owners and management can't train these folks to wait tables properly.
Regarding the false email of a Kosher Restaurant Chef
Elan Kornblum, Publisher- 05/16/06 For Barbara Z. regarding your post, for David G. for writing the letter and anyone else knowing about the email going around:
I have spoken to both restaurant owners about the story concerning the respective Chef and I want to let everyone know that these emails are totally false and please do not resend to your friends.
It is totally irresponsible to send emails like this without knowing what the truth is. This is someone's livelihood that people are playing with and the best thing to do is to squash these rumors before someone gets hurt. Thank you.
Reply #1 submitted by: curious on 05/23/06 what are you referring to? How can I get a copy of this email/letter?
Reply #2 submitted by: Elan Kornblum, Publisher on 05/23/06 You know I can't do that.
Reply #3 submitted by: curious on 05/23/06 can't you post the email and cross out the names? or at least post a summary of this without disclosing names?
Reply #4 submitted by: Elan Kornblum, Publisher on 05/23/06 Nope.
Los Angeles Kosher Caterer recommendation?
Tamara K- 04/21/06 I'm searching for a good kosher caterer for a 2007 Spring Los Angeles wedding. Not sure where we're doing it yet - could be anywhere from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Reply #1 submitted by: abe on 05/01/06 pats or creations by chumie
Reply #2 submitted by: Shlomit on 05/29/06 try LA gondola
BARBARA GLATTER- 12/06/05 My husband and I were in NYC for a mini vacation this past weekend. We met friends at La Creperie as we we have been there many times before and enjoyed it immensely. Our friends loved it very much. I had the spicy salmon there and it was out of site. The only problem with the dessert crepes is that they left the calories in! It was so good that we went there for breakfast (late) the next day. Keep up the good work. Going thereis like checking in with a couple of good friends.
BARBARA GLATTER- 08/17/05 The othe day I went once again to Le Creperie. I was very pleased to see that they had a lunch menu. Everything was delicious. The dulce de leche dessert crepe was out of site. The only problem I could see was the calories. I go to restaurants alot so I am used to seeing everything. I judge restaurants and their cleanliness by their restrooms. The restroom here was immaculate. Keep up the excellent work!
BARBARA GLATTER- 08/05/05 My Daughter and I went to the Creperie for the 2nd time Aug. 3. I think it was better than the first time if that's possible. My daughter ordered the Ceasar salad with the salmon and said both were the best she ever had. I ordered the mahi mahi with the eggplant and figured how good can fish be in a crepe restaurant. Well was I wrong. It was unbelievable! I only wish the restaurant was closer to me. The staff could not do enough for the patron. A perfect choice for the nine days. I look forward to eating there and hosting parties there for many years to come. Keep up the good work!