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.
Reply #1 submitted by: Elan Kornblum, Publisher on 07/22/05 As far as I know they haven't opened yet. They will be a dairy restaurant and the building looks impressive.
Reply #2 submitted by: Anonymous on 07/23/05 I may be wrong, but I drove by last week, and it looked like it was open.
Reply #3 submitted by: Barbara K. on 07/27/05 Decided to check this place out for myself. Located on Coney Island Avenue, between Chesnut, and Avenue M, it opened about one week ago, with (as far as I'm aware) no fanfare, pre-publicity, or Grand Opening sign out front. Just noticed it in passing.
As a former poster said, Bar Muda has a dairy menu of fish, pasta, pizza, soups, salads, and desserts.
The restaurant and bar are very attractive. There weren't that many tables on the ground floor level where we were seated. There is an upper level which we were told would be for larger parties, but I don't think that this level was being used yet.
The hostess was pleasant, and accomodating. The sliced herbed bread, which was accompanied by both an olive oil mixture, and margarine (so you have a choice), was delicious, and fresh.
I ordered the grilled salmon filet, but was hesitant about the Lo-Mein which was listed as the side dish that accompanied it. It turned out that the salmon was excellent, and the Lo-Mein - not your typical Chinese version - was flavored very nicely with seasoning and herbs. Both were delicious. My husband enjoyed the 3 (or 4?) cheese individual pizza pie that he ordered. Acquaintances of ours, at a table of 4 nearby, said that they had each ordered something different, and were all pleased with their choices.
There was a nice selection of desserts on the menu, plus an assortment of cakes and pies.
( The cakes and pies were apparently not baked in house, as I've seen some of the same ones at other nice restaurants.) I ordered the tri-color mousse cake, which was rich and very good; and my husband had the pecan pie (which to our taste didn't have enough of the sweet gooey filling in relation to the abundance of nuts).
The service at our table was just so so, as our waiter was pleasant, but seemed very inexperienced. We observed other waiters at tables nearby, who seemed more capable.
I don't think it's fair to make a final judgment on the service yet, since the place is so new.
I would definitely recommend giving Bar Muda a try. It seems to have already been discovered, despite the lack of hype - as the place was full, and there were several groups waiting to be seated.
BARBARA GLATTER- 07/05/05 GREAT IDEA! LOVED EVERYTHING WE GOT. CAN'T WAIT TO GO AGAIN!