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Nanuchka

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Nanuchka

 
  • 28 Lilenblum Street, Tel Aviv, Israel

A very special place that is serving very authentic food from Georgia, the atmosphere is very unique, noisy and filled with laughter - as is typical in Israel. 

Tel Aviv Designer Boutiques, Tel Aviv

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Although Tel Aviv still lacks a single standout global retail brand, areas such as Gan HaHashmal and Florentine are emerging as the city's "indie" fashion and design hub. Gan HaHashmal, which means "electric garden" in Hebrew, is named for its location close to Israel's first power station. Once Tel Aviv's Red Light zone, it's now the city's version of Manhattan's Meatpacking District, with cutting-edge clothiers and accessories designers such as Mishi (10 Nehama Street; 972 3 682 9615; mishi-design.com) and Kisim (8 HaHashmal Street; 972 3 560 4890; kisim.com) for leather goods, Paula Bianco (12 Harakevet Street; 972 3 68 50171; www.paulabianco.biz) for Art Deco–inspired jewelry, and Nona Elga (12 Barzilay Street; 972 3 560 1257) and Sharon Brunsher (12 Harakevet Street; 972 3 560 4834; www.brunsher.com) for featherweight, versatile womenswear. The shops in neighboring Florentine range from small-scale spice mongers on the western end to furniture and home-accessories boutiques further east. Furniture maker Kastiel (36 Alfasi Street; 972 3 683 6334; www.kastiel.com) has debuted a 50,000-square-foot white-on-white showroom melding a restored Ottoman-era corral and a 1950s warehouse; the company's modern furniture shares space with pieces by artists working in studios up above. Just down the street, past tiny carpentry workshops and the occasional auto garage, luxe bedding firm B. Knit (34 Ben Atar Street; 972 3 518 1138; www.bknit.com)—which once supplied Donna Karan—has an small, well-stocked outlet selling stylish sheets, duvet covers, and a clothing line. Also worth a visit is tiny olive oil boutique Olia, (73 Frishman Street; 972 3 522 3235; www.olia.co.il) near central Rabin Square, which sells organic Israeli olive oils for the kitchen and olive oil soaps and scrubs for the bath.

Manta Ray, Tel Aviv

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Southern Tel Aviv Promenade

Alma Beach
Tel Aviv
Israel
Tel: 972 3 517 4773
 
Concierge.com's insider take:

Despite its location on the water, Tel Aviv has surprisingly few seafront restaurants—which is why Manta Ray, an open-air pavilion that touches the sand, is such a city favorite. Go in the late afternoon for tapas or in the evening for chef Ronen Skinezes's seafood-centric dinner menu: He might roast scallops, shrimp, and mushrooms and toss them with tomato vinaigrette, or mix scallops and calamari into eggplant risotto. Manta Ray also serves an excellent breakfast.

Herbert Samuel, Tel Aviv

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6 Koifman Street

Tel Aviv
Israel 61501
Tel: 972 3 516 6516
 

Israel, Africa + Middle East: Samuel Restaurant has a prime waterfront location in Tel Aviv, and Mediterranean-style food from Israeli

Concierge.com's insider take:

With its prime waterfront location, celebrity chef at the ovens, and stylish organic-wood interiors, Herbert Samuel became an instant Tel Aviv institution within months of its opening in late 2007. Lorded over by Israeli culinary pioneer Jonathan Roshfeld, whose eponymous eatery launched Israel's first foodie movement two decades ago, the Mediterranean restaurant is defined by a series of wooden screens that shift to create cozy dining nooks surrounding a central wooden bar. Diners indulge in Roshfeld must-tries including whole-wheat pappardelle with chestnuts and shredded short ribs, anchovies spiked with roasted peppers, and Jerusalem artichoke soup with truffle sauce. The extensive wine list focuses on Mediterranean bottles, including an impressive array of Israeli vintages. The buzzy vibe, the creation of stylish young owner Yair Bekier, brings in a youthful, food-focused crowd during both business lunches and late-night suppers.

Open Sundays through Wednesdays noon to 12:30 am, Thursdays through Saturdays 12:30 pm to 1:30 am.

HaSalon, Tel Aviv: Favorite restaurant

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8 Ma'Avar HaYavok Street

Tel Aviv
Israel
Tel: 972 52 703 5888
 
Concierge.com's insider take:

HaSalon energetically proves that the concept of "dinner as theater" is alive and well in Tel Aviv. Located in an obscure industrial area on the city's eastern fringe, "the salon" is an exercise in epicurean audacity—but only two nights per week, when chef-owner Eyal Shani and a team of a half-dozen sous-chefs create dazzling (and pricey) meals. The small, always-packed space stars a central open kitchen, and the see-and-be-seen crowd flits between tables. The menu, defined by Shani's weekly finds from throughout Israel, might include a single crystal shrimp wrapped ravioli-style, or entrecôte prepared table-side and infused with olive oil and rosemary to the applause of diners. Never shy, Shani clearly revels in the ovations.

By the way - discuss the address with the cab driver first, it's not a well known street .

Open Wednesdays and Thursdays 7pm until closing.