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Beloved Tel Aviv restaurant Malka is opening a NYC outpost

Chef Eyal Shani’s first kosher restaurant in the U.S. will debut on November 16.

Anna Rahmanan
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Anna Rahmanan

Tel Avivian palates of both the kosher and non-kosher variety can agree on one thing: the schnitzel at kosher eatery Malka—which oozes a delicious potato mash as soon as you cut it open—is a culinary masterpiece. And New Yorkers will soon be able to taste the dish on this side of the Atlantic as well.

Famed chef Eyal Shani is set to open an outpost of the popular Israeli eatery at 161 West 72nd Street by Amsterdam Avenue on the Upper West Side, in the space formerly occupied by his own restaurant North Miznon, on November 16. 

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Malka, which joins the chef’s celebrated roster of local eateries, including HaSalon, Port Sa’id and Shmoné, will also be Shani’s very first kosher endeavor in the U.S. 

Like at his other restaurants, expect the menu at Malka to change seasonally, “showcasing the flavors of Israeli cuisine with the freshest ingredients sourced locally,” according to a press release.

In addition to the iconic schnitzel—which is usually served with sauerkraut, mustard and a beetroot relish—the debuting menu will feature a lamb shank, a charred beetroot carpaccio, okra in red tomatoes, grouper shawarma and eggplant sashimi, among other dishes.

The destination will be closed on Friday nights through Saturday nights in celebration of the Jewish Sabbath. During the winter, though, when the sun sets earlier, indicating the end of Shabbat, Saturday night reservations will be available.  

As a nod to the current situation in the Middle East, Malka will be donating 10% of all its proceeds through the month of November to humanitarian relief organizations in Israel.

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