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A dinner spread at Asia in the Jaffa Flea Market
Photo by Ohad Kaab

The 38 Essential Tel Aviv Restaurants

Where to find modern mezze, bubbly shakshuka, fluffy pita, and crispy falafel, of course

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A dinner spread at Asia in the Jaffa Flea Market
| Photo by Ohad Kaab

Tel Aviv is a metropolitan center and multicultural hub with an unrivaled nightlife that welcomes all. You can easily walk or bike — use the city­wide Tel­-O-­Fun rentals — across the entire city, from its beachfront boardwalks to its grittier neighborhoods, experiencing Tel Aviv through its kaleidoscope of eateries.

Yemenite, Moroccan, Tunisian, Spanish, and homegrown Israeli food can all be relished here, from hole­-in-­the-­wall food joints to a groundswell of fine dining, and everything in between, while fresh produce can be picked up for a song in one of the city’s many bustling open­-air markets.

Looking only for what’s new and hot? Head to the Tel Aviv heatmap. Want to focus on cheap eats? There’s a guide for that, too. But for the utterly quintessential, listed in geographic order, read on.

Editor’s Note: Eater is not updating international maps at this time given disruptions to global travel during the COVID-19 crisis.

Price key:

$ = Less than 55 shekels (Up to $1­5 USD)

$$ = 55 to ­139 shekels ($16­ to $39 USD)

$$$ = 140 to ­230 shekels ($40­ to $66 USD)

$$$$ = 231 shekels ($66 USD) and up

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Double Standard

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To understand the scope of Tel Aviv’s burgeoning cocktail scene, look no further than this dapper bar located on a mellower stretch of busy Dizengoff Street that caters to the cocktail-curious and -savvy alike. Never-before-seen concoctions with house-made mixers and kooky presentations (vessels include giant egg shells and even a bloody mary served in an IV bag) have made happy hour a scene. There’s even a cocktail delivery service, ensuring spot-on mojitos and margaritas anywhere in the city — even the beach. [$$]

Bloody mary at Double Standard
Photo by Ziv Cohen

Fish Tartare Wrapped in Avocado at שילה Shila

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Over a decade after opening, chef Sharon Cohen’s bar and restaurant still hits all the right notes: an upbeat vibe, incredibly fresh seafood, and an energetic playlist. This is definitely the place to down shooters and sample the sought­-after fish tartare wrapped in avocado, or indulge in caviar and drink to your heart’s content. [$$$]

Dining room at Shila
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Kosher Fine Dining at the Carlton Hotel

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Everything that beloved Israeli chef Meir Adoni touches is magical. At the Carlton Hotel, Adoni’s two restaurants, Lumina and Blue Sky, both showcase the intricate details he’s known for; choose Lumina for a meat experience or Blue Sky for fish and dairy. After your lovely dinner, spend the evening walking down the promenade near the beach to inhale the salty aroma of the sea. [$$$$] [Kosher]

A dish at the Carlton Hotel
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The pickings for kosher restaurants had been rather slim until last year, but celebrated chef Nir Zook, known for helming many successful spots in the past, decided to show off his kosher skills with Mapu, located in a centrally-located boutique hotel that features a beautiful garden. Zook’s obsession with local ingredients and his fervor to cook and bake everything in house make this a lovely choice for lunch or dinner. [Kosher] [$$$]

The kitchen at Mapu
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Mashya’s crisp, contemporary design, coupled with chef Yossi Shitrit’s innovative techniques and Moroccan influences, have made this restaurant one of the most talked­-about in town. Alternatively, make reservations for a weekend brunch for a great value — 86 shekels buys you an elegant, all­-you­-can­-eat feast complete with every kind of cheese, fish, and fresh bread you can dream of. [$$$$]

A salad at Mashya
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Nahat Café

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Coffee shops are seemingly everywhere in Tel Aviv, but just a handful would qualify as true coffee specialists. This microroastery and cafe is one those gems, making it a hub for Tel Aviv’s bean fanatics. Located off the Dizengoff shopping strip, Nahat blends and roasts its own beans and spotlights a range of brewing methods, from Turkish and Chemex to Hario and cold brew. The cozy shop is ideal for conversation, working on your laptop, or picking up a blend or single origin to take home. [$]

A latte at Nahat
Photo by Emmanuel Afriat

HaKosem

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Falafel can be found on just about every street corner in Tel Aviv, but Hakosem is in a league of its own, offering perfectly plump pita and deep­-fried balls of chickpea mash studded with fresh herbs, alongside impeccably fresh salads. Also try the hearty shawarma or the Iraqi breakfast known as sabich — wedges of fried potato, golden eggplant slices, hard­boiled eggs, and amba, a sunshine-yellow pickled mango sauce that seals the deal. [$]

Falafel at HaKosem
Falafel at HaKosem
Photo by Yaron Brenner

Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar

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This tiny, award­-winning bar, hidden in the boutique Imperial Hotel, is the place to experience cocktail mastery in Israel: currently ranked number 17 on the World’s 50 Best Bar list, Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar is arguably the best bar in the Middle East. To make a night of it, start at Imperial’s Mexican­-Caribbean sister bar, La Otra, for happy hour, then finish your evening at Imperial — late night is when the city’s bartenders head here. [$$]

The bar at Imperial Craft Cocktail Bar
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Street food took a new turn when chef Eyal Shani opened this pita­-focused joint, a no­-frills spot that buzzes all day long. Fresh, fluffy pitas are packed with kebabs, steak and eggs, or ratatouille. Don’t pass up Shani’s signature dish: a full head of roasted cauliflower, which is rich, thick and filling — almost like a hunk of meat. [$]

Shrimp pita at Miznon
Photo by Eyal Shani

Ha'Achim

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Feel like a part of the family at Ha’achim (“the brothers”), a trendy spot known for its buffet-style weekend brunch (₪ 85 per person) with endless rows of traditional local salads, homemade jams, fresh-­from-­the-­oven breads, and shakshuka. [$$]

A brunch spread at Ha’Achim
Photo by Tal SivanZiporin

Milgo & Milbar

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This restaurant has so much going for it: a vibrant atmosphere with detail-oriented seafood dishes and a carefully curated playlist to match. The duo of young and up-­and-­coming chefs, Or Michaeli and Moti Titman, approach each dish with mounds of creativity. Its central location across from Habima, Israel’s national theater, makes it a wonderful place to kick back and take in the Tel Aviv joie de vivre. [$$$]

The bar at Milgo & Milbar
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Sarona Market

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Sarona, a 140-­year-­old German Templer colony, has been reclaimed as an open-­air leisure area packed with restaurants, shops, eateries, and playgrounds. There are a myriad of standalone restaurants (Jajo, Miss Kaplan, Claro) but the real star is Sarona Market. Open on Saturdays — a rarity in Tel Aviv — you’ll find everything from exotic produce, bakeries, cheese shops, and halva to eateries helmed by Israel’s top chefs. Try some knafeh (Arabic cheese pastry soaked in sweet syrup) at Natzaret Sweets, or the smoked trout sandwiches at Forela Bar. [$­$$]

Olives at Sarona Market
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Beloved Tel Aviv chef Ran Shmueli has made Claro an homage to seasonal and local ingredients. Located in a restored Templer building, this spacious, light-­filled restaurant is a savvy choice for Mediterranean food. On weekends, order the family­-style platter composed of slow­-cooked lamb in a pomegranate sauce with sabzi (Persian fresh herbs), tzaziki, and hand­made pitas straight from the tabun. [$$$]

Roasted lamb at Claro
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Weekend Brunch at Bellboy

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Bottomless brunches are not really a thing here, but this wacky cocktail bar pulls off an over-the-top brunch extravaganza that has locals lining up for cocktails. Owner and famed mixologist Ariel Leizgold is known for his eccentric style with both food and drink. At Bellboy, the daytime feast includes mezze, fresh-baked bread, a main course (think pumpkin pancakes with lavender and bacon), and a cocktail (the Walk-of-Shame comes with rum, coffee, pumpkin, vanilla, Greek yogurt, citrus honey, cinnamon, and coconut oil) all for 120 shekels ($34). Reservations required. [$$]

Pumpkin pancakes at Bellboy
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Yaffo Tel Aviv

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Celebrity chef Haim Cohen is best known for shaping contemporary Israeli cuisine, drawing his inspiration from Tel Aviv and Jaffa, Europe and the Mediterranean, as well as nostalgia for his mom’s home cooking. At his restaurant Yaffo-Tel Aviv, the menu evolves according to what’s in season, but fresh fish from the tabun (clay oven) and handmade pastas take the lead here. [$$$]

The dining room at Yaffo
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HaMinzar (the Monastery) has been a local institution and beloved hangout since it opened in 1992. It has everything going for it: a prime location next to the Carmel Market, cheap booze, Israeli music, nostalgic kibbutz pub vibes, and a 24-hour operating schedule.  The look says dive bar, but the food — made from scratch using local ingredients — speaks to something more elevated in the kitchen. For dessert, stop next door to the Malabia for malabi, a custardy rose-water dessert topped with chopped peanuts and a sweet syrup. [$$]

Outdoor dining at Minzar
Photo by Adi Resnick

Carmel Market

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The crossroads for everything food in Tel Aviv, visit the Carmel Market to inhale a mosaic of smells from toasted spices to fresh-­baked bread. The stalls are filled with seasonal produce, piles of candy, mounds of halva, gold­-yellow baklava, and endless eateries. Near the entrance, stop at Uzi­Eli the Etrog Man’s shop, where you’ll find ­juices made from the yellow citron fruit, which is known for its healing properties. Oh, and bring cash.[$]

Spices at Carmel Market
Photo by Tzi Meller

HaBasta (הבסטה)

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Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Carmel Market lies this cozy restaurant and wine bar with a chilled-out vibe and rustic furniture. The daily-changing menu uses the freshest ingredients, plucked right from the bastas (market stalls) including seafood, homemade bread, cured fish, and an array of cooked salads. This local institution, frequented by the fashionable Tel Aviv crowd, boasts a popular Saturday brunch.

Cured fish and salad at HaBasta
Photo: HaBasta / Facebook

Arayes at M25

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Meat fanatics will meet their match at this no-­frills, tavern­-style eatery, which serves the best cuts from Meatmarket, a high-end butcher shop just next door. Sink your teeth into arayes — huge pitas jam-packed with ground lamb, and then thrown on the grill. Wash it down with a shot of arak, an anise­-flavored drink. [$$]

The no-frills dining room at M25
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Alena at The Norman

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The Norman hotel has long been among the city’s most luxe lodgings, and its multiple restaurants are all a cut above. Recently, however, chef Barak Aharoni transformed the haute Norman Brasserie into Alena, a slightly more casual bistro showcasing local ingredients and cuisine with influences from Southern France and Italy. For a fancy cocktail or just a snug spot to read a book, also check out the hotel’s beautifully designed Library Bar. [$$-$$$]

A dish at Alena
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Hotel Montefiore - הוטל מונטיפיורי

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Located in the posh Montefiore boutique hotel, this charming restaurant has become a local institution to see and be seen. Ruti and Mati Broudo of R2M restaurant group are known for their high standards for food and service at all of their ventures, and Montefiore is no exception. The plush room is as pretty as the plates — refined bistro classics with hints of Vietnamese cuisine that showcase the best of local ingredients. Breakfast is a destination every day of the week. [$$-$$$]

Pastries at Hotel Montefiore Photo by Tal Sivan Ziporin

Lunch at באנה - Bana

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Tel Aviv has a thriving vegan scene, and it’s fairly easy to find plant-based food on just about every menu. Bana stands out for its comforting dishes, like the Sloppy Beet, made of red mullet beans and burnt beets, and the roasted eggplant in a yellow pea stew with tahini and roasted pine nuts. The vibe is hip and “Tel Avivi, and an immense lunch selection features heaps of salads, legumes, vegetables, and house-made spelt rolls. The real stars are the sauces, which seem too velvety to be made without dairy. [$$]

The dining room at Bana
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California-born chef Rima Olvera is behind the menu at this fine dining favorite with a relaxed vibe. Olvera’s 30 years of experience and global sensibility can be seen in every wildly creative dish, which forego trends while still feeling thoroughly modern. Flavors from Sardinia to Vietnam wind their way through the menu, which changes nightly depending on what ingredients are at their peak. [$$$]

A dish at Oasis
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A favorite among local food and wine aficionados, this intimate wine bar offers a compact menu showcasing off­-cuts and pastas, as well as a wine list with more than 80 bottles from around the world. [$$$]

The dining room at Brut
Photo by Haim Yosef

Port Said

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This buzzy restaurant comes courtesy of celebrity chef Eyal Shani. His style is elevated simplicity, showcasing vegetables like whole-roasted cauliflower and serving up dishes such as masabaha (a chunkier version of hummus) with lima beans and spicy peppers, ratatouille with chopped egg and tahini, and hunks of fresh-baked bread. Chef Shani — who is known for forgoing plates and utensils for paper bags — has many spots around town; Port Said is his most lively, with a young crowd, thumping music, and tables spilling onto the sidewalk. [$$]

The dining room at Port Sa’id
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Late Night Pita Munch at Jasmino

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In Tel Aviv, late night munchies often means something meaty in a pita. Make like the locals and wait in the line at Jasmino, a hole-in-the-wall pita phenomenon that has the whole city up late. The menu is short, but its contents are bold: kebab, chicken sausages, and spicy veal hearts for the brave. Everything gets showered with tahini and topped with spicy amba (pickled mango sauce) and a heap of salad. The puffy pita alone is reason enough to make this your go-to nighttime spot. [$]

Pita at Jasmino
Photo: Jasmino / Facebook

Santa Katarina

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This gem, with its sophisticated, creative takes on Mediterranean food, is packed with irresistible details like the tabun (clay oven), all tied together with a relentlessly cool vibe. Try the fricassée — a deep­-fried Tunisian sandwich with preserved local red tuna, sweet pumpkin spread, a hardboiled egg, and mechouia (grilled vegetable salad) — while locals will tell you that the Jerusalem Bagel is also a must. [$$]

The eat-up bar at Santa Katarina
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Local star chef Yuval Ben Neriah surprises with a seafood­-driven small-plate journey through Southeast Asia at this award­-winning “Asiaterranean” restaurant. If nothing else, sit at the bar to try its creative cocktails, alongside pastry chef Ana Shapiro’s latest desserts, which nimbly combine sweet and savory: fresh fruit flavors with curry, exotic spices, and saffron discs. [$$$$]

Dumplings at Taizu
Photo by Ilya Melnikov

A romantic restaurant in the enchanting Neve Tzedek neighborhood, everything about Popina is experience-driven: the ingredients, immaculate plating, modernist techniques, and open kitchen. Chat with young gun chef Orel Kimchi and he will design a tasting menu (₪280) just for you. [$$$$]

The dining room at Popina
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Azura Restaurant

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When Jerusalem’s beloved Azura opened in Tel Aviv, it brought with it its superb homestyle take on Turkish-Jewish cuisine. In addition to classics like the “Azura” — roasted eggplant with minced meat and pine nuts in a cinnamon sauce — you’ll also find dishes influenced by the flavors of Syria, Iraq, and beyond. Rows upon rows of pots line the stove, each simmering with a different type of kibbeh, a meat-stuffed croquette cooked in a thick broth or sofrito. If you don’t have your own Sephardic safta, this place is the next best thing. [$]

A dish at Azura
Photo by Gigi Ben Artzi’

The Bar at Aria

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Aria’s first­-floor bar has a DJ mixing up beats for the crowd of young professionals, but the food from the upstairs restaurant is known for its meticulously plated seasonal produce, fine fish, and meat­. The cocktails are fun, like the Sesame Street: a sweet and sour blend of Ketel One Citron and Oranje, house-made limoncello and a twist of halva. [$$$]

The bar at Aria
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Saloof & Sons

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This bustling eatery serves up Yemenite favorites like malawach, a layered puff pastry served with grated tomatoes, hardboiled egg, and super­-spicy hot sauce, known as zhug. Also try jachnun, a traditional breakfast of rolled-up, buttery dough, lachuch (spongy flatbread), kubaneh (layered brioche-­like overnight dough), and hilbe (fenugreek) paste, which is considered an aphrodisiac. Communal seating puts you elbow­-to-­elbow with other diners, while the upbeat music makes this place a lively hub. [$]

A Yemenite spread at Saloof & Sons
Photo by Ronen Malhan

Ouzeria (אוזריה)

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A fun way to explore the vibrant evening scene in Tel Aviv is to hang out at one of the spots in the Levinski Market area like the lively Ouzeria. Nights are always bustling at this restaurant, which showcases Mediterranean dishes like calamari a la plancha, the must-try “Avigail’s cauliflower,” or shrimp sauteed with homemade sun-dried tomatoes. Snag a seat at the bar while you down some anise-flavored shots and take in the spirited music and the effervescent vibe. You can also check out at Ouzeria Next Door, the restaurant and bar next door with a similar buzz and fare to match. [$$]

A dish at Ouzeria
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OCD TLV

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Tel Aviv’s food scene is young, just like the people behind it. The 20-something Raz Rahav is an Instagram star turned acclaimed chef, and his detail-obsessed outlook has made OCD one of the best restaurants to hit the scene. This creative dining experience includes an eccentric nine-course tasting menu, each dish a wild palette of colors made up of numerous sauces and ingredient combinations, contemporary cuisine that pushes limits. It’s like dining at a private party with incredible service, an intimate tête–à–tête with 18 other diners. (Reservations are a must.) [$$$$]

A dessert at OCD TLV
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Located in Jaffa’s famed flea market, Shuk Hapishpeshim, Asia is one of the best places to soak up the vibrant energy of this part of the city. From the same owners of the popular Shaffa Bar next door, this funky sidewalk cafe highlights Southeast Asian flavors using superfresh local ingredients. Sunday through Friday, take a break from scouring the market’s awesome expanse of vintage clothes, jewelry, and more with a craft cocktail and colorful platter of handmade dumplings. [$$]

A vibrant dinner at Asia
Photo by Ohad Kaab

Onza, a popular bar and restaurant located in the bustling Shuk HaPishpeshim (Jaffa’s flea market) added a Turkish touch to the menu when the talented chef pair Arik Darhani and Muli Magriso took reins of the kitchen towards the end of 2016. The menu features mezze like cacik, a Turkish yogurt dip made with cucumbers, mint, and dill; and pacanga borek, a pastry filled with pastirma (a Turkish cured beef) and kashkaval cheese served alongside a spicy grape leaf version of zhug (a hot sauce) and warm, comforting eggplant yogurt dip. Come early and browse the flea market for second-hand goodies and check out the shops that showcase local Israeli fashion. [$$]

Mezze at Onza
Photo by Anatoly Michaello, courtesy of Onza

Bukharian Soup at Hanan Margilan

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Hidden in the unassuming neighborhood of Shapira, Hanan Margilan serves comfort in a bowl of Bukharian soup called dushpara — a thin, flavorful broth with light dumplings filled with meat, covered in fresh cilantro. Also try oshpolov (rice with carrot slices and beef) or manto (steamed dumplings filled with meat and onions). [Kosher] [$$]

Dushpara at Hanan Margilan
Photo by Keren Brown

Hummus at Abu Hassan (Ali Karavan)

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Far from fancy and always loud, but this place knows its hummus. For over 50 years, Abu Hassan has been the go­-to joint for this creamy chickpea staple. Mix-and­-match a fifty-fifty split of hummus and masabacha — a revved­-up version with warm, whole chickpeas on top. Be sure to arrive before 3 p.m., or risk missing out on this must-­try delight. [$]

Hummus at Abu Hassan
Photo by Haim Yosef

Double Standard

Bloody mary at Double Standard
Photo by Ziv Cohen

To understand the scope of Tel Aviv’s burgeoning cocktail scene, look no further than this dapper bar located on a mellower stretch of busy Dizengoff Street that caters to the cocktail-curious and -savvy alike. Never-before-seen concoctions with house-made mixers and kooky presentations (vessels include giant egg shells and even a bloody mary served in an IV bag) have made happy hour a scene. There’s even a cocktail delivery service, ensuring spot-on mojitos and margaritas anywhere in the city — even the beach. [$$]

Bloody mary at Double Standard
Photo by Ziv Cohen

Fish Tartare Wrapped in Avocado at שילה Shila

Dining room at Shila
Matan Katz

Over a decade after opening, chef Sharon Cohen’s bar and restaurant still hits all the right notes: an upbeat vibe, incredibly fresh seafood, and an energetic playlist. This is definitely the place to down shooters and sample the sought­-after fish tartare wrapped in avocado, or indulge in caviar and drink to your heart’s content. [$$$]