611 Hudson St.
A “balaboosta,” according to the restaurant’s website, is the perfect housewife and mother, “the fearless emotional center of her family, who makes sure her table is not only full of gorgeous food, but also full of friends, love, laughter.” This West Village eatery does indeed embody that ethos. Chef Einat Admony, known for her famous falafel at Taïm and North African fare at Kish-Kash, and her partner, Stefan Nafgizer, serve up a tantalizing modern Israeli menu, which is complimented by a robust selection of Israeli wines. Favorites from the menu include the Skirt Steak with dry rub, cherry tomato vinaigrette, and crushed potatoes; the Quinoa Crusted Salmon with spinach, yogurt, and green s’chug; and a wonderful collection of appetizers and dips. The space itself is as bright and buzzy as it is homey and welcoming, with ample wood and white set off by an eye-catching, modern mural featuring a balaboosta herself.