This cafe is currently closed
Tel Aviv used to be Shaun Williams and Di and Will Keser’s ode to the New York City subway – Bowery to Williamsburg. They rebranded the venue in early 2017, following a trip to Israel.
Tel Aviv is also modelled on a restaurant called Miznon, which has branches in Tel Aviv and Paris. Miznon serves unforgettably soft, filled pitas, and similarly memorable char-roasted vegetables (such as whole caramelised cauliflower). Similar renditions of both are on the menu at Tel Aviv.
As well as pitas (wood fired by a local baker) stuffed with everything from haloumi and breaded eggplant, to beef kofta, the menu includes a range of salads, such as fatoush and a Middle Eastern grain salad. For breakfast and brunch there’s porridge made from Israeli cous cous with vanilla, rosewater, orange blossom and roasted peaches; Bircher made from freekeh; French toast made with challah; and five different types of shakshuka.
Drinks include the usual suspects – teas, Padre coffee, juices – alongside house-made mint lemonade and fresh sweet-mint tea.
There are boxes of garden herbs in the window, and Israeli products that are used in the kitchen scattered throughout the space.
The display case is filled with locally produced Turkish delight and baklava, and house-made cakes using traditional Middle Eastern recipes.