• Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Nur - Your New Brunch Spot
October 31, 2018
By , Founder and Editor-in-chief

Good for: Groups of friends and date night. Also great for a long weekend brunch, where they do a $42 feast, and food just keeps on coming.

 

Atmosphere: Lively and always bustling, but you can still have a conversation. You need a reservation, unless you want to roll the dice for an open spot or two at the bar on the later side. Otherwise, Nur is always packed.

 

Why we like it: The dining room is pleasant enough, but it’s the staff’s passion and knowledge of the food and the excellent cuisine that have us sold. Portions are generous and meant to be shared. If you can get at least four, with the optimal size of six to join, you can pretty much cover most of what’s on the menu. It’s a place you will want to add to your roster of repeat restaurants. Nur is maybe one of the best (if not best) Israeli/Middle Eastern restaurant in the city.

 

What to order: The eggplant, will change your expectations of eggplant forever. It’s essentially an eggplant carpaccio, sliced super thin, roasted, and then set as the base for a combination of feta, tahini, rose water and pistachios. Pair it with either the Jerusalem bagel, (a massive sesame oblong shaped version that is typical of Israel), or the brioche — like kubaneh, which is served with a schug and grated tomato dip. It’s the closest most of us will ever get to Yemen. We also love the ceviche, in which the bread is also instrumental in scooping up every last bit of sauce. If you’re two people, order three appetizers, one of the breads and one main.