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“Delicious Israeli cuisine in the Magazine District”
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Ranked #6 of 2,081 Restaurants in New Orleans
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 10 - US$ 40
Cuisines: Israeli
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Garden District
Description: Shaya is an innovative restaurant with a warm and welcoming approach to the dining culture inspired by Chef Alon Shaya's Israeli upbringing. Chef Alon sees modern Israeli food as a grand mosaic, drawing influence from North Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Turkey and Greece. The food of Alon's heritage represents a country rich in diversity of cuisine and culture, inspired by years of tradition while also looking to its contemporary future. The menu at Shaya reflects the ongoing evolution of Israeli food, while celebrating the abundance of Louisiana and Alon's close relationships with local farmers, which he has fostered through his ongoing work with the Crescent City Farmer's Market. In keeping with the the ethos of all of the Besh restaurants, Shaya uses seasonal, responsibly- and locally-sourced ingredients.
Reviewed 23 September 2017

I had dinner here earlier this month with my wife and a friend of ours, as we were able to get in late evening on a Friday since it was a very slow week (right after Labor Day). We started with a cocktail at the bar while they readied a table for us on the patio, and the drinks were delicious.

Our night on the patio was great, our server Sarah was a treat, and the ambience and mild weather only made our meal better. We ordered about 5-6 dishes to get a good sampling since it was a first time for us all. The pita bread is baked to order and WOW is it excellent, especially with one of their hummus dishes. We also ordered the Ikra (caviar), Shakshouka, wood-roasted cabbage (amazing), and roasted chicken. Everything was really wonderful, with balance of flavors, acid and savory spices.

They have a well-rounded wine list to compliment the food with many choices from the Mediterranean and Middle East, so if there is something you're not familiar with, or want to try something outside of your comfort zone (recommended) like the Slovenian pinot grigio we enjoyed, just ask your server or the sommelier for a suggestion.

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

A quaint place that has a homey vibe and an interesting cocktail menu. The tables are really close together, so my only complaint is that it felt crowded when completely full (which it was on both nights that I ate there). The good food was totally worth it, though. I will definitely return there th next time that I'm in NOLA.

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Reviewed 21 September 2017

We had a lovely dinner here on our recent trip to New Orleans. It was a welcome break from all the creole cuisine we had eaten throughout the week and I'm so glad it was recommended. We had the steak and lamb (hard to say which was better) and the pita bread and starters were divine! Also surprisingly not a bad beer list!

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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

If you've ever been to Israel you'll know there are different types of Israeli food... each type passed down by Jews who emigrated from different parts of the world with kitchens that were often quite different from one another.

The kitchen represented in Shaya is tainted by influences of the Arab world. While that's excellent for dishes like falafel or babaganush, serving Matzoh ball chicken soup with Arab style spices in the soup is blasphemy! Don't give me a latke that's been "israelified" with cumin in the recipe.

Serve Eastern European Jewish food the way it was designed, don't "update" to more closely identify with your palate if your palate is not Eastern European. It's like ruining pizza by adding spaghetti on top in an effort to make the food more Italian.

The pita was excellent, but it wasn't authentic, no, it was a "New and improved" version of a food that's been a staple for thousands of years.

Oh, one more thing... the restaurant is grossly overpriced.

Thank combopr
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Hurry...Shaya is even better than the reviews. I could live on the warm pita bread alone. Take the recommendations from the wait staff. They know what they're doing and are gracious without being overbearing. The food takes you strait to the Middle East while you're sitting on Magazine Street in NOLA. The house made cocktails are fresh and potent. Make sure to order one of the varieties of hummus. You won't be disappointed. And, you can always walk over to Peaches records while you wait.

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1  Thank GHO104
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