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Blockbuster: Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook Sign a Lease Inside Chelsea Market

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Major win for New York City.

[Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov]
[Steve Cook and Michael Solomonov]
Nick Solares

Philadelphia superstars Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook have finally found a space for their first New York restaurant. An eagle-eyed tipster spotted a sign on the window of a Chelsea Market kiosk indicating a business license application for "DZGF2, D/B/A Dizengoff LLC." A rep for Solomonov and Cook confirms that they have signed the lease on a space inside the market. Steve Cook recently remarked that they were scoping out spaces and "trying to figure out how people pay rent here." Now they've found a prime piece of real estate inside one of New York's most popular markets.

The duo has not released any specific details about the restaurant, but judging by the name and recent remarks made by Cook, this will most likely be an outpost of Dizengoff. The original restaurant in Philly serves set meals of hummus, fresh-baked pita, salad, and pickles, for $9 to $11. That restaurant is a spinoff, of sorts, of the team's trailblazing Israeli restaurant Zahav, where mosts guests start their meals with a similar course of hummus, salad, and lafa.

Solomonov and Cook also operate the modern Jewish restaurant Abe Fisher and Texas-style barbecue joint Percy Street, as well as the Federal Donuts chain, specializing in doughnuts and fried chicken. Last year, Solomonov received the Eater Award for Chef of the Year for his work at these establishments.

Stay tuned for more details on the new Chelsea Market project as they become available.

Check out the Eater Upsell The Upsell features Greg Morabito and Helen Rosner discussing all things food with some of the most inspiring minds in the industry. In this episode, they are joined by Michael Solomonov to talk about his food, writing and his potential expansion to New York City.

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