Celebrated Middle Eastern food chef Einat Admony will turn her attention to couscous next week, opening the highly anticipated Kish-Kash in the West Village on Monday, June 18. Admony, who also owns falafel hit Taïm and Israeli restaurant Bar Bolonat, is focusing here on hand-rolled and -sieved Moroccan couscous, making that the star served alongside North African Jewish braised meats and fish.
Specifically, lemon chicken tagine, slow-cooked lamb, fish in spicy tomato sauce, and spicy stewed vegetables are options along with the couscous. It’s a slim menu that puts the onus on the grain, for which Admony has received heaping praise. A Times profile last year called it “airy,” “soft,” and “fluffy.” It’s a laborious process that takes about three hours and involves rolling the grain by hand and adding water slowly at varying temperatures.
Other items on the menu include sides such as mashed pumpkin and pickled vegetables, starters like hummus and salad, and a debla cookie, scented with orange flower water, for dessert. The full menu is below.
It’s a casual restaurant with prices to match: Lamb with dried fruit, the most expensive option, rings in at $21, while the stewed vegetables — turnip, pumpkin, carrot, potato, and chickpeas — are $12. During the day, orders are taken at the counter, while tables have waiter service at night in the 30-seat space.
Admony has a reputation for food that catches on, particularly with her 13-year-old fast-casual falafel shop Taïm, which opened up in a food hall in Midtown East this spring and has secured funding for two more locations. It’s not all been smooth sailing for the chef, though, who closed Soho restaurant Combina and Nolita restaurant Balaboosta, though she’s looking for another space for Balaboosta.
Stay tuned for photos of the Kish-Kash space at 455 Hudson St. between Barrow and Morton streets.