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17 Superb Shakshukas in NYC

Whether traditional or not, the Middle Eastern egg dish has never been better

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The question isn’t why has shakshuka become so popular in New York City, but rather why did it take so long? The North African dish, in which eggs are poached in a stew of tomatoes, has no single authentic recipe. It’s a typical breakfast in Israel, but it’s become more visible among interesting brunch spots here in town, Middle Eastern or otherwise, likely because it’s health-conscious yet undeniably delicious. Here’s a list of the places across the city doing the best things with the classic.

Note: This list is arranged geographically, north through south from Manhattan to Brooklyn.

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1. La Shuk

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1569 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10029
(212) 289-0089
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The Moroccan restaurant in East Harlem offers a truly bountiful green shakshuka for $15, available during brunch. It comes with not only spinach and feta cheese, but also a salad, hummus, and pita on the side. It’s a meal and then some.

La Shuk
La Shuk
La Shuk

2. Hummus Place

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305 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 799-3335
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The namesake chickpea dip is of course the focus at the humble Manhattan mini-chain, but it also serves a notable shakshuka that can be topped with halloumi, an underutilized salty cheese similar to paneer. The impossibly creamy hummus makes for a perfect side. There’s an additional location in the West Village.

Hummus Place
Hummus Place
Hummus Place

3. Dizengoff

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75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011
(646) 833-7097
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The fast-casual import from Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook adds artful twists to hummus, but for breakfast, shakshuka is the thing to get, served with piping-hot, homemade za’atar-spiced pita.

4. Taboonette

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30 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 510-7881
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The Union Square-area outpost of Taboon in Hell’s Kitchen offers counter-service Mediterranean standards, including an excellent all-day shakshuka that can be served in a pan or wrapped up in a sandwich.

Taboonette
Taboonette
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5. Timna

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109 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009
(646) 964-5181
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Chef Nir Mesika’s East Village restaurant offers creative spins on Israeli dishes, including a shakshuka at brunch that’s made luxuriously creamy with a slow-cooked tomato base, tahini, and peppers.

6. Local 92

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92 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003
(212) 432-2232
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Israeli chef Shai Zvibak’s East Village hummus bar does the simple things right, including a shakshuka that comes in a cast-iron skillet, with eggs melting into a mix of fresh tomatoes and canned San Marzano varieties. It’s a luscious dip for the house-baked challah.

Local 92
Local 92
Local 92

7. Spiegel

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26 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10009
(212) 228-2894
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The inviting cafe, which brings Israeli food to the historically Jewish Lower East Side, serves a remarkable shakshuka, with eggs practically submerged in a deep-red stew. Tahini and pita come on the side.

Spiegel
Spiegel
Spiegel

8. Balaboosta

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214 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 966-7366
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Balaboosta, from chef-owner Einat Admony, didn’t quite bring shakshuka to Manhattan when it opened in Nolita in 2016, but it helped unfamiliar locals fall in love. Its brunch menu highlights the dish with a traditional version that can be topped with merguez sausage, as well as a “yellow” shakshuka made with coconut milk.

Balaboosta
Balaboosta
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9. Jack's Wife Freda

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224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 510-8550
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Shakshuka welcomes many different interpretations. The one at Jack’s Wife Freda, which helped the bistro get attention, is proof. Two baked eggs come swimming in bright, acidic tomatillo sauce, rather than red sauce. Challah toast helps round out the comforting daytime item. There’s an additional location in the West Village, and another coming in Chelsea.

A spread of dishes including green shakshuka, fruit-topped waffle, salad with halloumi cheese, and fries
Jack’s Wife Freda
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10. Nish Nush

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88 Reade St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 964-1318
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This Tribeca joint is known for its delicately balanced falafel pita, but shakshuka is also a standout with its just-spicy-enough tomato sauce enlivened with jalapeños. There’s an additional location on John Street.

Nish Nush
Nish Nush
Nish Nush

11. 12 Chairs Cafe

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342 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 227-7077
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The small cafe serving Middle Eastern staples makes an unfussy shakshuka for breakfast that’s supplemented by the optional Bulgarian feta cheese. The included Israeli salad is a bonus. There’s an additional location in Soho.

12 Chairs Cafe
12 Chairs Cafe
12 Chairs Cafe

12. Zizi Limona

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129 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 763-1463
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The Williamsburg Mediterranean restaurant makes shakshuka accessible day and night, but the best time to get it is at dinner, when the thick, rich stew is studded with eggplant.

Zizi Limona
Zizi Limona
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13. Queen of Falafel

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2 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237
(718) 504-8628
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The quick service-oriented cafe tucked away in the Bushwick nightlife venue House of Yes specializes in shakshuka on the go. The eggs in a spicy harissa tomato sauce can be packed into a fluffy regular or whole-wheat pita.

Queen of Falafel
Queen of Falafel
Queen of Falafel

14. EastWick

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112 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(347) 987-3188
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EastWick is a gourmet American diner by way of the Mediterranean, an unexpected delight on the edge of Williamsburg and Bushwick. The shakshuka at brunch fits the bill: eggs in a tomato and bell pepper sauce with an uncommon topping of parmesan cheese and arugula.

15. Miss Ada

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184 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205
(917) 909-1023
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Chef Tomer Blechman, formerly of Bar Bolonat and Maialino, opened this Fort Greene space in 2017, drawing on Middle Eastern influences with individualistic touches. The traditional shakshuka is nevertheless impeccably executed, and it gets a refreshing bite from goat cheese and a heaping pile of torn parsley.

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Miss Ada
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16. Miriam

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79 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217
(718) 622-2250
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The Park Slope mainstay has long served fans of Middle Eastern food with heaps of flavor, and the Mexican-inspired green shakshuka at brunch there remains a standout. Made with tomatillos, poblanos, and cilantro, it also comes with a side of pita.

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17. Mimi's Hummus

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1209 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218
(718) 284-4444
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In Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park, Mimi’s is a low-key haven of Middle Eastern specialties, including a special shakshuka made with roasted tomatoes and spiced with cinnamon for a sweet-savory combination. There’s an additional Midtown location.

Mimi’s Hummus
Mimi’s Hummus
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1. La Shuk

1569 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10029
La Shuk
La Shuk
La Shuk

The Moroccan restaurant in East Harlem offers a truly bountiful green shakshuka for $15, available during brunch. It comes with not only spinach and feta cheese, but also a salad, hummus, and pita on the side. It’s a meal and then some.

1569 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10029

2. Hummus Place

305 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10023
Hummus Place
Hummus Place
Hummus Place

The namesake chickpea dip is of course the focus at the humble Manhattan mini-chain, but it also serves a notable shakshuka that can be topped with halloumi, an underutilized salty cheese similar to paneer. The impossibly creamy hummus makes for a perfect side. There’s an additional location in the West Village.

305 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10023

3. Dizengoff

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Read Review |

The fast-casual import from Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook adds artful twists to hummus, but for breakfast, shakshuka is the thing to get, served with piping-hot, homemade za’atar-spiced pita.

75 9th Ave
New York, NY 10011

4. Taboonette

30 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003
Taboonette
Taboonette
Taboonette/Facebook

The Union Square-area outpost of Taboon in Hell’s Kitchen offers counter-service Mediterranean standards, including an excellent all-day shakshuka that can be served in a pan or wrapped up in a sandwich.

30 E 13th St
New York, NY 10003

5. Timna

109 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Chef Nir Mesika’s East Village restaurant offers creative spins on Israeli dishes, including a shakshuka at brunch that’s made luxuriously creamy with a slow-cooked tomato base, tahini, and peppers.

109 St Marks Pl
New York, NY 10009

6. Local 92

92 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
Local 92
Local 92
Local 92

Israeli chef Shai Zvibak’s East Village hummus bar does the simple things right, including a shakshuka that comes in a cast-iron skillet, with eggs melting into a mix of fresh tomatoes and canned San Marzano varieties. It’s a luscious dip for the house-baked challah.

92 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10003

7. Spiegel

26 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009
Spiegel
Spiegel
Spiegel

The inviting cafe, which brings Israeli food to the historically Jewish Lower East Side, serves a remarkable shakshuka, with eggs practically submerged in a deep-red stew. Tahini and pita come on the side.

26 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10009

8. Balaboosta

214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
Balaboosta
Balaboosta
Daniel Krieger

Balaboosta, from chef-owner Einat Admony, didn’t quite bring shakshuka to Manhattan when it opened in Nolita in 2016, but it helped unfamiliar locals fall in love. Its brunch menu highlights the dish with a traditional version that can be topped with merguez sausage, as well as a “yellow” shakshuka made with coconut milk.

214 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

9. Jack's Wife Freda

224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
A spread of dishes including green shakshuka, fruit-topped waffle, salad with halloumi cheese, and fries
Jack’s Wife Freda
Photo via Jack’s Wife Freda

Shakshuka welcomes many different interpretations. The one at Jack’s Wife Freda, which helped the bistro get attention, is proof. Two baked eggs come swimming in bright, acidic tomatillo sauce, rather than red sauce. Challah toast helps round out the comforting daytime item. There’s an additional location in the West Village, and another coming in Chelsea.

224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

10. Nish Nush

88 Reade St, New York, NY 10013
Nish Nush
Nish Nush
Nish Nush

This Tribeca joint is known for its delicately balanced falafel pita, but shakshuka is also a standout with its just-spicy-enough tomato sauce enlivened with jalapeños. There’s an additional location on John Street.

88 Reade St
New York, NY 10013

11. 12 Chairs Cafe

342 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
12 Chairs Cafe
12 Chairs Cafe
12 Chairs Cafe

The small cafe serving Middle Eastern staples makes an unfussy shakshuka for breakfast that’s supplemented by the optional Bulgarian feta cheese. The included Israeli salad is a bonus. There’s an additional location in Soho.

342 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

12. Zizi Limona

129 Havemeyer St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Zizi Limona
Zizi Limona
Edgar B./Yelp

The Williamsburg Mediterranean restaurant makes shakshuka accessible day and night, but the best time to get it is at dinner, when the thick, rich stew is studded with eggplant.

129 Havemeyer St
Brooklyn, NY 11211

13. Queen of Falafel

2 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237
Queen of Falafel
Queen of Falafel
Queen of Falafel

The quick service-oriented cafe tucked away in the Bushwick nightlife venue House of Yes specializes in shakshuka on the go. The eggs in a spicy harissa tomato sauce can be packed into a fluffy regular or whole-wheat pita.

2 Wyckoff Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11237

14. EastWick

112 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11206

EastWick is a gourmet American diner by way of the Mediterranean, an unexpected delight on the edge of Williamsburg and Bushwick. The shakshuka at brunch fits the bill: eggs in a tomato and bell pepper sauce with an uncommon topping of parmesan cheese and arugula.

112 Graham Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11206

15. Miss Ada

184 Dekalb Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Miss Ada
Miss Ada
Miss Ada

Chef Tomer Blechman, formerly of Bar Bolonat and Maialino, opened this Fort Greene space in 2017, drawing on Middle Eastern influences with individualistic touches. The traditional shakshuka is nevertheless impeccably executed, and it gets a refreshing bite from goat cheese and a heaping pile of torn parsley.

184 Dekalb Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205

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16. Miriam

79 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Miriam Photo via Miriam/Facebook

The Park Slope mainstay has long served fans of Middle Eastern food with heaps of flavor, and the Mexican-inspired green shakshuka at brunch there remains a standout. Made with tomatillos, poblanos, and cilantro, it also comes with a side of pita.

79 5th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11217

17. Mimi's Hummus

1209 Cortelyou Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11218
Mimi’s Hummus
Mimi’s Hummus
Mimi’s Hummus/Facebook

In Brooklyn’s Ditmas Park, Mimi’s is a low-key haven of Middle Eastern specialties, including a special shakshuka made with roasted tomatoes and spiced with cinnamon for a sweet-savory combination. There’s an additional Midtown location.

1209 Cortelyou Rd
Brooklyn, NY 11218

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