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Eyal Shani, Israeli celebrity chef and international restaurateur. Photo: courtesy

One of the most famous chefs in Israel, in the world too, already has a footprint in Manhattan, but now Eyal Shani is expanding into Hell’s Kitchen with two new places to eat that will focus on Mediterranean and Israeli foods, according to the New York Post. Eager eaters will have to wait, but not for too much longer because the food establishments will open up in the springtime, giving everyone one more reason to be excited for the warmer weather. In the meantime, anyone looking for a good meal inspired by Shani can go bundle up inside where it’s warm at his place in Chelsea Market.

The Masterchef judge is best known for his basic setup that even includes getting food in a paper bag instead of on a plate and with utensils, and the food is fantastic. Shani has deep roots, being a ninth-generation Jerusalemite according to the New York Post, and he brings those deep roots to his spot in Chelsea Market and puts that love and knowledge into every meal.

For anyone who doesn’t want to venture down to Chelsea Market, two locations will open up soon in the Upper West Side and Hell’s Kitchen. The first spot, at 161 W. 72nd St., will be more formal than his street-food fare at Chelsea Market, with areas available for sitting down while eating. The Hell’s Kitchen establishment will be inspired by the Tel Aviv restaurant he operates.

The Jewish Voice wrote about Shani’s restaurant in Tel Aviv. Port Sa’id is a vibrant, buzzing restaurant and bar where Shani serves up simple but tasty food.

Top picks include a carton of sour cream turned upside down in a bowl of tomato sauce with slices of challah bread; garlicky green beans served in a paper bag; whole roasted sweet potatoes and minute-steak slices. For dessert, there’s chocolate mousse or malabi Middle Eastern pudding.

New Yorkers already eat in packed eateries and smush together on trains and buses. Now they’ll have a better chance to do it in a more civilized manner and with some world-class food at very reasonable prices, unlike a midtown steakhouse. The music will be loud though, which could turn off some customers but will surely attract anyone who wants to be where the action and the great food is.

This full-scale restaurant can be found by the Skyline Hotel at 725 10th Ave. on 49th Street, once it opens its doors and lets guests into a little slice of Tel Aviv in Midtown West. The original Tel Aviv restaurant dates back to 2011, and since that spot took off, now the celebrity chef from Israel has reached different corners of the world, including the biggest city in the word. He has locations in Paris, Vienna, and Australia to name a few.

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