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The Facts
NAME: Basta
IT'S: A Mediterranean fusion restaurant in Manhattan

07-02-2018

OPENED: February 07th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Chef Raz Shabtai, and sous chefs Aiden Axelrad (Nur, Messa Tel Aviv), Itamar Lewensohn (Nur, Raphael) and Hai Avnaim (Raphael)
DID YOU KNOW: Every morning an inspector visits the restaurant to ensure that the Kosher standards are being upheld
LOCATION: Midtown
ADDRESS: 62 East 34th Street, NY 10016
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 33rd Street
OPENING TIMES: Monday–Thursday 12pm–4pm & 6pm–10.30pm; Sunday 6pm–10.30pm
CONTACT: Phone: 917 261 7352
RESERVATIONS: Yes

Basta

OPENED910 DAYS AGO

Israeli chef Raz Shabtai has opened a Mediterranean fusion restaurant in Manhattan.

Basta will blend influences from Morocco, North Africa, Turkey, France and Italy, and each dish is completely Kosher.

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The Spot:

After cooking at some of the finest restaurants in Israel (Le Relais Jaffa and Raphael) and being part of the opening team at Nur, chef Raz Shabtai is happy to be creating his very own “home away from home” at his first solo venture. The space is light and colorful, with natural influences including hanging garlic garlands, wooden tables, and fresh fruits and vegetables displayed in a glass counter. Antique touches appear too, like brass lamps and a vintage counting device. The kitchen is open and the brick oven cooking house breads and pizzas is in the front of the restaurant – we love a space where you can stare at your food as it’s cooking.

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The Food:

No Mediterranean meal can ever start without bread and dips, so it’s only fitting Basta serves their za’atar spiced bread with an impressive line-up, including three-paprika aioli, Yemenite tomato, tahini, and lebanne cheese. Second courses take a more inventive route, featuring The Tunisian Dish (two Moroccan cigars stuffed with branzini and sea bass) and The Pizza Bandora (Shabtai’s signature pizza with za’atar), as well as a classic shakshuka with spicy tomato sauce.

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There’s plenty more comfort food on the menu, too, including bass over fried gnocchi and halloumi cheese, haraime fish with couscous and fingerling potatoes, and mushroom ravioli with steak. Dessert is more traditional Israeli fare, offering Malabi (milk pudding) with pistachio cream, rose water, cardamom, cinnamon, coconut and raw tahini.

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The Drinks:

Basta is still waiting for a license, but soft drinks include Pellegrino and Mexican Code.

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The Damage:

The cost of a meal at Basta depends on how big your feast is, with appetizers starting at $12 and main courses varying between $32 and $45.

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In a Nutshell:

With so many great Mediterranean spots in the city, it’s safe to say that the competition is tough. But Chef Shabtai’s cooking experience at the highly renowned restaurants Le Relais Jaffa and Raphael is definitely promising, and we’re pleased to see that everything on the menu is creative and Kosher.

The Facts
NAME: Basta
IT'S: A Mediterranean fusion restaurant in Manhattan

07-02-2018

OPENED: February 07th, 2018
WHO'S BEHIND IT: Chef Raz Shabtai, and sous chefs Aiden Axelrad (Nur, Messa Tel Aviv), Itamar Lewensohn (Nur, Raphael) and Hai Avnaim (Raphael)
DID YOU KNOW: Every morning an inspector visits the restaurant to ensure that the Kosher standards are being upheld
LOCATION: Midtown
ADDRESS: 62 East 34th Street, NY 10016
CLOSEST SUBWAY: 33rd Street
OPENING TIMES: Monday–Thursday 12pm–4pm & 6pm–10.30pm; Sunday 6pm–10.30pm
CONTACT: Phone: 917 261 7352
RESERVATIONS: Yes

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