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Hi - Going with the family next week for a trip to Israel, primarily Jersalem. Any new suggestions?


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  1. 1868 as always - and check out Ethio-Israel and Kohinoor.

    1. first check out eluna.com then i would say joy is always good, as is canela though along with 1868 is probably one of the more expensive restaurants in Jerusalem, La Boca is also supposed to be pretty good.

      1. Agree - eluna is a great bet...

        Yoja is also great.

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        1. re: KosherNY

          Was just there.

          Was not impressed AT ALL with Yoja (although the apple dessert is AMAZING).

          Had a great meal at Cafe Rimon. Took my son and five of his friends. Don't order too much because the portions are large and the pita they put on hte table (after you order!) is fantastic and comes with several dips and can easily fill you up. MAKE RESERVATIONS as the night I went (Sunday) they were packed!

          1. re: hanistor

            I will second the rec for Cafe Rimon. My cousin led us to a good dinner there in the summer of '05. It is near Ben Yehuda St. We- my husband and 2 teenaged kids, and my cousin, enjoyed it very much. I felt that I was really in a restaurant filled with Israelis--not just tourists.

            We also had a good lunch at a dairy cafe in her neighborhood, Old Katamon. The main commercial street, whose name escapes me now, has several good restaurants as well as interesting shops.

            My husband and I had a late supper one night at the restaurant right underneath the Cinemateq (sp), down the hill from our hotel, the Mt. Zion (which has a great breakfast and excellent Shabbat dinner & luncheon). The view of the Old City was lovely, the sandwiches were good and the service was o.k.

            There is also the falafel stand on the corner across from the entrance to the Cardo. Our cousins from the West Bank took us there. I believe I got to have some sort of eggplant salad on my falafel. Delicious, messy, great. There is an excellent ice cream shop across the street.

            When we were with our tour group, we had a wonderful luncheon at a place called the 3 Arches, in the Old City. The luncheon was catered for us, but I do not know if it is open as a restaurant for dinner or not.
            Enjoy. Have a wonderful time, p.j.

            1. re: p.j.

              And even cooler, they are open 24 hours a day and have a meat side and milk side AND deliver! Ate there tonight!
              I love this country! Rivky

              1. re: p.j.

                Shalom! I am very unexpectedly accompanying a friend to Jerusalem for a week's visit in mid-November. Time to revive this thread.
                Looking for inexpensive to moderately-priced but delicious food. Ambience not important.
                Any recent suggestions for Jerusalem? Pastries? Ice cream? Falafel? Chocolate?
                We will be staying at the Prima King's Hotel, in the center of the city.
                Open to all kinds of adventurous ideas, tasty ideas.
                Thanks, p.j.

                1. re: p.j.

                  Just came back from Jerusalem. Luigi's was GREAT, in town and business lunch special was fantastic. Buffalo Steak House on Emek was also fantastic and well priced. Shabbat at Sheraton is always great food. KFC in Kinyon Malchah was much to be desired, left an aftertaste. Wafel Bar near Citadel David was unbelieveable!


                  1. re: p.j.

                    I live in Jerusalem but I am trying to save my money :)

                    I love Tzion Hakatan on Yad Harutzim in Talpiot. Grilled meats on a plate, but there is a quick to-go ordering if you want meat in a pita or lafa and don't want to sit. Turnover is very fast and the food is fresh, and the place is frequented by locals because it is not in a touristy area. Not open on Shabbat. Hummus Talpiot is right across the street-yummy hummus, falafel, schwarma, etc. Very cheap.

                    You will be arriving during the sufganiya season! All bakeries should be making them. I live near Burekas Ima on Rechov Rivka and everything their is good. Of course go for the bureaks but the doughnuts and pastries are yummy. Good traveling food.

                    Any of the grilled meat restaurants on Aggripas are good. Ima is probably the nicest (and most espensive).

                    On Rechov Shamai directly behind the Bank Hapoalim in Kikar Tzion is Babet's. Babet's makes Belgian waffles (and only waffles) with toppings. Each waffle costs 17-24 shekels.

                    Aldo on Emek Refaim has good ice cream but pricey NIS 10 for a single-scoop cone. I don't usually buy ice cream anywhere because I don't want to pay such high prices.

                    I confess I like the Aroma chain :). They are all over.

                    My roommate worships JOY on Emek Refaim. I've never been. Every restaurant on Emek Refaim, with the exception of McD and Evo Burger, is kosher.

                    Let me know if you have any questions (or need a guide)

                    1. re: JudgeMaven

                      Thank you so much for your thoughtful and helpful response. We are looking for non-touristy, cheap and tasty.
                      On my last trip, I managed not to gain much weight. But that was NOT in sufganiyot season. Oh oh! Sounds like delicious danger!
                      Aroma is supposed to be good--thanks for the affirmation.
                      Take care, and I hope you had a good Shabbat,

                      1. re: p.j.

                        Thank you! Have a great flight and enjoy the food! Let me know if you need any more help, suggestions, etc.!!

                        1. re: p.j.

                          Hi PJ,
                          Just wondering how your trip was and where you ate!

              2. If you like fish, there is a restaurant called "Ahavat haYam" above the Paz petrol station across from Kraft Stadium. A place to stay away from in my opinion is Vaquiero. I had a horrible experience and many friends of mine have also had bad experiences there. If you like Indian food try Almora. Heard good things about it.

                They opened about six months ago a Leonidas chocolate shop. The Belgian chocolates are definently a take home gift.

                The Dublin Pub is a great place to head out if you won't be with the kids in the evening.

                1. Ragu. FLeishigs Italian and delicious wines. Great price and you can get a 10% off cupon on eluna.com its on derech beit lechem. Its amazing!

                  1. Sheyan is my current favorite in Jerusalem.
                    8 Ramban St.

                    1. Hess is supposed to be for serious meat eaters.
                      For fast food- Burgers Bar is good.
                      Cafe Rimon is good and around the corner is nice, dairy, cafe.
                      If you're into veggie- Village Green can work.

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                      1. re: whitewater

                        The main advantages of Rimon are that it's open 24/6, it's central, and it has both meat and dairy menus so you can arrange with people to meet there and then decide what kind of food to have. Last time I was there with someone we had actually sat down at a dairy table and been given water and menus, and then someone else joined us but wanted meat, so we just apologised to the waitress, got up, and sat at a meat table. There aren't many places you can do that.

                        The disadvantages are that it ain't cheap, the food is fine but nothing to write home about (well, perhaps a small postcard), and it's, well, a tourist trap. And they had that poisoning plot a few years ago.

                        1. re: whitewater

                          Hess is for those with seriously deep pockets or large bank accounts.

                          Burger Bar never impressed me.

                          Village Green is on my list....and I found Cafe Rimon to be very touristy.

                        2. For vegetarians, the Village GReen is great, but there are alos lots of great dairy restaurants. Little Italy on Keren HaYesod is delicious. TImol Shilshom is a really quaint out of the way place with good food. 1868 has a dairy restaurant on Derech Beit Lechem, excellent and artistic but pricey. Babbette has great waffles. I agree on Aldo on Emek, excellent ice cream. There is now an Arcaffe on Rehov Hillel, voted best almond croissants in Israel.
                          For meat, La Boca is good, their chicken salad is my favorite in J'lem, it has a great silan dressing, roasted yams, corn and a lot of different veggies. Joy Bar is loved by many, I have had a few off meals there.
                          My favorite restaurant in Jerusalem is La Guta, they are always classy and perfectionist with their food. It is worth every agura.
                          Darna is an experience.

                          A note about ELuna, it is great for the coupon, but know that they don't post any negative reviews or comments about restaurants!

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                          1. re: peacepug

                            Second the endorsement of Tmol Shilshom. It's a lovely space, friendly staff, and good food. No need to bring a book - they have plenty.

                          2. Red Heifer best upscale steakhouse in jerusalem try the liver as an appetiezer and the steak filet was awesome

                            shayen save your money.

                            Angelos the best dairy in jerusalem thier homemade pasta is awesome.

                            Hess the dried meats and deli platter great the pate platter great was not impressed with their steaks.

                            1886 great food for the price expected better

                            Massive Shwarma by the tachana merkuzit (central bus station)must try their chazti chazti awesome

                            i was in jerusalem for a year and half so pretty much tried every restaurant hit me back for specifics have an awesome time