If you thought it was hard to get a table at Carbone, just wait until the new Major Food Group (MFG) venture opens in a few weeks.
The prolific Israeli chef / restaurateur Eyal Shani, owner of more than two dozen restaurants – from pita dishes to luxury matters – and a judge on the subject Israel Master, Brings his experiential Mediterranean restaurant to the former China Grill space in Miami Beach.
The salon opened in Tel Aviv in 2008, and serves prestigious performances of Israeli classics such as kebabs, grilled fish and salads – with a high energy component that includes singing and occasional chair dancing.
In 2019, an outpost of the living room opened in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York (there is also one in Ibiza). About the New York Living Room Resy page – Along with COVID’s general food regulations, there is dance advice:
The living room is an interactive dining experience. You may notice servers or a team of singers / dancers / performers. As our guest please do not climb on serving counters or bar stools to dance or stand. Please note that any voluntary dance on tables or chairs is at your choice and at your sole risk and is not encouraged by our staff. Dance, sing a drink, but please do so in a safe and sensible way. Thanks.
MFG partner, Jeff Zeleznik, narrates New times Take the dance chair with a hyssop grain. “The truth is that this is dinner. It is about the free nature of Israel. It is impossible to take everything for granted.”
Zelznik says he fell in love with Shani’s food and in the “living room” after spending time in Tel Aviv. Although most of Miami has yet to taste Shani’s food, Zeleznik commits to it. “If you ask any food critic or chef in Israel what the ten best restaurants are, eight of them will be two,” he says.
Shani was born in Jerusalem in 1959, fell in love with cooking through his grandfather, who took him to various farms and markets. In 1989, Shani opened the ocean in Jerusalem in a culinary style that focused on Mediterranean cooking ingredients: olive oil, fish, tahini, fresh seasonal vegetables and tomatoes.
Zeleznik says that although the kitchens are different, the living room reminded him in many ways of carbon. “The soul of the concept is so woven into what we do at Major Food Group. Carbone is a super elegant yet entertaining dining experience that serves colorful and fresh food. We take classic dishes and bring them to a higher level. That is what the food is in the ‘living room’.
He adds that an opening in the former China Grill space adds a layer of history to the restaurant. He describes going to China Grill as a teenager. “This arched tower was like a lighthouse for me. To open a restaurant you have to make a circle.”
When the Miami salon opens in mid-November, it will be very similar to the New York location: there are two seats each night. The early meeting (18:00 in New York) will offer a dining experience combined with classical music. A later meeting, around 20:30, achieves the atmosphere of the party, where anything from Israeli dance music to ABBA can be played.
However, do not let the party distract you from the food. The Miami menu is not yet available, but a New Yorker Review From the New York location he describes dishes like the “dinosaur,” a huge chunk of beef with bone, tender prawns and one peeled tomato, cut into cubes and “poured in olive oil and salt,” for $ 24.
“It was a very nice tomato, but, at that price, it should come with a massage and pedicure,” the critic tweeted.
The believers will probably not look at a $ 24 tomato if there is a chance to dine at the new “It” restaurant. The living room promises not to disappoint. In Tel Aviv, Zeleznik admits that the restaurant is an “epidemic” and that “there is a greater chance that you will talk to the president than get a table.”
If you’re still trying to figure out if the living room is an upscale kitchen or a dinner theater, Zeleznik recommends not putting the restaurant in an early box of any kind.
“Shani tries to create a place where you can have the best food without the austere nature of what fine food has become. If you go to Tel Aviv, part of the soul is that people eat, they talk and laugh. They stay. They dance. Shani shares some of his soul. with everyone”.
As the holidays approach, believers who love to see and be seen may consider asking Santa to book a place in the “living room.”
The living room. 404 Washington Ave., Miami Beach. hassalonnyc.com. Opening in mid-November 2021.