Our guide to dining out in Tel Aviv
You’re in Tel Aviv so you’ll have to indulge in plenty of hummus. There is hummus everywhere, and it is nothing like what you get at home. In tiny storefronts where slabs of meat for gyros lazily turn, order one with everything and enjoy a pita bulging with hummus, falafel, vegetables, and french fries all thrown in with a gush of sauce. Enjoy and complain about how it’s not like this at home—everyone does.
When you’ve shopped until almost dropping at the flea market and tiny boutiques and antique stores of Jaffa, grab a brilliant hummus plate or other vegetarian fare at Pua, a funky, bohemian coffee house with mismatched tea sets and frilly curtains amid the kitschy clutter. It is in an old residence and feels like you’re visiting a crazy aunt (who makes a wicked espresso).
If you’re in a beach state of mind but still want upscale dining, Benjamin Siegel is a clubby-feeling, wood-paneled seafood restaurant that labels itself an “eclectic bistro and bar.” Grown up cocktails, a lovely wine list, its location in the “Opera Tower,” and the classy, rococo mirror-festooned interior are all a surprise considering the cheeky seafood combinations and other menu flair. The open kitchen sends out beautifully-plated, light, healthy fare via superbly friendly waiters.
For gay restaurants and cafes check out Landwer is The coffee house of Tel Aviv’s Gay Center in the middle of Meir Garden. And, for the party people, there are several venues in which you can have a full dinner/lunch/breakfast whenever you want, day or night.
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
Carlton Hotel, Royal Beach Hotel, Brown Beach Hotel, Hilton Hotel.