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Pia Mileaf-Patel

$15 a person

Maybe it was watching the gluten free pita (pit-uh) challenge on The Great British Bake Off, or spending too much time stalking food accounts on Instagram, or perhaps it was a combination of the two, but last weekend I couldn't stop imagining pillowy, doughy pita bread fresh from the oven with some smooth, buttery hummus. Thank Dizengoff for supplying exactly that, topped with stewed eggplant, crunchy shallots, and drizzled olive oil—the kind that is so flavorful it's almost spicy.

The internet-food world is freaking out over Dizengoff's NYC location and now that I've tried it, I know why. The actual storefront is in Chelsea Market, which is admittedly unpleasant if you try and find seating, or wish to navigate your way through the hoards quickly. But, it is indoors, so that's definitely an upside in this steamy, sweltering heat. Also, sometimes you can get a free sample at Lilac Chocolate, or Fat Witch bakery ;). And Dizengoff has its own seats! You and a friend can tuck yourselves away in a corner and enjoy shakshuka for breakfast. Or you can pick up some hummus to go for lunch. If you work nearby, I am seriously jealous of your lunch options. The wood-burning oven fresh pita is so good you'll crave it even while standing outside in the sun.

I loved the pickled garlic and peaches, and the other salatim were alright (I prefer traditional tabouleh), but the real star is the hummus. I didn't know it could be that good. I now understand why the dad in You Don't Mess With the Zohan (and now it's in writing that I have seen that movie—oops) eats it using his glasses as a spoon. It comes with seasonal toppings, pickles, and a refreshing chopped cucumber salad. The one we got was sauteed eggplant topped with crunchy fried shallots and chopped herbs. And I will be back for more.