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Israeli-born chef Eyal Ben-Menachem is a gregarious, gracious host who keeps the needs of his guests foremost. Therefore the menu changes regularly, based on which local ingredients are at their peak, though the duck quesadillas, seared tuna salad, and shrimp risotto are a few regularly occurring specials. Portions are large, often big enough to share. In fact, depending on your group size, you may just be served a family-style meal, with no menu or selections offered—although the food will be abundant, with plenty of variety and pizzazz. If you want a touch of romance and privacy, choose patio seating. The large U-shape bar stays open long after the kitchen has closed and attracts plenty of local regulars.