This hugely popular little café serves genuine Israeli food—hummus, the tomateoy stew that’s known as shakshuka, grilled haloumi and more—in a cheery if cramped setting. The food is all terrifically fresh and the service is speedy, so this is a great place to head if you want a sit-down meal, but one that will last less than an hour.

In addition to its original Soho location, this growing chain now has restaurants in Chelsea (at 116 Eighth Ave.), in the West Village (at 50 Carmine St.) and in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (at 258 Wythe Ave.)