Zahav and Izakaya named to Travel + Leisure list

Zahav, the Israeli restaurant next to Society Hill Towers, and Izakaya, the Japanese lounge in the Borgata, made Travel + Leisure magazine's roundup of 50 best new restaurants in the United States.

Zahav's tout reads: "Can hummus be haute? Yes, in this laid-back Jerusalem-stone room, where chef Michael Solomonov brilliantly reinterprets Israeli street food. Zero in on the meze — say, Sephardic minted-leek fritters with sheep’s cheese and honey, or kibbe naya, a Middle Eastern lamb-and-bulgur tartare scented with allspice. Dinner for two $68."

Izakaya's blurb reads: "Having dazzled New Yorkers with his unexpectedly refined cooking at Buddakan [and Pod in Philly], chef Michael Schulson now masterminds the Pan-Asian small-plates menu at this loungy casino restaurant. Follow shrimp dumplings in white-miso lobster broth with the addictive “kinki” chicken wings: braised in duck fat, crisp-fried, then slicked with spicy-sweet glaze. Dinner for two $105."