237 St. James Place
Philadelphia , PA 19106
Neighborhood: Old City
Parking: Street and valet parking.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible (from rear of building)
Cuisine type: Middle Eastern
Meals Served: Dinner - Mon. thru Sun.
Style: Israeli street food meets modern brilliance in the hands chef Michael Solomonov, whose wood-fired Society Hill kitchen turns out some of the most evocative and inventive little dishes in the city, from charcoal-grilled duck kebabs to fried cauliflower, soulful pomegranate-braised lamb shoulder and hummus so good it redefines hummus. The personable and knowledgeable servers ably guide diners through the small-plate menu (best in the affordable tasting meals), as well as a stand-out Israeli wine list that helps make Zahav a completely transporting experience.
Specialties: Salatim and hummus (foul, masbacha or Turkish variations); laffa; Yemenite soup; crispy haloumi; fried cauliflower; house-smoked sable; fried sweetbreads; grilled duck hearts; Jerusalem kugel; grape leaves; kibbe naya; duck kebab; chicken shashlik; crispy branzino; lamb shoulder; kataifi; basboosa; hazelnut-date rugelach. Small plates, $7-$12; Tayim five-plate menu, $38; Ha'yom six-plate menu, $48.
Alcohol: An affordable beer and wine list, and a fanciful cocktail menu — a mint-juleplike classic lemonnana; Marble Rye infused with pumpernickel and caraway; and a gin Israeli Salad Martini with tomato and cucumber water.
Hours: inner Sunday through Thursday, 5-10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, until 11 p.m.