This mini-chain of well-worn, well-loved cafes (Oaklands is kosher, Berkeleys describes its food as "kosher style") serves Israeli fare as well as the diasporas best hits. Everybodys here for a taste of home, be they from Tel Aviv, Manhattan, or St. Petersburg. Start with matzo ball soup, the big sinkers enriched with schmaltz, continue with chicken-filled kreplach, and then dive in to a platter of Israeli salads, freshly made falafel, and lamb shawarma. If you order Holy Lands halvah for dessert, you may find yourself loving the stuff for the very first time.
Hours: 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sun.-Fri.; closed Sat.
Tags: Middle Eastern
Payment Type: MasterCard, Visa, cash