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tel aviv: nightlife and restaurants???

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tel aviv: nightlife and restaurants???

My friend and I are women in our 30s who will be in Israel from late May to mid June. What restaurants & nightclubs could you suggest for us? Thank You!!!

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1. Re: tel aviv: nightlife and restaurants???

For nightlife, I'd suggest you check out an English-language web site at www.telavivguide.net. You'll find lots of suggestions there, and for restaurants as well.

But for restaurants, I will give you some of my own recommendations (even though you posted this in the Eilat forum -- did you realize this?). Anyway, Tel Aviv is full of wonderful restaurants. Just trying to pick where to have our first meal in October 2006 set off a major debate among residents and lovers of Tel Aviv on the Trip Advisor forum, and I ended up with a list of more than 20 options! Our first meal was at Orca, a terrific seafood restaurant at 57 Nahalat Binyamin Street, tel. (03) 566-5505. I also recommend a very fine, kosher restaurant called Olive Leaf in the sea-side Sheraton. It has a great view of the Mediterranean Sea as well, and is located at 115 Ha-Yarkon Street, (03) 521-9300. But my favorite restaurant is Orna v’Ella (Orna and Ella), named after its two women owners. This moderately priced, charming restaurant is at 33 Sheinkin Street (Sheinkin is a fun, yuppie district of Tel Aviv), and its number is (03) 528-3376. It serves comfort food, well and creatively prepared. If you’re there, keep an eye out for my friend Aeyal Gross, a professor of international law at Tel Aviv University. He and his partner Ofer eat there a couple of times a week, and he is a great guy. Give him a hearty “shalom” for me. Finally, I also enjoyed a lunch at a reasonably priced seafood restaurant called GooCha at the corner of Dizengoff and Ben-Gurion, not far from Rabin Square, tel. (03) 522-2886. I’m sure it would be great for dinner as well, and I know AZZenny loved her dinner there. We also ate at the Yoetzer Wine Bar in Old Jaffa, and while the food was good, I think it’s overrated for the price. I also felt the service was a little too familiar. We may have just had an off night, of course.

There are also a host of restaurants in the newly renovated Old Port area north of the Hilton Hotel and Independence Park on Ha-Yarkon. This area features many restaurants, clubs, and shops, and was opened to provide a more secure area for Tel Avivians after the bombings earlier in this decade. We ate lunch at Comme Il Faut, a very nice place on the boardwalk on the sea. Our friend Aeyal Gross, who is quite the gourmand, recommended it, and he has yet to steer us wrong. It’s also a shop and a gallery; tel. (03) 544-9211. People also speak highly of Gilly’s in the Old Port, but I have not been there yet.

Shoshi (a Tel Avivan) -- would you like to weigh in?

B'te'avon! (Bon appetit!)

Douglas Duckett

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2. Re: tel aviv: nightlife and restaurants???

OK, my turn. On the street named Ha'Arbaa are several restaurants, all very good. Onami - Japanese, Sofia - Bulgarian, Odeon - Hamburgers and more American style, Pasha - Turkish and kosher (closed on weekends). Sima - Israeli style and kosher. Now moving to Ibn Gvirol street ( a few blocks from Ha'Arabaa)from south to notrh on the eastern side of the road: the new branch of Goocha - sea food (simply great!), Lemon Grass - a simple nice Tahi restaurant, kosher, Martha - inside the ZOA house, Mina Tomei - Eastern cuisine - very good, Indira - on Shaul Hamelech and Ibn Gvirol - Indian, further north - Nona - a cafe with light meals, Lechem Erez - cafe, specialising in Bread products, great "breakfasts" till 1800. Try his bread with peppers and permazan or with eggplants and cheese. Fabiana - Italian, Brasserie - one of the best restaurants in Tel aviv, and Tike - Turkish just opened with good reviews. This list goes till Kikar Rabin. A very short walk really, not so much in the 'tourist zone", but not far from it. There are several pubs too like "Hashoftim" on the other side of the street.

For nightlife I suggest to English speaking people to start with Mike's Place, on the beach next to the US embassy.

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3. Re: tel aviv: nightlife and restaurants???

Is she great or what? One of the reasons I love this forum!

Douglas Duckett

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4. Re: tel aviv: nightlife and restaurants???

Thanks for your replies. I will definately try those places. I went to Tike, the Turkish restaurant, in Turkey - it was great.

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5. Re: tel aviv: nightlife and restaurants???

Thanks for your replies. I will definately try those places. I went to Tike, the Turkish restaurant, in Turkey - it was great.

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