Rectangles Cafe & Bar
1431 1st Ave, New York, NY
Web Site: http://www.rectanglesrestaurant.com
The hot summer days in New York City evoke a climate not unlike the summer I spent abroad in Israel in 1990. I remember fondly the cafes in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, which stayed open until late in the evening and served all kinds of Middle Eastern delights, including dishes originating from Lebanon, Syria, and Yemen. One such place that comes very close to the experience of eating at an Israeli cafe is Rectangles, a Kosher Israeli/Yemenite restaurant on the Upper East Side that has been in existence in various forms and locations in NYC since 1987.
Rectangles evokes a strong resemblance to the cafes on Dizengoff Street in Tel-Aviv.
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Rectangles is one of the few venues in New York City where you can enjoy a Maccabee, an Israeli lager brewed in the Czech Pilsner style.
Rectangles’ hummus is one of the best in the Israeli style I’ve ever had. Nice and creamy, very garlicky with lots of lemon juice in it.
The hummus is served with a puffy Syrian-style pita bread, nice and hot out of the oven.
A selection of Israeli pickles.
Felafel appetizer, cross section
French Fries and Israeli Salad.
Chicken Saute with rice and peas.
Meatballs with Cous Cous. This was a big hit with everyone.
“King” Malawach, the Yemenite equivalent to a Chinese scallion pancake. Its construction is similar to French pastry, with hundreds of layers. Its topped with egg, tomato, and mushrooms.
Stuffed grape leaves with Turkish salad.
Kibbe, a Lebanese dish made with bulgur wheat, beef and pignoli nuts. Another big winner at the table.
Israeli-style babaghanoush, or roasted eggplant pureed with sesame paste, garlic and lemon juice.
Halvah, or sesame paste candy coated with chocolate and nuts.
A malawach with chocolate sauce.
This is not a pint of Guinness — its a Turkish coffee. My suggestion is not to drink one of these past 6 at night, it’s very strong, and sweet.
Moroccan-style mint tea, with fresh mint sprigs and black tea.