Chickpeace Opens in New City

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There can never be too many cooks in the kitchen. Just ask Max Miara, owner of Chickpeace, a new glatt kosher Mediterranean eatery in New City. Miara, his two nephews (one of whom owned a restaurant in Israel) and his sister (a former caterer who worked from home in Monsey) are cooking up a storm. The specialty at this four-month-old establishment is falafel, served with hummus, parsley and spices.
But the family — sister Bruria Nachmani and nephews Tomer Biton and?Israel Miara are show below — is also making a killer hummus in a pita with a salad and tahini sauce.
And yes, the name is a play on the main ingredient in hummus:?chick peas. Another favorite dish here is shawarma, which is chicken in Mediterranean spices cooked slowly on a spinning skewer over a low heat. And the salad bar is sure to become famous here. The choices are endless and include hummus, Israeli salad, Moroccan carrots, tabbouleh, baba ghanoush, fried eggplant, red pepper, cabbage, pickles, sauerkraut and beets (made with vinegar, cumin, parsley, salt and pepper).
Details:?83 S. Main St., 845-499-2400 or 845-499-2500, www.chickpeace83.com

Story by Sandra Levy; photos by Carucha L. Meuse

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