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First Look: Combina Opens in SoHo Merging Spanish and Israeli Flavors

The Bar Bolonat and Taim chef expands again
November 14, 2015
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by Kelly Dobkin

Photos by Clay Williams

The gist: On Tuesday, November 17, chef Einat Admony (Taim, Bar Bolonat, Balaboosta) will open Combina in SoHo. The restaurant takes influences both from Admony's native Israeli cuisine (which she has made famous at her other eateries Taim, Balaboosta and Bar Bolonat), as well as Spanish cuisine, hence the name, Combina.

The food: "I really like the way they eat in Barcelona. It’s very simple and casual and fun. It’s not too serious," she tells us of her inspiration. Admony cooked Spanish cuisine previously at restaurants like Bobby Flay's Bolo and Patria and she points out that many of the ingredients are shared between the two cuisines, with the exception of pork: "Saffron, really good olive oil, many of these ingredients I grew up eating in Israel." Expect creative dishes like tiny salted cod donuts, a mini sabich (Israeli sandwich made with fried eggplant) tostada with Japanese eggplant; and persimmon carpaccio with squid ink vinaigrette. Check out the opening menu below which is subject to change.

Wall mural

Chef Einat Admony

The space: The space itself doesn't have a basement or a walk-in, so dry ingredients are stored on artful wall shelves and market crates around the restaurant. A colorful mural designed by Haifa-based psych-pop group Broken Fingaz is the visual centerpiece along with the open kitchen with bar seating.

330 W. Broadway; 212-226-1248

Combina

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