Walk. Eat. Shop. Repeat. This is my mantra for a three-day weekend in NYC with a girlfriend. Late Saturday afternoon we head to Nolita to browse through the boutiques. Despite being reservation-less, we hope to snag a table at Balaboosta. Is this chutzpah, or the way most people go with the flow when it comes to dining? We’ll see.
Balaboosta is a Yiddish term meaning “the perfect housewife. ” The restaurant is created by husband-and-wife team Chef Einat Admony and Stefan Nafziger. The Mediterranean menu is inspired by Admony’s Israeli roots. I’ve often recommended Balaboosta to friends, but have never dined here. It’s time to put my money where my mouth is.
We stop by the casually cozy restaurant at close to 7:30 on a Saturday night. There is one table still available. I experience an adrenaline rush, the kind that most people associate with far more adventurous acts.
A balaboosta is defined as more than just a “perfect housewife.” It is also someone who “gives strength or provides sustenance to a family.” As our meal at Balaboosta progresses, Chef Admony goes from strength to strength, twisting familiar Mediterranean flavors to exhibit creative culinary flair. She’s a balaboosta who we can all appreciate.