By COLlive reporter
Newly opened and the hottest reservation in town.
The trendy new restaurant Alenbi in Crown Heights has opened this week to crowds of delighted customers on Sunday night after a week-long soft opening.
During the first week, friends and family were invited to sample the Israeli cuisine, while staff received training so that they were prepared to offer impeccable service when the restaurant opened to customers this week.
Now open every evening from 5:30-11:00 pm, Sunday through Thursday, the restaurant will be taking reservations online beginning Sunday at alenbikitchen.com, but walk-ins are welcome.
Owner Yuda Schlass says the restaurant is booked for the next two weeks with reservations from both local and out-of-town clientele.
But he said those who can’t wait to sample the upscale Mediterranean cuisine by Israeli Chef Elior Balbul can find a way around it.
“From 5:30-7:00 pm is a good time for walk-ins, since the restaurant hasn’t filled up with the evening crowds yet,” he told COLlive.com.
Schlass says the restaurant has been full throughout the nights, since opening, with customers’ reactions even better than he anticipated.
“People love the space and the ambiance, which is modern and yet very homey,” Schlass says, with the open kitchen really drawing customers who can watch the chef as he creates the dishes from colorful and fresh ingredients.
“They love that the food has somewhat familiar flavors, yet they are new style dishes,” Schlass says. “Many have told me that this is definitely something that was missing from the Kosher market,” he says.
“It’s so exciting to have a restaurant of this caliber, which is Kosher and right here in our neighborhood,” Chana Blumes, a photographer who lives in Crown Heights, told COLlive.com.
Blumes was impressed with the presentation and taste of the dishes, as well as the overall experience. “The way the dishes are plated is beautiful, and the flavor combinations are unique and something most people may not have tried before,” she said.
Her favorites are the falafel tartare, “simple yet with complex flavors, at the same time,” as well as the freshly baked Moroccan-style Frena bread with dips such as crushed tomato, tahini and harissa, all made in house.
“They are really raising the bar for Kosher restaurants, not only for food but also for ambience. This is not your average steakhouse. You really feel that they put a lot of work into every detail,” Blumes said.
The restaurant’s liquor license is still pending until November.
Address: 887 Nostrand Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Phone: (347) 529-3739
Kashrus: OK Kosher