Tucked away on a quiet stretch of Mulberry Street in Nolita, Balaboosta opened last year to glowing reviews (the NY Times praised its "Middle-terranean cuisine," as chef Einat Admony calls it). Balaboosta is Yiddish for "perfect housewife"; Admony's interpretation of domestic bliss includes whitewashed brick walls, simple bentwood chairs, and a portrait of her aunt presiding over the dining room. Go to Balaboosta for more information.
N.B. Admony operates a much-loved mobile food truck; for the daily menu and location updates, go to Taim Mobile on Twitter.
Above: The Panka Bench, made by Brooklyn-based artisan Filippo Capula from reclaimed barn wood, offers seating opportunities for waiting diners.