Sababa, the fast casual Mediterranean concept from chef Guy Eshel and restaurateur Matt Semmelhack (Mercer Restaurant Group), is ready for action in the former Paladar Cafe Cubano space.
The cozy (read: tiny) space is geared for quick, healthy eating based on the fresh flavors of Israeli food. The space was designed by the chef himself, and features exposed brick from the year the building was built in 1906, copper lighting fixtures and geometric tile give the space a bright, Mediterranean feel.
In addition to the space, Eshel has created "make-your-own pita" bar, where diners can choose from fillings like falafel, chicken shawarma, and merguez enveloped by made-to-order pitas, or in a bowl. There will also be a selection of salads like charred broccoli with pine nuts and tahini, and a moroccan carrot salad, and a house-made pickle bar. Beverages will include frozen coffee and mint lemonade, beer and wine.
Sababa will be open for lunch starting May 24, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., with the possibility of adding dinner and weekend hours.