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For a modern spin on Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine, stop in at Timna, located in the East Village of New York City. Chef Nir Mesika uses the flavorful traditions of the Timna Valley of Israel and the historical city of Timna in Yemen to create a culturally relevant menu. Each dish is a harmonious blend of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and North African cuisine prepared in a contemporary fashion.
Timna's menu includes lunch and dinner, as well as brunch options. Beer and wine selections can be expertly paired with each meal. The farmer's burrata is a popular hit and features a white eggplant mousse with crushed tomato, charred onion and baby leeks. The Moroccan linguine at Timna's is served with a root vegetable stew and green pea puree.
Fourth visit here, just as excellent as before. Creative, delicious food, gorgeous presentation, friendly staff in lively space. Recommend Chinatown salad, amazingly smoky mediterranean sashimi, Bedouin octopus, cauliflower with yogurt and the kubaneh bread. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu.
Made a reservation a month in advance for my birthday. Upon arrival, we had to wait over 30 minutes to be seated, then we were seated at a smelly elevated table directly next to the bathroom. The hostess seemed like she was lost and everything was very disorganized. They encouraged us to order this bread dish in a flower pot, total waste. The rest of the food was very heavy and we didn't enjoy it at all, the plating was the only upside. My friend called on two separate occasions to discuss the surprise cake for my bday, they even wished me a happy birthday when we arrived. However, when the check was requested it came, without the cake or candles. I expressed my displeasure to the owner and he didn't care at all, just offered us wine. Ruined birthday dinner, over-priced nasty food, I do not recommend this place at all.
Another fantastic meal at Timna.
The wine, food , service and ambience are wonderful.
Every dish was delectable; Kubaneh bread and labneh is to die for.
Timna is a note able restaurant featuring a number of very, very tasty dishes— though you'll need to order at least two per person to not leave hungry. Fortunately, with cheap eats and dessert places everywhere nearby, that's not such a huge concern. get the bread in the flowerpot; the scallops; the Mediterranean sashimi.
On our visit, there was about an hour lag between the second round of dishes coming out and the third round. We were presented with all three of the deserts on the house to make up for it, but we hadn't planned to have desert there so it wasn't the greatest restitution.
Creative and exceptionally well prepared food. We all agreed the scallops we had were the best ever. Each dish had some unusual combinations and touches that worked with great sauces. We also really enjoyed the chocolate pudding - just perfect! Great Service and an overall wonderful experience.
Upon arrival I had seating options because of private note I left which I loved. We had privacy for our dinner. We chose to get the vday pre fixed menu they offered and it all came deviously on time
A small, charming restaurant with excellent food. We shared six dishes and two desserts among four people, and every bit was delicious. I especially liked the Kubanah bread, scallops with farro, and cauliflower. I really appreciated the fact that there were a number of good vegetarian options on the menu.
The food was good,almost excelent.The sitting conditions were very bad.We sat under a furnace !!! The noise level,both from the people and from the music,almost unbearable.It is a restaurant I went twice:the first and the last time.
My boyfriend and I had a great brunch here! We each got the $22 special, which includes coffee, a mimosa (no refills), small plates, pita, and an entree. This is seriously a great deal. The small plates were plentiful and filling. The pita was large and delicious. My boyfriend liked his polenta enough, but he said it wasn't amazing. I really liked my shakshuka--the tomato sauce was amazing. It was a large portion as well.
Service was great and the small space was warm and inviting. I loved how the light came in through the windows.
Food is great. Service was off. Hopefully it was just an off night.
I definitely recommend trying everything.
Timna has such a nice ambiance. It is very cute and trendy. I went for brunch and their brunch deal is amazing. I got the shakshuka and it was very good along with all the salads that came with it.
Very well made food- both delicious and intricate! Highly recommended
Because we came for lunch on Saturday, only the limited brunch menu was available, precluding us from ordering many of the Israeli dishes we were looking forward to. Still, what we got was very good: perfectly cooked burgers, flank steak, eggs Benedict, the usual brunch suspects. Luckily, a few meze came with the other orders. Outstanding: the wonderful cocktails. Of interest was the 2005 Clos de Gat Cabernet Blend, very fairly prices at $90.
Service was friendly, efficient and accommodating, the somewhat sparse room was comfortable.
Finally made it to this East Village gem! We were the first people seated for dinner, and I wondered why they only offered me such an early reservation... But within 40 minutes, the place was FULL.
Noise level went from pin-drop to party in like 15 minutes.
Our server was lovely and helpful, cocktails were great, and the food was creative and delicious. The chocolate pudding dessert was absolutely ridiculous, and I'd return for that alone...
A great gem with wonderful food and amazing services!
We went to celebrate my husband's birthday and it was such a great experience. Food was amazing and service was great
Edgy neighborhood jaunt that missed the mark due to slow service and an attitudinal owner. Rescued somewhat by tattood bartender who could not have been nicer and hostess who must have experienced complaints before. They ran out of a signature dish (whose main ingredient was bread) at 9pm, and our table of 4 was finished being served at 11:30pm. One thing of questionable human origin on one of our plates, don't know if the DNA was us or waitstaff. Bar only serves beer and wine/wine cocktails. Overall, a miss.
thought the food was very heavy rather than light the way I would usually think of Israeli food - we ordered the shrimp kebabs which were more like fish cakes, glass noodle salad which was light (with lots of carbs) except for the battered deep fried green beans etc
I'm not known for handing out accolades to restaurants underservedly but Timna was a true and pleasant surprise that over delivered on the hype that drew us to it.
The flavors weren't new to me, as an Israeli they merely took the familiar to new places and new heights... but the entire experience, the play on textures, the attention to detail and unassuming location, decore, service and experience were truly pleasing.
Nir is a veritable artist who has clearly invested and opined on every bite he serves. Each dish was meticulously prepared and plated with attention.
From including a few Israeli couscous pearls in the tzaziki amuse bouche... To a few grains of crunchy wild rice alongside the tahini and cauliflower, to the amazing emulsion of dark roasted eggplant with truffles and more.
Highlights were the sashimi/taboule, octopus, shrimp kabobs, harira, pan-Asian salad and the phenomenal bread.
No real lowlights to speak of... Perhaps a touch less date syrup on the farrow or a bit less savory (mushroom?) on the LaLa Land desert, but really that's just splitting hairs.
Get your reservations while you can and prepare for an amazing meal.
Pair with the the Clos De Gat Ayalon Valley red. We did. :-)
We shared all dishes, and started with the delicious Kubaneh bread,
From the "middle" choice, the shrimp kebab and the Mediterranean sashimi. Main course Bedouin octopus, and the lamb saddle.
ALL were very well made, very special and tasty.
Desert.....The porcini creme brulee was one of a kind. Never had nor imagined it is possible to have such a combination of sweet porcini mushrooms that was so well made.
I highly recommend the restaurant. It is not big and reservation is recommended.
Good food, but quite noisy, we asked to move to another table in a more quiet area of the restaurant.
The food was worthy of some of the high end restaurants in NYC. The food was delicious and presentation was spot on. The flavors of the Mideast joined with modern preparations made for some unusual taste sensations . And the waitstaff was terrific.
We had the bunch special which was great - any bunch item plus coffee, mimosa and pita bread with loads of dips and toppings for $20. It's super tasty, interesting flavours and everything is cooked amazingly. A real find.
Wine was overpriced for the glass size/amount of wine.
Visiting from London I wanted to find something contemporary and new to take my work colleague out to, given he's the New Yorker and I'm the Londoner I wanted to impress. So I used Eater NYC and its heatmap to see what was currently hot in the city and close to East Village: voila Timna! It was such a great experience from the starters right through to dessert, with each dish an interesting modern take on not just Israeli food but mediterranean food generally. The Lamb, Octopus and Shrimp dishes I'd call out for special menu, but everything was great. GO before it gets too popular.
Great experience, new flavors, unique cocktails, fun approach to the cuisine.
Very delicious Israeli dishes with a twist. Great value for money, good service. Cool vibe and nice decoration. Tables might be together a bit too close.
Timna was a lovely find! First of all, the house bread is INCREDIBLE (it took all our willpower not to order a second one for the two of us). The Chinatown salad was also insanely fresh and delicious, as were the other dishes we had (sardines, farro with veggies, tilefish). That said, I would come back for the Chinatown salad and bread alone. They were sooooo good!
The 4 entrees our group ordered were all handsomely plated, and much more important, delicious, perfectly cooked. The octopus, not an easy dish to cook, was spot on, enchanced by strong smoky flavors, undercut only by too sour cabbage decorating the plate rather than adding to the assemblage of flavors.
Desserts equally interesting and delicious.
Our server was helpful and efficient .
The noise level rose as the evening wore on, making ordinary conversation somewhat difficult toward the end of the meal.
For the TL;DR crowd – it gets loud REALLY quick around 7pm; we came in at 6:30 and could basically whisper to each other and by the time we left we were yelling. That said, the food is easily worth the noise and the price, and it's a great new place to get a different take on Mediterranean food.
Waited 45 minutes to be seated at a table - very disappointing
I think they are working out some kinks. The food is nice and i like the slight twists to Isreali fare. My dining partner (isreali) wasn't crazy for it but appreciated the effort. He did however, rave about the coffee. Where there were some missteps were: 1. I think this is the hostess's first time working as a hostess. Though she walked us to our table she just stood there as i struggled to pull the table out by myself to squeeze myself through the narrow space between our table and our neighboring patrons'. Part of our brunch included light bites to be served before our entrees. They appeared after our entrees were served and only after i asked for their whereabouts. I may come back after a few months to see if there are any noticeable improvements.
The food is outstanding. But on busy week nights, don't expect your reservation to be adhered to. I don't think we were seated until at least 45 minutes after our reservation time. Kindly, our bar tab was picked up to make up for the wait, though we weren't drinking much since we wanted to order a bottle of wine with our dinner. In addition to the wait for a table, our final courses took a very long time to come out. Our server was on point, I imagine the kitchen was backlogged. We were there from 7:30 p.m. until nearly 11:30 p.m., simply because we were waiting so long. So if you don't mind a leisure evening of eating creative dishes, I would highly recommend this restaurant.
Our entrees were both great interpretations of Mediterranean/new american classics; however, they were not worth the over 30 minute wait between our appetizers. The appetizers also took about 25 minutes to come out. We were left waiting and waiting unsatisfied. We decided to cut our losses short and not have desert so we weren't' waiting another 30 minutes
What is the deal with the tiny servings!!!! Don't see this sort of portion size much these days. I left a bit hungry, and don't feel that I should have to order two entrees to feel satisfied from a dinner. The food was amazing and the service was very attentive and friendly. Let's get it together guys, as I would love to make this a regular haunt.
The food at Timna is imaginative and delicious. Definitely try the La-la-land dessert. The porcini mushroom creme brulee is a standout. The service was good, the rest of the meal was memorable too. Love this place!
Looking for a place for dinner, we tried Timna and it turned out to be a true gem. It was quaint and intimate with great service and wonderful food. The only thing that would make it better was cocktails.
Superb food! excellent twist to traditional middle eastern food.
The Mediterranean sashimi and purple calamari were superb, particularly how their sauces blended impeccably well.
The lamb saddle had a fantastic and light demi-glace, pairing vegetables and was cooked to perfection.
The Bedouin octopus was tasty, summery, fun and refreshing.
We finished with the tarty semi freddo with great yogurt, pineapple and a touch of ginger. Try it!