Every Meal Feels Like a Party At This Restaurant in Williamsburg

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Translating to “party” from Hebrew, there’s truly no better word to describe Mesiba, the vivacious restaurant located on the ground floor of the Moxy Williamsburg. Here, the energetic spirit of Tel Aviv meets the rich tapestry of Levantine culture, informed by the childhood recollections of Bar Lab Hospitality’s founding partner, Elad Zvi.

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A testament to the energy of the “Non-Stop City,” Mesiba evokes its essence within an eclectic, design-forward space. Central to the restaurant is its awe-inspiring Bauhaus architecture––a testament to the city’s storied past and innovative present. Yet, Mesiba infuses this traditional architectural style with its own flair.

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The curved marble bar greets patrons as they enter, tempting a quick drink before being seated at one of the Hollywood-style booths with verdant foliage cascading overhead. Mauve, purple, and tan hues dance across the upholstered furnishings, while dishes are served along the travertine tabletops.

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In the kitchen, Chef Eli Buli reimagines traditional dishes from the Eastern Mediterranean with a modern flair. In the spirit of conviviality and celebration, numerous dishes are plated and served to shock and awe.

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One such example is Chef Eli’s Msabbaha Cart: what started as a sketch has now become a permanent fixture. A teak cart is rolled over for tableside preparation, laden with small brass bowls and fresh chickpeas to create a creamy, decadent hummus.

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Those who opt for the Lamb Neck (served with Yemeni pancakes, tahini amba, pickles, and fresh herbs) can expect another appearance from the cart. As for more shocking presentations, the entire table is sure to gasp when the Crispy Whole Fish arrives at the table.

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Order a few more delicious dishes to share—such as Eli’s Baba Ganoush 2.0, Oysters with hibiscus and horseradish mignonette, Charred Octopus, and Tabun Roasted Cabbage

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The cocktail program is stellar, with an array of inventive riffs on beloved classics. The Levinsky Market Martini, Mesiba’s take on a dirty martini served with pickled vegetables in place of olives. Reminiscent of the Espresso Martini is the Motek, made with Absolut, Mr. Black Coffee liqueur, pistachio cordial, espresso, and topped with creamy labneh foam.

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For an unparalleled, unforgettable evening in the heart of Williamsburg, book a table at Mesiba. 

Top Takeaways

Location: Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Address: 353 Bedford Ave (within Moxy Williamsburg), Williamsburg, Brooklyn  11211 

Cuisine: Middle Eastern

Price Point: SS

Takes Reservations: Yes – Resy

The vibe: Akin to its name, every evening feels like a party at Mesiba––guests enjoy Levantine cuisine and vibrant cocktails in a lively, design-forward dining room within the lobby level of the Moxy Williamsburg.

Our favorite thing on the menu: Any dish that requires tableside preparation is as fun to experience as it is to enjoy. We also love the Endless Schnitzel & Fries Special––only available on Tuesdays, this special promises endless servings of Chef Eli’s delicious, crispy schnitzel and seasoned fries for just $28/person.

The attire: Smart Casual

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner: Dinner: Sundays through Thursdays from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm; Fridays and Saturdays from 5:00 pm – 12:00 am.

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