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Israel Is the World’s New Dining Hotspot

Tourism surged to a record last year and is rising even faster in 2018, the nation’s 70th anniversary. Here’s where to eat, with tips from global star chef Yotam Ottolenghi and local hero Eyal Shani
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Roast seabass at North Abraxass restaurant in Tel Aviv is a favorite of chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

Roast seabass at North Abraxass restaurant in Tel Aviv is a favorite of chef Yotam Ottolenghi.

Photographer: Geraldine Hope Ghelli

It’s Thursday night and Tel Aviv is hopping.

Diners are lining up outside of Port Said restaurant; the sidewalk is filled with drinkers. It’s a similar story nearby at Santa Katarina. If you haven’t booked a table, good luck. Across town at the Salon, it’s even more lively. The dining room is jammed and the terrace is packed with people smoking, chatting on their phones or waiting for a table. Many are doing all three.