The first law of thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed, but that it can change forms and locations. While we never understood it in high school, we think we get it now after eating at ZiZi. What Williamsburg lost when Zizi Limona (a utility spot that worked for everything from group brunch to dinner with parents) closed in September, Chelsea gained when ZiZi opened there a month later. The menu at this casual Middle-Eastern spot is almost identical, including a fantastic shawarma plate with juicy chicken and lamb over creamy hummus, and the space even looks similar, with lots of exposed brick, a small bar lined with wine bottles, and a couple of tables on the sidewalk outside.

Featured in

26 NYC Restaurants Where You’ll Want To Become A Regular guide image
26 NYC Restaurants Where You’ll Want To Become A Regular

26 neighborhood spots you should aspire to go to on a bi-monthly basis.

Suggested Reading

Nur review image

Nur is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Flatiron where you can eat excellent breads and creative dishes.

Balaboosta review image

Balaboosta is a Middle Eastern spot from the people behind Taim, and it’s a good option for third dates or weeknight group dinners.

Shuka review image

Shuka is a crowd-pleasing Mediterranean restaurant that will save you when you need to plan a last-minute 10-person dinner.

12 Chairs review image
12 Chairs

A casual, cute place in Williamsburg for Mediterranean dinner and brunch.