Benny and the (soda water) jets

Don’t blink; you’ll miss it.

A 4×4 hole-in-the-wall with back-lit jars stacked up against a white tile wall and a vintage espresso machine; a line twenty deep of people waiting to place an order. Benny smiling in the window; waiting to greet you with his slight Spanish accent.

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You’ll happen upon Cafe Levinsky 41, and you won’t quite be sure what’s going on from a distance. You might even pass it; but don’t. You’ll be missing out.

Here, from this tiny stand Benny serves coffee and small baked goods, but more importantly he serves the most beautiful gazoz you will ever see.

Gazoz is an old-school Israeli beverage made of sugary-sweet syrups and soda water, but Benny’s is different.

All of his syrups are homemade with real seasonal fruit, flowers, herbs, and the occasional surprise ingredient you can’t quite distinguish. He concocts these fizzy pick-me-ups on a whim; no menu, no recommendations- he just knows. You never get the same thing twice, but no matter what you get it’s always delicious.

Take it to go and stroll through the Levinsky spice market. While you’re at it, have some bourekas from Bourekas Penso across the way. You won’t regret the carbs, I promise!

 

Cafe Levinsky 41

41 Levinsky St., Tel Aviv

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. gberen5833@comcast.net says:

    Wonderful article re: Foods of Israel. The young writer really seems to know her tastebuds. Please keep us on your mailing lists as while reading and looking at the pictures am beginning to think of lunch and what foods are available. Regards, Nancy & Gary Beren, USA.

  2. stuart.diamond@gmail.com says:

    Just visited the web site – loved the video.

    Sent from my iPhone

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  3. Stuart Diamond says:

    Excellent review.

    On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 11:03 AM, A fresh guide to Israeli food, sans the falafel cart. wrote:

    > ilana beth posted: “Don’t blink; you’ll miss it. A 4×4 hole-in-the-wall > with back-lit jars stacked up against a white tile wall and a vintage > espresso machine; a line twenty deep of people waiting to place an order. > Benny smiling in the window; waiting to greet you with his” >

  4. Debbie Diamond says:

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    Debbie Diamond

    On Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 11:03 AM, A fresh guide to Israeli food, sans the falafel cart. wrote:

    > ilana beth posted: “Don’t blink; you’ll miss it. A 4×4 hole-in-the-wall > with back-lit jars stacked up against a white tile wall and a vintage > espresso machine; a line twenty deep of people waiting to place an order. > Benny smiling in the window; waiting to greet you with his” >

  5. GMA DEED says:

    Mouth Watering will certainly make a point of visiting on my
    next visit to ISRAEL!✡

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