Who we are
Mishmish is a restaurant, cafe, and artisanal foods shop that offers healthy cuisine made with seasonal and locally sourced food and prepared with Mediterranean focus.
At Mishmish, we want you to feel at home. We believe that food is the universal language, ideally suited to conveying love and understanding. Our embrace of the Mediterranean culture will create an environment of home and hospitality where diners will feel a warm welcome. The culinary experience at Mishmish will include “home-y” food at affordable prices, expertly prepared and presented, made with the best ingredients available and brought to diners with personal and attentive service.
Meny Vaknin, the owner and executive chef of Mishmish Cafe, came to United States from Israel 10 years ago with the dream of becoming a professional chef. He set out to acquire a thorough knowledge of new and classic techniques, graduating with honors from the prestigious French Culinary Institute.
While he employs the skills and expertise acquired in his formal studies, in creating his dishes, he evokes the rich culinary legacy of Morocco that he was taught – with love – from his mother and grandmothers.
In the past several years, chef Meny has worked in some of New York’s acclaimed restaurants. He was part of the team that in 2011 opened renowned French chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant Boulud Sud and went on to serve as executive chef in such establishments as Pera Soho and Grata. While he headed the kitchen at Eastwick in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the restaurant’s signature dish was selected for
Time Out New York’s “100 Best Dishes of 2013.”
Chef Meny has demonstrated his cooking talents in a number of videos, one of which can be seen below. his latest TV appearance was on an award -winning Food Network competition show – stay tuned for more details!