12 Chairs

Middle Eastern Restaurant and American Restaurant$$$$
SoHo, New York
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  • Yuval T.
    "Great hummus, great spicy shakshuka, actually everything was great"(16 Tips)
    Evelyn G.
    "Excellent choice of Israeli wine and yes the hummus is top-notch!"(26 Tips)
    Nitzan B.
    "Come early on Saturday for a Jachnun before it's all gone"(3 Tips)
    Coby B.
    "Schnitzel is great as well."(7 Tips)
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  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AframAugust 13, 2014
    Delicious food, especially the lamb burgers! Note that this restaurant delivers, a huge plus considering that the space and service isn't on the same level as the food.
    Upvoted Sep 26
  • Gothamist
    GothamistApril 11
    Their menu includes all sorts of comfort foods for the breakfast hours, including french toast, omelettes and, of course, their version of Shakshuka ($12). Read more
  • Vince C.
    Vince C.July 8, 2015
    The Israeli salad and liver and onions were fantastic. They didn't disappoint. You can also choose to split your side if you'd like -- I opted for mashed potatoes to round everything out.
  • Alex N.
    Alex NguyenAugust 14, 2016
    nice place to brunch, not too busy. the eggs baked with tahini are SO good.
  • Becca
    BeccaSeptember 19, 2013
    Surprisingly well-priced for the area. Schnitzel was delicious, and their homemade honey mustard dressing is excellent and can be purchased by the bottle.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh HarringtonOctober 4, 2016
    Light dinner of lamb kebabs, labneh with za'atar, and a Greek salad. Fresh and authentic. Great location in Soho.
  • Daniel L.
    Daniel LevensonJune 24, 2016
    Apparently the key is to get there early (maybe 10 AM) and get the Jachnun, which sells out quickly.
  • elizabeth h.
    elizabeth hendricksMay 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    the Schnitzel Salad is TDF along with the Gemla Cab. Some seriously amazing food/drink here. I just keep coming back for more. All I need to do now is finally try something else.
  • Art J.
    Art JalandoniFebruary 16, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Out new favorite place. Everything is delicious and the staff is great. Come for breakfast and order the Israeli breakfast. Or... The French Toast...
  • Ashley W.
    Ashley WhiteMay 29, 2013
    Hummus with Mushrooms & Onions is absolutely delicious. Served with super fresh warm pita bread and some olives and pickles. Perfect lunch portion!
  • Margie S.
    Margie ShoopJuly 19, 2010
    I had to eat here twice on my last visit because their food is so good. You have to have breakfast there! Great french toast, fresh fruit. Oh and the pancakes have a unique flavor almost like a soft l
  • Elias B.
    Elias BizannesMay 16, 2016
    The shakshuka, Greek omelette and humus are what we had and loved them. Enjoyed the coffee as well and actually the general service.
  • Yuval T.
    Yuval TalOctober 6, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Legit Israeli food. Great hummus, great spicy shakshuka, actually everything was great
  • Gianni
    GianniJuly 14, 2012
    Make sure you get the homemade cream cheese with peppers & dill- so good. Never had a better shakshuka. this place is mad Israeli
  • Alex M.
    Alex MecumAugust 29, 2015
    Blown away. The hummus, labne, lamburger, 12 Chairs salad, Montefiore red wine--all winners. Can't believe how good this place is.
  • Sherman S.
    Sherman ShermanJuly 18, 2011
    The food here is inexpensive and amazingly well done. Highly recommend grape leaves. Lamb kebabs and the falafel hummus. Order a bunch and share.
  • Coby B.
    Coby BermanJanuary 9, 2015
    Best hummus in town. Schnitzel is great as well. Price is right and people treat you well here.
  • Veronika S.
    Veronika SonsevJanuary 24, 2015
    Shakshuka is delicious. Congress with an amazing Israeli salad.
  • Michael K.
    Michael KingFebruary 15, 2014
    This place is amazing for Brunch Sundays if you like middle eastern food, get there early it gets busy
  • D. E.
    D. E.August 23
    Fantastic hummus with fried onions and mushrooms, fresh hot pitas, lovely service, cozy place.
  • Razia K.
    Razia KhanMarch 12
    Araya is to die for! And the lamb burger was really tasty! Great labanah as well!
  • Theresa G.
    Theresa GNovember 10, 2011
    grilled chicken salad was so fresh and delish! served with two slices of crusty bread and red pepper butter
  • Yoav B.
    Yoav BarshadSeptember 20
    If israeli wine comes from occupied territories in violation of international law than I guess they have a good selection
  • Omer S.
    Omer StrulovichDecember 21, 2014
    Pretty good Israel food, try the Shakshuka, Hummus and Schnitzel. Great for homesick Israelis.
  • Octavian C.
    Octavian CostacheMay 12, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The lamburger and the chicken livers are to die for, I can't stop ordering them!
  • Honghui Y.
    Honghui YuJune 4, 2016
    The Israeli guacamole is amazing - like traditional guacamole but with hard boiled eggs
  • Josh S.
    Josh SandsMay 3, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The hummus with onions and mushrooms is a must order the pita is amazing
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShlyugerAugust 25, 2015
    Best hummus and falafel I've had(get the hummus with falafel appetizer)
  • Jordan E.
    Jordan Elpern-WaxmanOctober 14, 2012
    The blintzes here were phenomenal, as was the hummus. The blueberry pancakes were ok, but not the religious experience described by some of the other tips.
  • Patrick C.
    Patrick CasteloOctober 26, 2014
    Sharks hula is the best.. And try the Schnitzels you won't be disappointed..
  • DoubleDeuce
    DoubleDeuceJanuary 28, 2015
    Surprisingly tight squeeze for the neighborhood, I think, but warm and cozy. You're sure to not be disappointed.
  • Yvette P
    Yvette PNovember 17, 2012
    One of the only real places to get a good sit down breakfast in Soho during the week.
  • Evelyn G.
    Evelyn GizyckiApril 28, 2013
    Excellent choice of Israeli wine and yes the hummus is top-notch!
  • Alex E.
    Alex EliasMarch 31
    Hummus with falafel is a must try
  • Elie B.
    Elie BleierJune 29, 2014
    Authentic Israeli breakfast. One order of jachnun is enough for two people.
  • James H.
    James HAugust 22, 2014
    Try Shakshuka eggs for a change up from Huevos Rancheros.
  • Peter H.
    Peter HollensDecember 22, 2011
    Holy crap this place is amazing!!! Get a burger and blueberry pancakes
  • Pratheeksha K.
    Hummus with mushrooms and onions 👍👍 great service as well.
  • angela g.
    angela gaylorApril 29, 2016
    had a great vegetarian broth thingy here. true story
  • Omer D.
    Omer DaninAugust 10, 2016
    Shinitzel salad is simple and perfect, good Israeli food.
  • Parker C.
    Parker ChambersFebruary 4
    Been here 25+ times
    Best basic Greek spot downtown
  • Melzie
    MelzieAugust 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The service is often terrible, so be patient, but the food is nice comfort food when you're in the mood. Cheap and comfy for the hood.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MJanuary 19
    Hummus meat with fresh pita (white and whole wheat) 👏🏼
  • Dmitry N.
    Dmitry NAugust 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing breakfast all day. So tasty and huge portions!
  • Nate B.
    Nate BeattyDecember 30, 2015
    Cozy, great food, friendly staff. A real neighborhood favorite.
  • kiramonkey
    kiramonkeyOctober 10, 2011
    The shakshuka is absolutely delicious & authentic! Be sure to try it!
  • Eileen
    EileenFebruary 15, 2013
    The arugula salad is amazing. Expensive but filling
  • Ksenia S.
    Ksenia SemenovaNovember 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Simple and delicious. I like this place and variety of menu
  • steen
    steenJanuary 25, 2016
    Get their hummus to share! Everything is so good here.
  • Christina Y.
    Christina YNovember 9, 2012
    Amazing snitzel salad :) you won't be disappointed
  • Vikki
    VikkiJune 7, 2013
    Everything is so flavorful here!
  • Mike F.
    Mike FeldmanMarch 2, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Love this place!!!! Great food, great service.
  • Janna M.
    Janna Meyrowitz TurnerJanuary 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Shakshuka in the city...even better than Dr. Shakshuka in Tel Aviv!
  • Susan
    SusanSeptember 28, 2013
    Get the grilled chicken sandwich. And the humus falafel salad.
  • Kay T.
    Kay TeoAugust 6
    The eggs baked in tahini are great
  • Liz
    LizMarch 7
    Best hummus and pita I've had in the city so far
  • Larry W.
    Larry WeinbergFebruary 9, 2014
    Shakshuka!!!! And a wonderful staff. Hope to go back many times...
  • Nitzan B.
    Nitzan BOctober 1, 2016
    Israeli food, really good! Come early on Saturday for a Jachnun before it's all gone
  • Katie A.
    Katie AllingJune 12, 2013
    Best hummus I've ever tasted. Get it!
  • Drew A.
    Drew AustinAugust 5, 2016
    Chicken Schnitzel was quite possibly best I've had.
  • Walter B.
    Walter BlaurockJanuary 1, 2013
    Don't fear; they have more than 12 chairs.
  • Felicia S.
    Felicia SullivanJune 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Grilled Chicken salad - The best char-grilled chicken downtown.
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel ShamirJune 2, 2014
    Amazing quality Israelli food
  • Maya J.
    The hummus is so creamy and delicious!
  • Ryan D.
    Ryan DahlstromMarch 30, 2011
    the mint tea was good...something that I'll try at home...but it'd be better served in a mug!
  • Salomon O.
    Salomon OvadiaMarch 9, 2013
    Stop by on Saturday for the most amazing Hamin!
  • Mauricio M.
    Mauricio MerizaldeAugust 23, 2013
    The lamb burger was out of this world.
  • Craig S.
    Craig SiegelJuly 9, 2013
    Awesome burger and cool Israeli decor
  • Piray A.
    Piray AtsakFebruary 12
    Periogi and labneh are delicious!!!
  • Corey M.
    Corey ManiconeApril 12, 2013
    Try the Warm Chocolate Cake. Unbelievable.
  • Elysia M.
    Elysia MannOctober 12, 2015
    Seems to have potential but other than the cauliflower (amazing), everything else lacked flavor :(
  • Scott S.
    Scott SullivanAugust 24, 2014
    Hummus with grilled onions and mushrooms
  • Daniel A.
    Daniel AxmanJanuary 28
    Enjoyed the schnitzel. Good service and atmosphere.
  • Gregory H.
    Gregory HavioDecember 14, 2014
    #lambburger is delicious. Lovely place
  • EatMeDrinkMeNYC
    EatMeDrinkMeNYCOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I really don't care if you already stuffed your face - order the blueberry pancakes!!!
  • Nada f.
    Nada fouzanMarch 26, 2016
    Shakshouka was good.. the frenchtoast was so dry and average.. the pancakes is so dry and thick (floury taste)
  • John C.
    John CrepezziJuly 22, 2014
    chicken sandwich was a meh - but will give them another shot on falafel soon
  • Paull Y.
    Paull YoungOctober 1, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go the israeli breakfast & a watermelon smoothie
  • Yiannis
    YiannisApril 3, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the pita; it's the best I've had in NY (and I'm Greek!).
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BrightSeptember 5, 2015
    Moroccan Fish makes a great lunch.
  • Abe
    AbeSeptember 2, 2016
    Shakshuka with Feta Cheese!
  • Danyelle M.
    Danyelle MinorFebruary 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Aloe Vera Mimosa is a MUST!!!!
  • David B.
    David BlankeNovember 24, 2014
    Best couscous in NYC
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GluckMarch 25, 2014
    Falafel hummus salad 👌
  • Shi M.
    Shi MehJuly 13, 2013
    Try the watermelon juice :)
  • Adi I.
    Adi IliMarch 28, 2013
    One of the best burgers in town!
  • Olivia S.
    Olivia SenatskyAugust 31, 2013
    Get the spinach&goat cheese Omlett
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥December 6, 2014
    Go for the shakshuka
  • Raquel G.
    Raquel GCMarch 12
    Good brunch, ok service.
  • Bindi K.
    Bindi KariaOctober 5, 2013
    OMG the shakshuka!!
  • Yiannis
    YiannisApril 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    expect excellent food, but not excellent service; the staff seems to be overwhelmed, even when its just you & them, in the place.
  • Evelyn C.
    Evelyn ColemanMarch 27, 2010
    Best hummus. Won the Seeds of Peace PeaceMarket hummus taste off!
  • Rob B.
    Rob BlaskoFebruary 28, 2015
    Israeli breakfast is A+.
  • Ori N.
    Ori NeidichAugust 13, 2014
    Lamb mini kebabs
  • Dillon I H.
    Dillon I HorowitzApril 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The best home fries
  • Al A.
    Al AlvarezDecember 28, 2011
    The Hummus is spectacular
  • Wan D.
    Wan DiApril 5, 2013
    Feast of the gods
  • Ilia M.
    Ilia MJune 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Effing everything :)
  • Aimee
    AimeeFebruary 5, 2012
    Delicious pelmenis
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HinnerJanuary 15, 2011
    The goat cheese salad is phenomenal
  • Olga S.
    Olga SteidlMarch 19, 2012
    Breakfast is served all day
  • Bud P.
    Bud ParrMarch 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One word: Shakshuka
  • Nada f.
    Nada fouzanOctober 19, 2015
    AVERAGE!! Shakshuka is OK
  • Jonathan J.
    Jonathan JaffeJuly 6, 2013
    Very enjoyable
  • Victor M.
    Try the falafel, as if we were in Israel! :)
  • △
    September 5, 2011
    12 Chairs Burger / No Onions
  • Virginie M.
    Happy Comfort food
  • Justin K.
    Justin KalifowitzFebruary 5, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's all about the couscous. Aces.
  • Sydney M.
    Sydney MFebruary 8, 2016
    Lamb burger
  • Victor P.
    Victor PistoletJuly 1, 2013
    It's not expensive!
  • Mollie P.
    Mollie PartesottiFebruary 5, 2011
    Mint lemonade
  • Erin G.
    Erin GoldsmithApril 18, 2010
    Amazing goat cheese salad.
  • Yoav B.
    Yoav BarshadSeptember 20
    Very mediocre food and service
  • EatMeDrinkMeNYC
    EatMeDrinkMeNYCOctober 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Home fries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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