Looks like the beloved souvlaki and shakshuka eggs at Mimi’s Hummus and Wheated‘s Ditmas Park and Kensington pizzas (not to mention a whole lot of other things) have landed the two neighborhood joints some serious love from New York Magazine – which just named them two of their best “cheap eats” in the five boroughs.
New York Magazine says:
Mimi Kitani is known for her hummus, which she blends with lemon and garlic, enriches with olive oil, and tops with everything from fava beans to cinnamon-tinged ground beef. And rightly so: It’s the quintessence of comfort food, even if you weren’t born in Israel, as Kitani was, to Moroccan and Kurdish parents. But the chef is capable of much more, including a luscious lamb pie slicked with tahini, and a sometime special of kuba, a tart Iraqi beef-dumpling soup. The room is tiny and welcoming, with the air of a neighborhood café that’s open all day, from breakfast shakshuka to postprandial mint-and-sage tea.
And for Wheated:
The conventional penny-pinching wisdom holds that the great Naples-style pizzerias—the Kestés, the Ribaltas, the Companys, and the Motorinos—have priced themselves out of the Cheap Eats realm. But Wheated gives the lie to the belief that you can’t make a nicely charred, tender-crusted Neapolitan-esque pizza with a micro-layer of crispness and keep the price point to under $15 per pie on average. Credit David Sheridan, a Paulie Gee’s acolyte, all the more for working his magic in an electric oven. Bonus points for a well-curated menu of rigorously made cocktails.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Ditmas Park eateries have been lauded – last year Mimi’s Iraqi sandwich was given major props by Brooklyn Magazine. And we’re sure this will be one of many accolades for Wheated.