Falafel at Hakosem in Tel Aviv. “Israeli street food just gets better and better. People are looking to get in on it," says chef-owner Rosenthal. David Bachar

Tel Aviv Eatery Celebrates 15 Years of Pulling Falafel Out of Its Hat

Hakosem, Hebrew for The Magician, is part of an Israeli street-food revolution that is drawing crowds that linger, instead of just satisfying momentary hunger pangs.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the Tel Aviv’s popular Falafel Hakosem restaurant, its owner, Arik Rosenthal, who rarely gives interviews, broke with tradition after a brief campaign of persuasion.

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