Steak your claim

NG in Tel Aviv caters to the consummate carnivore.

NG (photo credit: Courtesy)
(photo credit: Courtesy)
For many of us, there comes a time when we are really in the mood for meat. Not the casual roast beef sandwich but a good cut of beef grilled to perfection.
Neveh Tzedek’s NG steakhouse provides everything that the real meat seeker loves.
Upon entering the restaurant, one is immediately struck by the warm, welcoming atmosphere.
The restaurant is divided into two parts, with a large wooden U-shaped bar linking the two. The smoking area is at the entrance and at one side of the bar. We went through to the main dining area, where seating is at wooden tables and at high tables with bar stools for couples along the walls.
A charming waitress seated us and handed us menus (available in English), which we perused while sipping our beverages. The drink menu is extensive, listing not only Israeli boutique wines and Italian, French, Spanish and Australian products but also blended, malt, Irish whiskeys and bourbon.
We had a chance to sample a wide array of dishes from the enticing menu. First to arrive was the carpaccio flowers, which consisted of beef fillet stuffed with baby leaves and Parmesan cheese.
The meat was tender, delicately flavored and prepared with love.
Strangely, the big winner in the appetizer category at this hardcore meat restaurant was the NG crunch salad. Consisting of mixed greens, crunchy sweet potato strips and Parmesan cheese, served with a delicious house dressing, the salad was not only attractive but was also made from the freshest vegetables and very tasty.
NG is known for its wide variety of cuts of meat, serving cuts that vary in weight from 550 grams to 1.2 kilos. We were told that the steaks would be served on castiron dishes to keep the meat warm and that they would be cooked medium-rare. I don’t normally enjoy meat served this way, as it carries on cooking, but I must admit that the quantity at NG justifies it. We were presented with a mixed grill that consisted of entrecote and small pieces of different flavored peppered picanha. Picanha is a tender beef that is well appreciated all over Brazil for grilling. You can find picanha in most European countries, where it is called cap of rump or Tri-Tip. Everything was delicious. The meat was tender and tasty, and the side dishes provided excellent accompaniment.
We finished off the mains with a sampling of the chili con carne. It was absolutely delicious and had just the right amount of spiciness.
We then ordered hot drinks and took another breather.
Dessert was a welcome simplicity, with a couple of scoops of homemade sorbet, accompanied by well-pulled short espressos.
In short, NG is a really pleasant eatery with good food. It’s a little on the expensive side, but you can expect these prices at a specialty restaurant with guaranteed topquality ingredients and excellent service.
The writer was a guest of the restaurant.
(Not kosher)
6 Ahad Ha’am St., Tel Aviv
Tel: (03) 516-7888